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Premier Farnell signs Worldwide stocking distribution deal with SemiSouth

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In line with the company's focus on Electronic Design Engineers, driving business to the web and growth in emerging markets, Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), has announced worldwide stocking distribution agreement with SemiSouth Laboratories, Inc., the leading manufacturer of silicon carbide (SiC) diodes and transistor technology for high-power, high-efficiency, harsh-environment power management and conversion applications. Under the terms of the deal, SemiSouth's SiC JFETs and diodes will be made available via the Farnell, Newark and element14 operations of Premier Farnell and will be stocked at all of Premier Farnell's warehouses worldwide. Further product information documents are also made available via the element14, online community and the new agreement will also be supported via the element14 knode, Premier Farnell's revolutionary online design platform that is exclusively focused on the needs of electronic design engineers. Dieter Liesabeths, SemiSouth's Director of Sales said: "We are thrilled to be working with the a leading multi-channel distributor like Premier Farnell. This is our first major catalogue outlet and we are excited about the new project opportunities it will drive." David Shen, Group Senior Vice President and Global Head of EDE and Technical Marketing of Premier Farnell said: "We are sure that our vast customer base will benefit from the leading performance of the SemiSouth parts. Their diodes and JFETs are a perfect fit for applications such as solar inverters, hybrid electric vehicles, industrial motors, computing and defence, and we will be able to introduce them to designers working in these areas." About Premier Farnell Premier Farnell plc is leading the way in the high service, multi-channel provision of essential products, information, software and technology solutions to electronic design engineers, maintenance and repair engineers and purchasing professionals globally. Its differentiated proposition includes 29 local language transactional websites, and the critically important element14 ecommunity for design engineers - an industry first (www.element14.com). With sales last year of £990.8m and underlying profits of £93.3m the Group distributes its comprehensive portfolio of products and services throughout Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, supported by a global supply chain of over 3,500 suppliers and an inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet its customers' needs. Recently awarded Platinum status by the Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index the business takes its CSR commitments very seriously. While global in scope, Premier Farnell recognises the individual needs of each market and has continued to internationalise its model accordingly, trading locally under different brand names. Its primary electronics businesses trade as Farnell in Europe, Newark in the US, Canada and Mexico and Farnell Newark in Brazil. Across Asia Pacific the business trades as element14. Key facts

  • Operations in 35 different countries
  • 4,100 employees
  • Over 2 million customer contacts in 156 industries
  • Over 3,500 leading suppliers
  • Over 400,000 products stocked with access to over four million more on demand
  • Global leader in legislation RoHS, WEEE, REACH
For more information visit the website at Premier Farnell. About SemiSouth Laboratories, Inc. SemiSouth, a privately owned corporation with its main offices and foundry in Starkville, Mississippi, (USA), focuses on silicon carbide (SiC) power devices and electronics, targeting applications such as: solar inverters; power conversion in computing and network power supplies; variable-speed drives for industrial motors and hybrid electric vehicles; and products used in high-power, harsh-environment military and aerospace environments. The company was formed in 2000, has sold products globally through direct sales or distributors since 2005, and received a major growth investment from Power Integrations (NASDAQ: POWI) in 2010. It introduced the world's first commercial, cost-effective normally-off SiC JFETs in 2008, which have enabled world-record energy efficiencies for its customer's products. More information is available at www.semisouth.com

 

 


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