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Avnet Electronics Marketing Announces Availability of Lead-Free Study

Wednesday, November 3, 2004 10:00 am MST

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PHOENIX

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AVT
"This research shows that 42 percent of suppliers are not planning to change part numbers, which will create confusion as to which parts are compliant"
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 3, 2004--

  Findings provide insight into supplier plans, contract manufacturers, original equipment manufacturers needs and recommendations on best practices  



Only 69 percent of contract manufacturers believe they will be fully compliant to new global environmental legislation by the July 2006 deadline prescribed by the European Union's (EU's) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation, according to new research by Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI) and Avnet Electronics Marketing, the largest operating group of Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT). The study, which is now available, shows that nearly one-third believe they will not be compliant by the date, known in the industry as "E-day."

The EU's RoHS legislation will require the removal of a number of hazardous substances, including lead, from electronic components by mid 2006. Similar environmental initiatives are being mandated by other countries and some states in the United States. RoHS legislation will affect every electronics supplier, contract manufacturer and original equipment manufacturer (OEMs) who uses lead in the manufacturing of products. Lead is a major ingredient in the solder used in most electronics devices.

"This research shows that 42 percent of suppliers are not planning to change part numbers, which will create confusion as to which parts are compliant," said Greg Frazier, executive vice president of global supply chain services at Avnet Electronics Marketing. "Because of this, the transition to lead-free will be an enormous undertaking with a significant impact on the supply chain, profoundly affecting distributors like Avnet, who in many cases, are the main point of contact to suppliers for our customers."

The study includes background on component suppliers' part numbering plans for products free of restricted substances, contract manufacturers and OEMs wants and needs, and recommendations about viable and cost-effective practices for tracking and managing compliant parts.

Avnet Electronics Marketing is committed to providing the most current information related to the elimination of hazardous materials in components. The company's broad supplier line card, customer base, and industry alliances provide a unique position for an efficient solution.

A summary of the findings of the project that was jointly funded by Avnet Electronics Marketing and TFI is now available from Avnet Electronics Marketing at http://em.avnet.com/leadfree or by contacting a company representative at hazmat@avnet.com.

About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing is the largest operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet Inc., 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 www.em.avnet.com.

Contact:

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