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Grace Engineered Products Names Newark element14 as its First National Electronics Distributor

Chicago - June 11, 2009

GracePort Data Interface Ports Help Industrial Designers Comply with NFPA 70e Safety Standard

Committed to offering engineers the broadest selection of electronics, leading multi-channel electronics distributor Newark element14, part of the global Premier Farnell Group, announces that it has entered into a supplier agreement with thru-door electrical safety leader Grace Engineered Products to stock their line of GracePort® data port interfaces and InsideOutlet® GFCIs at These devices increase compliance with the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) 70e standard for electrical safety in the workplace and NFPA 79, by allowing users to access panels without opening the doors.

"Keeping enclosure doors shut is integral to maintaining electrical safety in the workplace, said Phil Allen, President, Grace Engineered Products. "We are thrilled to offer our line of thru-door electrical safety devices to Newark element14's vast customer base. When considering broadening our distribution, Newark element14 was our first choice."

"We are pleased to be the first electronics distributor to offer our customers this practical safety solution", comments Paul Buckley, Senior VP, Sales & Supplier Management, Newark element14. "When these ports are installed, maintenance personnel have fewer reasons to open electrical enclosure doors and be exposed to hazardous voltages."

GracePort® InsideOutlet GFCIs

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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