The Best Defense is a Good Offense: White Paper from Avnet Electronics Marketing Details How to Manage Obsolescence

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Every month, three percent of the global pool of electronic components goes obsolete. Yet military equipment and avionics manufacturers build products that are meant to last significantly longer. What can the industry do?

The goal is to assure customers have the information and time they need to make sourcing decisions that maximize the sustainability of their systems, instead of reacting to an end-of-life notification and making choices out of desperation

    Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a division of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has published a new white paper, The Best Defense Is a Good Offense, which outlines a variety of tools and services that enable customers to take steps to position their supply chain to handle an obsolescence event - often before the device manufacturer even makes the decision to discontinue a particular component.

With the support of authorized distribution partners, OEMs can apply advance market intelligence to the new product design process and plan for the inevitability of obsolescence for both new and fielded product, thereby minimizing disruption, added costs and production delays typically associated with component obsolescence.

"The goal is to assure customers have the information and time they need to make sourcing decisions that maximize the sustainability of their systems, instead of reacting to an end-of-life notification and making choices out of desperation," said Bryan Brady, vice president, director Defense Aerospace Business Unit for Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas.

To download Avnet's white paper, The Best Defense Is a Good Offense, please visit:

http://www.em.avnet.com/ctf_shared/pgw/df2df2usa/avnet-PGW-hirel- bestdefense.pdf

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About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company. Avnet Electronics Marketing serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in 73 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services. The group's Web site is located at http://www.em.avnet.com.

About Avnet

With more than 250 locations serving customers in 73 countries worldwide, Avnet markets, distributes and adds value to the products of the world's leading electronic component suppliers, enterprise computer manufacturers and embedded subsystem providers. Additionally, Avnet brings a breadth and depth of service capabilities, such as supply-chain optimization, logistics solutions, product assembly, device programming, computer system integration and engineering design assistance. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007, Avnet generated revenue of $15.68 billion. Visit http://www.avnet.com/.

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