Taiyo Yuden Signs Global Distribution Agreement with Digi-Key

February 01, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

Taiyo Yuden and Digi-Key Corporation have signed an agreement to distribute the company's extensive line of passive components.

Supported by Digi-Key's print and online catalogs, customer service, and global logistics systems, the sale of Taiyo Yuden capacitors, varistors and other passive components will, in the vast majority of cases, offer same-day turnaround of prototype quantities to help speed the development cycle of new original equipment manufacturers' products, officials said.

"I have every confidence in increased sales based on Digi-Key's well-deserved reputation as the premier fast-supply resource for the global design community," said Kazuya Umezawa, senior operating officer at Taiyo Yuden's marketing headquarters. "Design engineers the world over use Digi-Key's Web site and print catalogs on a 24/7/365 basis. This agreement opens up a whole new range of design-win opportunities for Taiyo Yuden, whose passive components offer top performance and the industry's most innovative powdering and multilayering technologies."

Stan Springsteen, vice president of purchasing for Digi-Key, said, "We are pleased to offer such a broad range of Taiyo Yuden's passive components to our valued design engineering customers around the world. The combination of Taiyo Yuden's leading-edge products and our excellent customer service and logistics system will enable us to better serve the global market's diverse electronic component needs, and further speed our OEM customers' time to market."

Founded in 1972, Digi-Key has annual sales of more than $530 million. The company offers more than 530,000 different products from over 320 name-brand suppliers. Digi-Key's E-commerce engine supports a same-day shipping rate of 99.9%.

Now in its 56th year, Tokyo-based Taiyo Yuden is a worldwide manufacturer of surface-mount and leaded passive components, Bluetooth modules, power electronics modules, power supplies, recordable optical media, ceramic chip antennas, piezoelectric speakers, filters, baluns, and more. The company reports annual sales of nearly $1.6 billion.