Digi-Key signs global distribution agreement with Carclo Technical Plastics

May 19, 2011
Date Announced: 19 May 2011 Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation and LED optics specialist Carlco Technical Plastics have signed a global distribution agreement. A similar deal was also announced recently between Digi-Key and Nuventix, a supplier of thermal-management technology for the LED market. +++ Press release +++Thief River Falls, Minnesota, US and Berkshire, England, UK – Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced that a global distribution agreement has been signed with Carclo Technical Plastics PLC.“We believe the engineering community will be excited with the lighting solutions that Carclo offers, especially in optic technology,” said Mark Zack, vice president of semiconductor product, Digi-Key Corporation. “Adding Carclo is part of our ongoing commitment to reduce our customers' time to market by offering the best in lighting innovations.”“Carclo is excited by this new business venture with Digi-Key,” said David Sumner, division manager, Carclo LED Optics. “Using Carclo’s unparalleled quality products alongside Digi-Key’s existing product range opens up opportunities for many high quality lighting solutions in the solid-state lighting sector. Digi-Key in recent years has placed a clear emphasis on lighting and has built up considerable expertise in lighting solutions of all kinds. Their reputation for supplying high quality products makes Digi-Key an important strategic partner for Carclo.”Carclo lighting solutions, including LED compatible optics and wide-range optics, are available for purchase now on Digi-Key’s global websites. Digi-Key Corporation focuses on providing customers with superior service, which includes product selection and availability, on-time delivery, and responsiveness. Using leading-edge processes and state-of-the-art technologies, Digi-Key serves a global customer base from its 600,000 square foot facility in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA.About Digi-Key CorporationAs one of the world’s leading totally integrated, Internet-based distributors of electronic components, Digi-Key Corporation has earned its reputation as an industry leader through its total commitment to service and performance. Digi-Key is a full-service provider of both prototype/design and production quantities of electronic components, offering more than two million products from over 470 quality name-brand manufacturers at www.digikey.com. A testament to Digi-Key’s unparalleled commitment to service, North American design engineers have ranked Digi-Key #1 for Overall Performance for 19 consecutive years (EE|Times Distribution Study/October 2010). With global sales for 2010 surpassing $1.5 billion, Digi-Key’s single location in North America is one of its greatest assets. Additional information and access to Digi-Key’s broad product offering is available at www.digikey.com.About Carclo Technical PlasticsCarclo is a highly specialized, innovative company. Their products are used in a vast array of arenas, including lighting for transport, medical, electrical and many more areas. Carclo has a vast knowledge in design and development, mechanical engineering, materials, and plastics engineering, which it uses to provide superior off-the-shelf and custom designs. Carclo is a true global manufacturer that has over twelve self-owned manufacturing sites across the globe. These span from the United Kingdom, United States, Czech Republic, China, and India. Carclo Optics has already been accredited with BS EN ISO 9001 and by offering a full package of products and services, has created a unique position for itself. The company is well placed to meet the growing demands of this expanding industry.

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