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Another Product Expansion For Newark element14

Chicago, IL (August 19, 2003)

50,000 Products added in 6 months

Newark element14, a business of global Premier Farnell plc (NYSE:PFP, LSE:pfl) and the #1 small-quantity distributor of electronic components and test equipment in North America, announced today that it has expanded its offering of connectors and electromechanical (EM) products by 30%.

This initiative represents the third major product category expansion for the distributor this year. Since March Newark element14 has doubled its surface-mount and leaded passive components selection and has added 50% more semiconductors.

In this current expansion, Newark element14 improved upon what already was considered the broadest selection of EM products (switches, sensors, relays, power products) and connectors in the industry. "This was a case of the best selection getting better," commented Steven Hopkins, VP Product Management, Newark element14 . "We proactively added more manufacturers, product series and sizes to stay on top of our customers' needs."

Thousands of EM products have been added from new manufacturers APC, Banner Engineering, Gems Sensors, Patlite Corporation, Silicon Sensing and T-Bar/Olympic Controls.

Newark element14's connector line now spans 20,000 products from such brand leaders as Molex, Tyco/AMP and Amphenol. With more series and options available, customers can find everything from discrete sockets and fine-pitch headers to 150-amp power connectors and MIL-Spec circulars.

Stocking 150,000 products from over 400+ top brand manufacturers, Newark element14 offers the industry's broadest selection of electronics to meet the needs of engineers, technicians and purchasing agents. Its exclusive ProductFind database offers even millions more electronic products, and can be accessed online at www.newark.ca. The distributor's new Catalog 121, due out in September, will also showcase the product additions.

About Newark element14

Newark element14, a subsidiary of global distributor Premier Farnell plc, is North America's leading small-quantity distributor of electronic components and test equipment, and its #1 source for RoHS compliant parts and information. RoHS is the acronym for the European Union's Restrictions of certain Hazardous Substances directive, which took effect July 1, 2006.

Visited by thousands of engineers and electronics buyers each week, Newark element14's RoHS Express site at www.element14.com/community/community/legislation provides critical information to help companies transition to compliance, including: the latest news, on-demand lead-free soldering webinars, downloadable step-by-step guides to compliance and updates on US and Canadian green laws.

In addition to offering the broadest electronics selection from 440+ top manufacturers for same-day shipping, Newark element14 provides a unique range of value-added services at no charge, including, RoHS Bill of Materials updates, eProcurement implementation and support, and automatic re-reeling for components.

With multiple sales channels, customers do business with Newark element14 through contact centers, a local branch network in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil, a dedicated field sales force and a world-class website at www.Newark.com. The holder of a General Services Administration schedule (#GS-06F-0044M,) Newark element14 also supports federal government customers through a dedicated website, www.teamgov.com, and a specially trained team of representatives.

Newark element14's parent company, Premier Farnell plc, is a leading global marketer and distributor of electronic, maintenance repair and operations (MRO) and specialist products and services, trading in more than 100 countries with a database of 2 million customer contacts. For general information, visit www.Newark.com and www.premierfarnell.com. Also, you can reach Newark element14's media contact, Janice Fleisher, at 773.907.5941 and at jfleisher@Newark element14inone.com.

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