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Avnet announces investment in German operations

16th May 2022
Mick Elliott

Avnet is making a multi-million Euros investment to expand its operations in Germany.

Avnet EMEA announced plans to build its third European logistics centre in Bernburg, and Avnet Embedded broke ground on a new manufacturing site at Breisgau Industrial Park in Eschbach near Freiburg, Germany.

The new facility will focus on industrial electronic systems and is a direct response to a significant growth in global demand for innovative embedded solutions.

The completion of the build and move to Eschbach is scheduled for early 2023. The new campus will be home to 8,000m2 of manufacturing space, 7,200 m2 of warehousing space and 3,000 m2 of office and recreational space with parking.

Compared to the current facility in Freiburg, Eschbach will have about twice as much manufacturing space connected to a large logistics space. Employees and visitors will also be able to take advantage of extensive green spaces and grounds.

Avnet Embedded has signed a long-term rental agreement on the site and is investing several million euros in equipping the highly automated manufacturing site, which will use leading-edge technologies and sustainable manufacturing processes to achieve carbon neutrality for its operations.

Particular attention is being paid to providing attractive workplaces for all employees and ensuring sufficient capacity reserves for growth. In the last two years alone, the workforce at the Freiburg site has grown by over 20%.

Dr. Dominik Ressing, vice president Avnet Embedded, says: “At Avnet, we see the embedded business worldwide as the growth engine of the future and are therefore continually expanding our design and manufacturing capacities for industrial electronic systems. With the new site, we are taking a major step towards realising double-digit growth in the coming years. Moreover, we intend to maintain the company’s in-house expertise in the most advanced technologies.”

Avnet EMEA is investing more than 225 million Euros in a high-performance distribution centre in Bernburg, Germany. The building will be approximately 56,000 square meters of logistics space for electronic components including semiconductor electronics. In addition, the centre will create several hundred jobs. 

Slobodan Puljarevic (pictured), president of Avnet EMEA, indicated the centre will “serve the growing market for semiconductors and electronic components and is part of Avnet’s growth strategy in Europe to ensure a high-level of customer service.” The site is centrally located in Europe with convenient transport links to the DHL hub at Leipzig-Halle Airport.

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