Digi-Key Corporation Expands Distribution Agreement with Hirose Electric Co., LTD

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA - April 4, 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, today announced it has signed a global agreement to distribute products from Hirose Electric Co., LTD, including European and Asian countries.

Products from Hirose are now available for purchase on all of Digi-Key's global websites and will be featured in future online catalogs.

Hirose specializes in the manufacturing of connectors and has produced multiple interconnective solutions for mobile communications, broadcasting, computers, consumer electronics, measurement and control solutions, and automotive needs.

Jeff Shafer, Digi-Key vice president, interconnect, passive, and electromechanical product, said, "We are very pleased to expand our agreement with Hirose. We are certain Hirose's continued winning approach to product development will be of significant interest and appeal to design engineers all over the world seeking solutions."

"During our 26-year history together, Digi-Key has been an important partner in our sales network, giving design engineers easy access to Hirose components," said Tatsuro Nakamura, president of Hirose Electric. "We are excited to extend our partnership to Europe and Asia to support our customers through the comprehensive Digi-Key sales and marketing infrastructure."

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 Hirose

Hirose (Simi Valley, California) is a development-oriented company whose growth is underpinned by marketing and innovation. The Hirose product range is based on advanced technology and a high level of specialization. Due to many years of experience Hirose has created a solid financial and managerial foundation that insures steady growth, and has developed and manufactured a vast range of well over fifty thousand different types of industrial connectors that require advanced technology and a high level of specialization.

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.