Avnet Electronics Marketing to Present Paper at Electronic Distribution Show -EDS- on Supply-Chain Implications of Lead-free Legislation

Monday, May 3, 2004 7:30 am MST



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"The potential for supply chain disruption at this time is high if some of these issues are not resolved soon"

  May 3 seminar focuses on packaging and labeling challenges as components transition to lead-free  

Avnet Electronics Marketing, the largest division of global electronics distribution leader, Avnet Inc. (NYSE:AVT), announces that Jerry Czerwonka, director of quality assurance for Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas, will present a paper titled "Moving Toward a Lead-Free Environment" on Monday, May 3, 2004, at the annual Electronic Distribution Show held in Las Vegas, May 3-6, 2004.

The International Lead-free Roadmap dictates that electronic assemblies sold in Europe must be lead-free by June 1, 2006. Complicating the issue is the fact that there is still some confusion about which assemblies are included, since standards organizations are still fine-tuning definitions, and there are certain categories of products that are excepted. As the deadline approaches, component suppliers have responded in a variety of ways, reflecting myriad processing and material issues involved in converting their products to lead-free. These responses have far-reaching implications for the global electronics distribution channel; Czerwonka will report on Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas' recent initiatives to survey suppliers, aggregate supplier data and provide a forum for resolving the issues that customers marketing products in Europe will face in the very near future.

"We are finding that suppliers are not homogeneous in their approach to the hazardous materials issue; some favor part number schemes, some favor date codes; others are already supplying compliant parts under their former part numbering system. Without uniformity, it will be very difficult to keep track of bills of materials (BOMs) through the product development and manufacturing cycle, with the complexities that exist today in the channel. Furthermore, OEMs and EMS companies range from having large teams working on the issue to being in denial about the effects of lead-free on their businesses," said Greg Frazier, executive vice president for Avnet's Supply Chain Services division. "Our position at the center of the technology supply chain gives us a sense that this issue may be more significant than Y2K in that Y2K came and went, and this will come and stay. We are committed to helping our customers and suppliers work through challenges and avoid problems."

"The potential for supply chain disruption at this time is high if some of these issues are not resolved soon," continued Jim Smith, Avnet EM's senior vice president, director of operations. "We are hoping to ramp up the discussion about this important topic by hosting the seminar at EDS, and continuing to stay very focused on this problem."

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About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas (EMA) serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in North America and Brazil through three focused business divisions, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated services. Avnet Cilicon focuses solely on semiconductors with dedicated channels to specific end-market segments; Avnet IP&E is the leading interconnect, passive and electromechanical components specialist; and Avnet Supply Chain Services provides end-to-end supply chain optimization programs. The company's Web site is located at

Avnet Electronics Marketing is the largest operating group of Avnet Inc. Avnet enables success at the center of technology, providing cost-effective services and solutions vital to a broad base of more than 100,000 customers and 250 suppliers. The company markets, distributes and adds value to semiconductors, interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) components, enterprise network and computer equipment, software and embedded sub-systems. Avnet generated revenue of $9.05 billion in fiscal 2003 (year ended June 27, 2003) through sales in 68 countries. Via its premier market position, Avnet brings a breadth and depth of capabilities, which help its trading partners accelerate growth and realize cost efficiencies.


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