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Newark element14 Adds NKK Switches to Further Grow its Product Portfolio

Even wider variety of switches including pushbutton, toggle and rockers now in stock and available on

March 19, 2014 – CHICAGONewark element14, a high-service distributor of technology products and engineering solutions, has announced they have become an officially authorized distributor of NKK Switches, a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative electromechanical switches.

NKK Switches designs, produces and sells more than 3.5 million different switches that set the standard for quality, stability and reliability in switch solutions. The company product offering includes toggle, rocker, pushbutton, slide, rotary and key lock electromechanical switches in addition to illuminated, process sealed, miniature, specialty, surface mount and programmable switch devices. The products are used in a wide variety of applications in the medical, industrial, military/aerospace, security, robotics, energy and audio/broadcast industries.

"NKK Switches offers one of the industry's most extensive selections of switches and has a history of quality and dependability," said Jimmy Seifert, SVP, product, supplier, asset and pricing at Newark element14. "Through this announcement, we're excited to make our switch offering even broader and deeper, and we look forward to strengthening our partnership with customers through all stages of their design and production cycle."

NKK Switches offers switch development kits for rapid prototyping and a wide range of heavy duty and sealed switches for aggressive industrial environments.

The company's SmartSwitch products are pushbutton devices with a built-in OLED display. They are the smallest off-the-shelf OLED and LCD switches and displays available in the industry today, ideal for control rooms with real-time data, broadcast panels and kiosks.

"Newark element14's success is built upon their technical expertise, focus on quality and always putting customers' needs first – which are shared core values with NKK Switches – and we are pleased to be working with them," said Marty Arch, national sales manager. "Working together with Newark element14 is a strategic part of our long-term multi-channel plans and will expand our ability to deliver the highest quality switches to design engineers around the world."


About element14

Launched in June 2009, element14 is the first information portal, collaborative community and electronics store specifically built for electronic design engineers. The community recently unveiled its element14 knode, a unique automated platform that enables engineers to quickly research, design, develop and prototype in a single, intelligent environment. element14 is an innovative offering from Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), FTSE 250, a leader in multi-channel electronics distribution trading throughout Europe (Farnell), the Americas (Newark) and Asia Pacific (element14). The company had group sales of £952m last year.

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William Polk
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Newark element14

Allison Dreiband
Walker Sands Communications

For Newark element14