Omron Electronic Components Announces Digi-Key Corporation 2005 Distributor of the Year

SCHAUMBURG, Illinois, USA - May 2, 2006

Omron Electronic Components announced Digi-Key Corporation as their 2005 Distributor of the Year at the annual Electronics Distribution Show in Las Vegas. Accepting the award was Digi-Key President, Mark Larson.

Criteria for the award was judged over Omron’s fiscal year, ending March 31, 2005, and included surpassing the $5 million resale mark, continued year-on-year market share growth, overall customer base growth, product breadth, and new product promotion. The strong focus and development of a multi-tiered partnership in the USA and also with Omron Corporate Headquarters in Kyoto, Japan, further contributed to Digi-Key’s success.

“We were delighted to present the 2005 Distributor of the Year award to such a strategic, long term partner,” said Kris Whitehouse, Distribution Manager of Omron Electronic Components. “Digi-Key's ability to quickly bring product introductions into the hands of design engineers benefits Omron globally by establishing print position. Their commitment to volume purchasing solidifies the perception with the customers that they not only have a wide product offering available in stock, but they also can support volume requirements with the depth of their inventory. These two key components enable Digi-Key to be a complete customer and manufacturer solution.”

“Digi-Key is very pleased and honored to accept this award from Omron,” said Mark Larson, Digi-Key’s president and COO. “We are further pleased that Omron recognizes Digi-Key’s commitment and the efforts and progress we’ve made to fulfill the needs of both design engineers and volume purchasing professionals.”

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.

About Omron

Omron Electronic Components is a leading manufacturer and provider of advanced electronic components. Extensive product groups include relays, switches, connectors, optical sensors, and optical components. Omron Electronic Components is the Americas subsidiary of Omron Corporation, a $5.5 billion global leading supplier of electronics and control system components and services. Their broad product offering can be found in applications for the communications, transportation, medical, HVAC, appliance, industrial automation, consumer electronics, and test & measurement markets around the world. Omron Electronic Components has an extensive sales network consisting of regional sales engineers, inside sales representatives, technical sales assistants, customer service staff, and an authorized Distributor network.