Digi-Key to Distribute Bivar's Full Line of Products

12/1/2003 - Bivar, Inc. announces the appointment of Digi-Key as an Authorized Distributor for the company's complete product line of BivarOptoTM Optoelectronics devices and hardware, and Bivar® electronic PCB assembly hardware, offering a new, immediate delivery and worldwide product availability channel for U.S. and International markets.

The appointment carries particular significance, as Bivar introduces a host of innovative new products within the Optoelectronics arena, including their new MAKO Series, a 180 viewing-angle SMT LED, and the INFINITE 1TM PAR LED Lamp, a long-life lighting alternative for incandescent spot and flood lamps, coupled with energy savings of over 80% and life expectancy rated in years not hours, directly interchangeable with industry standard PAR style spots and floods. Bivar's dynamic growth in the Optoelectronics field, coupled with their long-standing popularity in PCB packaging and assembly hardware products, created the ideal blend of Digi-Key's responsive performance and popularity among design engineers, with Bivar's product family.

Rodney Magsanide, Bivar Vice President of Sales noted, "We're excited to have Digi-Key as a premier authorized distributor, as we feel Digi-Key can lend to the design engineer in 'closing the loop' in securing our products and succeeding at design wins with faster prototyping and new design alternatives."

Bivar's complete catalog will be available on-line through the Digi-Key website, (www.digikey.com), enabling immediate product information and support globally, further supported by Digi-Key's own "Live On-Line Chat" services, offered to viewers of product data and those seeking immediate assistance for product evaluation and selection. Customers will also be able to fill their production needs through Digi-Key by contacting Digi-Key's Volume Business Division for volume terms and pricing.

About Bivar, Inc.
Bivar has established an industry-leading position in the Optoelectronics and electronic PCB assembly and hardware industry, providing low-cost solutions for typical problems associated with the assembly and manufacturing processes. Founded in 1965, Bivar has continually developed unique designs for the installation of PCB-mounted devices and the packaging of PCBs in enclosures and systems. Today, the company is an active member in PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group), and international consortium of over 500 leading companies who collaboratively develop specifications and products that adapt to compact PCI technology. Bivar's Optoelectronics Division, BivarOptoTM, features the world's largest selections of LED mounts and assemblies, and innovative LED devices, while the Bivar Enclosure and PCB Assembly Hardware Group provides an extensive selection of permanent mounts and wash-away spacers, PCB packaging products and hardware for use in the manufacturing process. Bivar obtained ISO9000 certification in 1998 supporting the company's commitment to high quality products and customer service. For more information or to receive a catalog, contact Bivar, Inc., 4 Thomas, Irvine, CA 92618-2593; Tel: (949) 951-8808; Fax: (949) 951-3974; e-mail: Info@Bivar.com; Internet: www.bivar.com.

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