CMS acquires French distributor Avesta

CMS Distribution has acquired Avesta, a French distributor based in the outskirts of Paris.

Avesta specialises in distributing mobile solutions and high-tech products. Focused on the French market, it employs 32 people. CMS says this acquisition further strengthens its position as one of Europe’s leading IT specialist distributor.

“We are delighted to welcome Avesta to the group, they have a great reputation for excellent customer service and product knowledge which perfectly complements CMS’ values,” commented founder and CEO of CMS Distribution Frank Salmon.

“Going forward our French customers will gain access to an increased product portfolio, additional sales and marketing resources and more competitive offerings. We are very excited to offer our vendor partners new routes to market, allowing them to explore new business opportunities.”

Following the acquisition, CMS will now employ over 400 people across the group with a strong foothold in Europe covering the UK, Ireland, France, Benelux and Scandinavia, in addition to its locations in China and USA, which was established in 2018.

CMS will continue to run the business under Avesta’s brand for the foreseeable future. Avesta’s leadership and management team will remain, focusing on the growth of the business throughout Europe. 

Jeanluc Delaunay, directeur général at Avesta, said: “We are excited to be part of a large global distribution business and CMS has certainly demonstrated their growth plans in recent years. It will be great to be able to leverage their systems, resources and some of their Vendor partners going forward, so we can embark on this journey of growth together.” 

In addition to this news, on the 1st September 2019, CMS relocated its warehouse and integration facility to a brand new 150,000 sq. ft. logistics centre in Castleford, Yorkshire. The new state of the art centre will provide scope for CMS to increase its integration capability and continue its customised warehousing services, to support its growth plans. CMS is also offering vendors and customers additional storage capacity for Brexit contingency planning.   

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