Digi-Key Corporation Named 'Most Preferred Catalog Distributor' for China by ES&M – China Annual Survey

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - July 2, 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 was recognized as one of the Most Preferred Catalog Distributors in China. Digi-Key, and four other catalog distributors, received this recognition as the five most preferred catalog distributors from Electronics Supply & Manufacturing (ES&M) – China magazine, published by Global Sources.

Digi-Key was chosen to receive this recognition by electronics manufacturers across China as part of the 10th Annual Electronic Components Distributor Survey, conducted by ES&M – China.

During a ceremony held June 3 in Shenzhen, China, industry analyst Emily Yu presented the full results of ES&M – China's annual survey, which outlined how distributors are conducting business in China as well as challenges and plans for the future.

"This recognition as one of the most preferred catalog distributors in China speaks to Digi-Key's commitment to expanding our reach in China and other markets in the Asia-Pacific region," said Mark Larson, Digi-Key's president and COO. "By the end of May this year, Digi-Key had already seen a 347% increase in sales in China compared to the same period of time in 2009. We are excited to see this kind of growth and to explore opportunities to better serve our customers in China and around the globe."

Digi-Key's total sales worldwide from January to May 2010 increased by more than 70% over worldwide sales during the same period in 2009.

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 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.