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Premier Farnell and Fox Electronics sign global franchise distribution agreement for new range of crystals, fixed and configurable oscillators, TCXOs and VCXOs

Premier Farnell

1 November 2011, London – Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), the multi-channel electronics distributor announces a global franchise distribution agreement with Fox Electronics, a leading specialist in the design and supply of frequency controllers.

Customers of Premier Farnell’s operating businesses of Farnell, Newark/element14 and element14 will now have global access to Fox Electronics’ full line of crystals, oscillators, TCXOs, VCXOs and Fox’s XpressO Crystal Oscillator, which has been classed as a breakthrough in configurable Frequency Control Solutions. XpressO utilises a family of proprietary ASICs, designed and developed with a key focus on noise reduction technologies. XpressOs XOs & VCXOs come in various packages and voltages and are configurable with custom frequencies from 0.75MHz to 1350 MHz with extremely low jitter.

In this agreement, Fox electronics will extend their marketing support to all global operations of Premier Farnell, and collaborate on new product information via element14, Premier Farnell’s innovative information portal and online community for electronic design engineers to globally collaborate, share and access new information to support them in their design work.

Through Premier Farnell’s global distribution network and element14, Fox’s new products can be ordered in bulk and are available for next-day delivery supported by local language websites and regional offices to ensure excellent sales and technical support for customers on all its product lines.

“Our partnership with Fox Electronics shows our commitment to offering the latest innovations in the crystals and oscillators space, “said Marianne Culver, Global Head of Supplier Management and Supply Chain at Premier Farnell. This is another example of how we support our customers by creating market first, powerful and strategic relationships.”

“Fox Electronics is very excited to expand our relationship with Premier Farnell. With Fox’s innovative products and Premier Farnell’s high service business model from conceptual design to production together we are going reach out to our customer base in a more effective way,” said E.L. Fox, President Fox Electronics.

Photo Caption: Fox’s XpressO which has been classed as a breakthrough in configurable Frequency Control Solutions

About Premier Farnell

Premier Farnell plc is leading the way in the high service, multi-channel provision of essential products, information, software and technology solutions to electronic design engineers, maintenance and repair engineers and purchasing professionals globally. Its differentiated proposition includes 29 local language transactional websites, and the critically important element14 electronics Community for design engineers – an industry first (www.element14.com). With sales last year of £795.3m and underlying profits of £54.8m the Group distributes its comprehensive portfolio of products and services throughout Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, supported by a global supply chain of over 3,500 suppliers and an inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet its customers’ needs.

While global in scope, Premier Farnell recognises the individual needs of each market and has continued to internationalise its model accordingly, trading locally under different brand names. Its primary electronics businesses trade as Farnell in Europe, Newark in the US, Canada and Mexico and Farnell Newark in Brazil. Across Asia Pacific the business trades as element14.

Key facts

• Operations in 35 different countries

• 4,100 employees

• Over 2 million customer contacts in 156 industries

• Over 3,500 leading suppliers

• Over 400,000 products stocked with access to over four million more on demand

• Global leader in legislation RoHS, WEEE, REACH

For more information visit the website at Premier Farnell.

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Contact Details:

Americas Contact:

Janice Fleisher

Communications Americas

Tel: +001 (1) 773 907 5941

Email: jfleisher@newark.com

APAC Contact:

Christina Loh

Communications APAC

Tel: + 65 6788 3922

E-mail: cloh@element14.com

European Contact:

Aakriti Kaushik

PR Manager, Europe and Global

Premier Farnell and Farnell

Tel: +44 (0) 113 279 0101

Email: akaushik@premierfarnell.com

PR Agency Contact:

Jonathan Roberts

Pinnacle Marketing Communications, Ltd

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8869 9339

E-mail: j.roberts@pinnaclemarcom.com

Source: Premier Farnell