Digi-Key Corporation and HARTING Technology Group Announce Global Agreement

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - June 1, 2012

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's largest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced it has entered into a global agreement to distribute HARTING Technology Group products.

"Digi-Key's strength in the market is that we focus exclusively on electronic components and the needs of the engineering community and its purchasing agents," said Dave Doherty, Digi-Key's vice president of global supplier and product operations. "HARTING's well-known reputation as a driver and leader in the introduction of new interconnect technologies is an important and critical new offering that we are excited to bring to our global customers."

HARTING uses skills in the electrical, electronic, and optical connection, transmission, and networking fields to develop customized solutions and products such as connectors for energy and data transmission applications. HARTING also produces electromagnetic components for the automotive industry and specializes in industrial applications including enclosures, housings, cabling, assembling individual or complete systems, and automated vending systems.

"Our partnership with Digi-Key, one of the fastest growing distributors of electronic components in the world, will make it easier and faster for the engineering community to find and specify just the right HARTING solutions for their applications," explained Rolf Meyer, president and CEO of HARTING Inc. of North America. "Digi-Key's strong presence in the market will support the expansion of HARTING globally. Given Digi-Key's strong web base, this partnership will advance HARTING's online presence anywhere in the world, allowing 24/7 access."

HARTING connectivity products are available for purchase now on Digi-Key's global websites.

About HARTING

Founded in 1945 in Minden, Germany, the HARTING Technology Group is privately owned and employs approximately 3,400 people globally across more than 40 subsidiaries and branch offices. With production facilities in Europe, Asia and the United States, the HARTING portfolio of connectivity solutions focuses on multiple levels, from the machine to the device and into the communication infrastructure. Product offering includes electrical and electronic interconnect products, backplane solutions, network components and cable harnesses for various industrial and high reliability markets. HARTING strives for the next design challenge to help serve its' customers better.

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.