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SCHURTER and SPOERLE sign agreement

Lucerne / Dreieich, October 1, 2005 SCHURTER, a leading manufacturer of products in the areas of appliance protection, plug connectors, EMC and input systems, and SPOERLE ELECTRONICS, the largest distributor of electronic components for trade and industry in Central Europe, have announced the signing of a new franchise agreement. As a result, SPOERLE will distribute the entire SCHURTER product range with immediate effect.

In concluding the distribution agreement, SCHURTER is strengthening its sales network in the Central and Eastern European area with a strategically important partner, and at the same time underlining its significant market position in the area of electro-mechanical components. [Image From left: R.Sommer (Distribution Manager SCHURTER Group), J.Wenzel (PM-Passive-Components-Spoerle), Dr.R.Noll (Marketing Director Pemco-Spoerle), H.R.Schurter (Chairman Schurter Group)]

"This agreement sees the fulfillment of a long established goal for us. It clarifies our efforts to promote distribution as an important sales channel for us. We are delighted to have found in SPOERLE a partner that will open up many new opportunities for us in this significant market," said Hans-Rudolf Schurter, Chairman of the Board of Directors of SCHURTER Holding. "As manufacturers of high-quality products, with production plants in Europe and Asia, we are convinced that our products will in this way consolidate and extend our market position."

Dr. Rainer Noll, Marketing Manager of PEMCO (Passive, Electromechanical, Connectors) at SPOERLE, also sees great opportunities for both companies in this cooperative venture: "SCHURTER is a well-known manufacturer in the field of fuses and fuse holders, which supplements our existing range perfectly. With the franchise agreement that has now been signed, SPOERLE will, as the leading Broadline distributor in Central Europe, sell all the articles from SCHURTER, and also offer the manufacturer access to over 40,000 industrial customers. The synergies resulting from our cooperation will permit both parties to the agreement to react even more flexibly than before to market needs and developments," reported Dr. Noll in conclusion.

About SPOERLE

SPOERLE, as a distributor of electronic components, provides a large line card of semiconductors and passive and electromechanical components, as well as various customized services, including design solutions, which are attended by intensely trained Field- and Market-Application Engineers (FAE & MAE) as well as specialised Line Development Managers (LDM) and other value-added services, tailored to suit the needs of the market; for example, in the fields of logistics, product enhancement and cable assembly. SPOERLE has a unique product portfolio and a line card listing more than 90 of the most prominent manufacturers worldwide.

The Central European activities of the company, with approximately 1,200 employees and 25 branch offices, include the countries Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland and the CIS States. The company was founded in 1967, and has its headquarters in Dreieich near Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Since 1999, SPOERLE is a fully-owned subsidiary of the American ARROW Group, one of the worldwide largest distribution groups of electronic components for industrial and commercial applications. With The firms SPOERLE, Sasco Holz and Microtronica forms ARROW Central Europe.

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