Digi-Key Corporation and Panasonic Electric Works Corporation of America Expand Distribution Agreement to Include Asia-Pacific Territories

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - July 21, 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, today announced it has signed an expanded distribution agreement with Panasonic Electric Works Corporation of America, a market leader in electromechanical and solid-state relays. The expanded agreement will allow Digi-Key to distribute Panasonic Electric Works products in the Asia-Pacific territories, in addition to the existing franchises for the Americas, Japan, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.

Among the more than 1,400 Panasonic Electric Works products stocked by Digi-Key are connectors, relays, sensors, and switches. These products are available on Digi-Key's global websites and are featured in its print and online catalogs.

"We are very pleased to extend our relationship with Panasonic Electric Works to the Asia-Pacific territories," said Jeff Shafer, Digi-Key's vice president of interconnect, electromechanical, and passive product. "We are confident customers will benefit as we add quality products from Panasonic Electric Works to our offering for these territories."

"Digi-Key is an important partner in our sales network, giving design engineers easy access to Panasonic components," according to Steve Cummins, PEWA General Manager, Marketing. "We are excited to extend this availability to a broader design community throughout Asia."

About Panasonic Electric Works Corporation of America

Panasonic Electric Works Corporation of America is a leading supplier of electromechanical and solid-state relays, built-in sensors, connectors, and switches. Products include a full range of automation controls and industrial sensors. Panasonic Electric Works is a US subsidiary of Panasonic Electric Works., Ltd. For more information, visit www.pewa.panasonic.com.

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.