Avnet expands distribution operations in Europe

Avnet expands distribution operations in Europe
Mick Elliott
Avnet has strengthened its European presence with the acquisition of Optilas SA, the specialist optoelectronic component and test equipment distributor.
The plan is to merge Optilas with BFI-Ibexsa, the RF and microwave component distributor acquired by Avnet three years ago. The companies will keep separate sales teams but merge logistics, administration financial operations.
Optilas has five subsidiaries in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. Last year’s sales were $45m. Franchises include Centronic, Laser Diode Inc, Graseby and Optelecom.

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