Avnet Electronics Marketing and Amphenol Celebrate 55 Years

  Avnet Electronics Marketing and Amphenol Celebrate 55 Years

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PHOENIX -- December 04, 2012

There is always something special about life’s “firsts” – first love, first
car, first job. Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc.
(NYSE: AVT), one of the world’s largest distributors of electronics components
and embedded systems, is celebrating the 55^th anniversary of one of its most
significant milestones – the signing of its very first franchise agreement
with Amphenol Corporation (NYSE: APH), then known as Bendix Electrical

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In 1957, Avnet became an authorized factory jobber and assembler for the
Bendix line of military connectors. Today, Avnet and Amphenol collaborate to
bring one of the largest selections of interconnect products to a diverse
range of customers worldwide for use in military, commercial aerospace,
industrial, communications and information technology market applications.

“Our partnership enables us to capture opportunities to bring our mutual
customers a wealth of technological innovation and solutions expertise that is
not commonly available today through a single supplier and one channel
partner,” said Ed Smith, president, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas. “As
our journey continues, I have every confidence that our partnership will only
get stronger and create even greater value for our customers.”

“During the 55 years of our partnership, Amphenol and Avnet have emerged as
leaders in our respective industries by helping our customers create new
electronics that have literally transformed the world,” saidAdam Norwitt,
president and chief executive officer, Amphenol. “We look forward to
continuing to work together to drive the further acceleration of the
electronics revolution.”

Designed to enable greater mobility, support higher bandwidth, minimize power
consumption and optimize functionality in harsh environments, leading edge
interconnect technologies from Amphenol have played a critical role in the
growth of new electronics technologies and market applications for 80 years.
For example, Amphenol’s 25 Gb/s XCede connector family was the first backplane
connector to enable the levels of speed required to ignite the mobile internet
revolution, while decades of expertise in harsh environment interconnects have
paved the way for the development of safer military troop transport vehicles
like the MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV). Among Amphenol’s most recent
innovations is the new 8 AWG photovoltaic (PV) connector, the first such
device rated by UL for use up to 1000V. Designed for use in large-scale
utility and commercial PV installations, the H4 8 AWG connectors offer the
highest current ratings and lowest contact resistance available, resulting in
lower power losses and improved reliability. To view the entire Amphenol
product line offered by Avnet, visit www.avnetexpress.com.

To celebrate this milestone, Avnet Electronics Marketing has made a charitable
donation in honor of Amphenol to the FIRST® Robotics Competition. FIRST
Robotics is a non-profit organization, led by American innovator Dean Kamen,
that seeks to inspire children and young adults to pursue careers in science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM). For more information about FIRST®
Robotics, visit www.usfirst.org.

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About Amphenol Corporation

Amphenol Corporation is one of the world’s leading producers of electronic and
fiber optic connectors, cable and interconnect systems. Amphenol products are
engineered and manufactured in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa and sold
by a worldwide sales and marketing organization. Amphenol has a diversified
presence as a leader in high growth areas of the interconnect market
including: military, commercial aerospace, automotive, broadband
communication, industrial, information technology and data communications
equipment, mobile devices and wireless infrastructure. For more information,
visit http://www.amphenol.com

About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc.
that serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic
manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing
electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated
design-chain and supply-chain services. The group's website is located at

About Avnet, Inc.

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest
distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded
technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners' success
by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of
customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For
the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Avnet generated revenue of $25.7 billion.
For more information, visit www.avnet.com.


Avnet Electronics Marketing
Heidi Elliott, 480-643-7584
Senior Director, Marketing Communications
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