Digi-Key Corporation Achieves $1.5 Billion Sales Milestone

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - March 16, 2011

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, surpassed $1.5 billion in global sales for the first time in 2010, generating a half-billion dollars in the fourth quarter alone. The record-setting total represents a 64 percent year-over-year sales increase for the electronic components distributor.

Design engineers, equipment manufacturers, innovators and hobbyists rely on Digi-Key for both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components. Digi-Key offers more than 2 million products from more than 470 brand-name manufacturers worldwide, as well as engineering know-how, technical expertise and educational information to help customers successfully develop electronics.

Digi-Key is known for its high level of in-stock components, giving it the ability to ship orders immediately to all corners of the globe. The company is also respected for its high level of customer service and support.

"Our sales continue to grow because of our unparalleled presence online and immediate access to products and information," said Mark Larson, Digi-Key president and COO. "Our customers know we have the products they want and we deliver around the world faster than anyone else."

2010 Digi-Key sales increased at a rate almost double that of the industry. The strength of Digi-Key's business model and the fact that it offers the industry's greatest breadth of electronic components for off-the-shelf delivery have been significant factors in driving Digi-Key's record breaking international sales growth. The largest annual 2010 sales gains were in Europe (120 percent), Africa (118 percent), Asia-Pacific (115 percent), and the Middle East (78 percent) over 2009 sales.

The company is projected to reach nearly $1.8 billion in worldwide sales for 2011.

Digi-Key is a vital part of the Thief River Falls, Minn., community where it is one of the top employers. As of January 2011, the company employed more than 2,400 people, and plans to add hundreds more this year. To support its growth and customer service focus, Digi-Key hired more than 670 new employees in 2010.

The company publishes TechZone™ Magazine, an industry resource for microcontroller, lighting, wireless and sensor solutions. Digi-Key also offers product training modules, social interaction on Facebook and Twitter, iPhone and Android apps, Technical and Design Support Services and "Another Geek Moment" videos on the Digi-Key YouTube channel.

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.

Editorial Contact for Digi-Key Corporation
Erica Hanson
publicrelations@digikey.com