Digi-Key and Harwin Sign Global Distribution Agreement

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - August 23, 2010

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, and Harwin today announced the two companies have entered into an agreement in which Digi-Key will distribute Harwin's products to customers worldwide.

Harwin is a leading manufacturer of hi-rel connectors and SMT board hardware. With a more than 50-year history of manufacturing electronic components, Harwin has a wealth of experience in the industrial/instrumentation, military/aerospace, medical, consumer electronics, telecommunications, and test and measurement markets. Harwin products are currently available for purchase on Digi-Key's global websites and will be featured in future print and online catalogs.

"We are very pleased to announce this distribution agreement and provide Harwin's high quality, high reliability interconnect products to our customers," said Jeff Shafer, Digi-Key's vice president of interconnect, passive, and electromechanical product. "In addition to the value this agreement will bring to design engineers around the globe, this new partnership with Harwin affirms Digi-Key's commitment to working with the world's foremost suppliers of electronic components."

Doug Steele, Harwin's global vice president of catalog distribution, said, "We are delighted to have signed this distribution agreement with Digi-Key, which will enable customers worldwide to access Harwin's Datamate hi-rel 2 mm interconnect family as well as other Harwin products such as our EZ-Boardware range of surface mount PCB hardware. With this new agreement, more designers will learn about our products, bringing real benefits to the projects they are working on."

Digi-Key Corporation focuses on providing customers with superior service, which includes product selection and availability, on-time delivery, and responsiveness. Using leading-edge processes and state-of-the-art technologies, Digi-Key serves a global customer base from its 600,000 square foot facility in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA.

About Harwin

Harwin is a manufacturer of standard and customer interconnect components with an enviable reputation for high quality and exceptional customer service. Harwin (Portsmouth, UK) has been successfully manufacturing electronic components for more than 50 years. Harwin's sales and service extend worldwide via offices and manufacturing facilities in the UK, USA, Germany, Singapore, and Taiwan and a worldwide distribution network. Products include: high reliability devices; RFI and PCB hardware; and an extensive range of industry standard interconnection solutions. The company operates a continuous product development program and offers a custom connector design service.

About Digi-Key Corporation

Digi-Key Corporation, based in Thief River Falls, Minn., is a global, full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, offering more than three million products from over 650 quality name-brand manufacturers. With over one million products in stock and an impressive selection of online resources, Digi-Key is committed to stocking the broadest range of electronic components in the industry and providing the best service possible to its customers. Additional information and access to Digi-Key's broad product offering is available on the Digi-Key website.