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Avnet Electronics Marketing Adds Airpax Power Protection Products to Line Card; Avnet's Technical Resources and Proven Track Record Cited as Critical Differentiator

Wednesday, October 13, 2004 9:26 am MST

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PHOENIX

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AVT
"We are very pleased to partner with Avnet Electronics Marketing to bring our products to a broad customer base"
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 13, 2004--Avnet Electronics Marketing announces an agreement with Airpax Corp. to distribute the company's Power Protection and Thermal Sensing Products in the Americas region. Founded in 1947, Airpax is a global supplier of over-current protection and thermal sensing components.

"The addition of Airpax products to the Avnet Electronics Marketing line card will enhance our customers' array of choices in a variety of systems in the telecommunications, industrial equipment, railway, power conditioning, HVAC, vehicular and information processing markets," noted Pat Wastal, senior vice president of Avnet's interconnect, passive, and electromechanical (IP&E) product group. "Airpax enjoys a market leadership position in the design and manufacturing of magnetic circuit breakers for equipment and PCB thermostats and we are pleased to offer these products."

"We are very pleased to partner with Avnet Electronics Marketing to bring our products to a broad customer base," added Don Pruitt, Airpax Power Protection Products director of sales and marketing. "Avnet's innovative supply chain programs and services, as well as their specialized technical expertise in IP&E products will give our mutual customers significant advantages in designing around these critical application areas."

Airpax Corp. comprises two subsidiaries. Power Protection Products, based in Cambridge, Md., designs, manufactures, markets and sells magnetic circuit breakers and related products for telecommunications, industrial, power conditioning, HVAC, marine, military, medical and information processing applications. The other, Thermal Sensing Products, located in Frederick, Md., manufactures, markets and sells thermal sensing products for telecommunications, information processing and office equipment, electronic power supply, power generation, heavy vehicular, and climate control applications.

About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing is the largest operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company with fiscal 2004 sales of more than $10 billion, and one of the world's largest technology marketing, distribution and services companies. Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas (EMA) serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in North America and Brazil, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated services. The company's Web site is located at http://www.em.avnet.com.

Contact:

Avnet Electronics Marketing
Jennifer Read, 480-643-2931
Jennifer.read@avnet.com