Avnet Electronics Marketing Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary with Vishay Intertechnology

  Avnet Electronics Marketing Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary with Vishay

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PHOENIX -- July 24, 2013

In 1963, the Rolling Stones played their very first gig together, Beatlemania
kicked off, and Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc.
(NYSE: AVT), entered into its first agreement to distribute products for
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH). Over the next 50 years, as the
companies continued to work together, Vishay, a then-small startup company,
would grow to become a discrete semiconductor and passive electronic component
megastar whose products can be used in virtually every type of electronic
product today.

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A mere year after Dr. Felix Zandman founded Vishay in 1962, Avnet and Vishay
inked a distributor agreement that was instrumental in bringing Dr. Zandman’s
PhotoStress® coatings and instruments to the market. Originally representing
Vishay’s Bulk Metal® foil resistors, which were ultra-precise components based
on the entirely new technology invented and patented by Zandman, Avnet was a
key ally in helping Vishay products become pervasive throughout the electronic
product landscape. In 2010, Vishay Intertechnology spun off its resistive foil
technology, precision sensors, and sensor-based systems businesses into a new,
publicly traded company called Vishay Precision Group (NYSE: VPG).

Vishay Intertechnology has grown its product portfolio through acquisitions
including such top names in discrete electronic components as Dale, Sfernice,
Draloric, Sprague, Vitramon, Siliconix, General Semiconductor, BCcomponents,
and Beyschlag. With each acquisition, Avnet continued to grow its Vishay line
card. Today, Vishay Intertechnology’s portfolio of brands represents an
unmatched collection of discrete semiconductors, optoelectronics, integrated
modules, and passive components that are customer favorites in the Avnet

“Over the past five decades, the relationship between Vishay and Avnet has
enabled our customers to create innovation in virtually all types of
electronics devices,” said Harley Feldberg, president of Avnet Electronics
Marketing worldwide. “We’ve grown together through a period of extreme
technological change. As technology continues to evolve, our relationship will
continue to support that innovation, hopefully for another 50 years.”

“The excellent global relationship we have shared for the past 50 years
provides a meaningful advantage for both Vishay and Avnet and gives our
customers leading-edge, innovative components linked to excellent service
solutions,” stated Vishay’s David Valletta, executive vice president of
worldwide sales.

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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.

About Vishay Intertechnology

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., a Fortune 1000 Company listed on the NYSE (VSH),
is one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors
(diodes, MOSFETs, and infrared optoelectronics) and passive electronic
components (resistors, inductors, and capacitors). These components are used
in virtually all types of electronic devices and equipment, in the industrial,
computing, automotive, consumer, telecommunications, military, aerospace,
power supplies, and medical markets. Vishay’s product innovations, successful
acquisition strategy, and "one-stop shop" service have made it a global
industry leader. Vishay can be found on the Internet at www.vishay.com.


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