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Newark element14 Acquires R&R Instrumentation

CHICAGO (July 12, 2005)

First electronics distributor to provide pre- and post-sale calibration services

Newark element14, the leading small-quantity distributor of electronic components and test equipment in North America and a subsidiary of global Premier Farnell plc, has purchased the assets of R&R Instrumentation and transferred all of its business and employees to a new division named Newark Services. R&R is a regional distributor of test equipment and panel instruments headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with complete calibration labs in the Denver, Phoenix and Nashville areas.

"No other electronics distributor offers our range of brand name test equipment combined with value-added calibration services that meet or exceed industry standards," comments Paul Tallentire, president of Newark element14. "The convenience of one source for sales and calibration service further enhances our offering for our customers in design engineering and maintenance."

Newark's broad test and measurement offering includes top manufacturers Fluke, Tektronix, Agilent, Rohde & Schwartz, Amprobe, B&K Precision and Meterman.

Rick Rathbun, former owner and president of R&R, will serve as General Manager of the Newark Services division. Details on the services and when they will be available, will be announced at a later date.

About Newark element14

Newark element14, a subsidiary of global distributor Premier Farnell Ltd, 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 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 The holder of a General Services Administration schedule (#GS-06F-0044M,) Newark element14 also supports federal government customers through a dedicated website,, and a specially trained team of representatives.

Newark element14's parent company, Premier Farnell Ltd, 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 and Also, you can reach Newark element14's media contact, Janice Fleisher, at 773.907.5941 and at jfleisher@Newark

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