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Arrow Acquires Seed’s Distribution Business

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) announced that the company has signed a definitive agreement pursuant to which Arrow will acquire all of the assets and operations of the distribution business of Seed International Ltd (“Seed”).

Seed is a value-added distributor of embedded products with 14 offices across China. The company is primarily focused on Texas Instruments products, and is well known in China as a strong technical service provider with Digital Signal Processor (DSP) specialization.

“Seed is a highly recognized brand for value-added distribution and engineering. This acquisition brings Arrow an expanded presence in China while strengthening our relationship with a key supplier,” said Peter T. Kong, president, Arrow Global Components. “This transaction should enhance our market position through increased demand creation activities and greater customer penetration in this fast-growing market.”

Seed is headquartered in Beijing, China, and has approximately 200 employees, with 100 in value-added engineering. The company's sales for the latest fiscal year were approximately $90 million. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close during the third quarter of 2011.

Arrow Electronics ( is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions.

Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for over 1,200 suppliers and 115,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 340 locations in 52 countries.

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