Arrow Electronics signs agreement with Designspring, Inc.

Feb. 21, 2006
Date Announced: 21 Feb 2006 MELVILLE, N.Y. -- The North American Components business of Arrow Electronics, Inc. announced today it has signed an agreement with Designspring, Inc., a design service firm that specializes in light emitting diode (LED) design. The agreement extends the reach of the Arrow Consulting Engineering Services (ACES) program to include servicing the growing lighting industry."This agreement with Designspring offers an attractive opportunity for Arrow to provide highly integrated LED system solutions, consumer and commercial product development, CAD design, software development, packaging, and UL compliance to our customers. With our lighting applications engineers and dedicated sales team, we will be able to accelerate our customers' time to market and provide top-level design service and support," said Robert Sagebiel, director or lighting, Arrow Electronics."Designspring is excited to join forces with the Arrow Consulting Engineering Services program," said Will Goldschmidt, president, Designspring. "We look forward to adding value to Arrow's lighting team and helping Arrow's customers accelerate their time to market."ACES provides customers with access to third-party engineering design services companies. Arrow acts as a single point of contact, easing the design process and allowing companies to focus on their core competencies. Through an expanding lighting portfolio, Arrow ACES offers customers LED products, in-house applications support, system integration, and services in design ranging from transportation to general lighting.Arrow recently announced the formation of a new group dedicated to supporting manufacturers of products containing high brightness LEDs. The new Lighting group consists of regional lighting specialists, lighting applications engineers, and dedicated inside sales representatives.About Arrow's North American Components GroupBased in Melville, New York, the North American Components (NAC) group of Arrow Electronics, Inc. is a leading provider of semiconductors and passive, electromechanical, and connector products, services, and supply chain solutions tailored to serve distinct customer segments with dedicated sales teams. Three primary, customer-focused NAC groups serve these market segments: The Arrow/Zeus Electronics Group targets the aerospace and military markets; the Arrow Electronics Components Group serves local OEM and contract manufacturing customers; and the Arrow Alliance Group focuses on large customers with complex needs.Arrow Electronics, Inc. is a major global provider of products, services, and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and computer products.About DesignspringDesignspring, headquartered in Westport, Connecticut, performs industrial design and engineering consulting services with a focus on consumer and commercial product development, CAD design, LED technology, software development, packaging, and UL compliance. The company's services can take a product from conception to manufacturing.

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