Digi-Key Corporation Receives Elektronik Distributor of the Year Category Awards

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - December 18, 2008

Digi-Key Corporation was recently named Distributor of the Year in the Optoelectronics Product Portfolio category by Elektronik, a leading magazine for design engineers and technical management within the German electronics market. The awards were presented during electronica 2008 November 11-14 in Munich.

These Distributor of the Year awards were selected by readers of Elektronik and its publishing company's website, elektroniknet.de. Product segments evaluated in the survey included active components, passive components, electromechanics, and optoelectronics/displays. For each segment, there were five criteria for the assessment defined including, product portfolio, product availability, delivery services, technical competence/support, and total impression. Elektronik readers participating in this year's survey totaled 1,683.

Elektronik Distributor of the Year award for 2008 presented in the Optoelectronics Product Portfolio"We are very happy to have received these awards," said Steven Tsukichi, Digi-Key vice president of strategic operations and CMO. "Digi-Key's goal is to offer our European customers best in class customer service with an emphasis on product choice and availability. These awards are testament that our marketing strategies are working and that German design engineers are indeed discovering Digi-Key's unique value proposition."

Photo insert: Steve Tsukichi, Digi-Key vice president of strategic operations and CMO, recently accepted a Distributor of the Year award in the Optoelectronics Product Portfolio category from Sonja Diehl, international account manager for Elektronik. Digi-Key also received rankings in the Optoelectronics Product Availability and Active Components Product Availability categories. The awards were presented at electronica 2008 in Munich, Nov. 11-14.

Digi-Key's German catalog and website, www.digikey.ee, were launched in 2004. Europe currently represents one of Digi-Key's strongest areas of growth. Committed to stocking all of the products in its 2,200 page print catalog, Digi-Key has one of the industry's most expansive product offerings. All orders are shipped from Digi-Key's Thief River Falls, Minn., USA facility via UPS Express Air for delivery to European customers in one to three days. With 2,000 employees, Digi-Key ranks as the fifth largest distributor of electronic components in North America and the ninth largest distributor worldwide.

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.