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Eaton Industries and Avnet Technology Solutions Sign Australian Distribution Agreement

Sydney, November 17, 2009 - Avnet Technology Solutions, a solutions distributor of enterprise computing products, software and services, and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), and Eaton Industries, global provider of comprehensive power quality and backup power management solutions, today announced an agreement that will see Avnet Technology Solutions distributing the full range of Eaton’s Power Quality products and services to the Australian IT channel.

Gavin Lawless, general manager of Avnet Technology Solutions, Australia, said Eaton’s power management solutions reflect Eaton’s 40-plus years of continuous innovation and commitment to develop customer-driven Power Chain Management solutions.

Avnet will distribute the Eaton range of Power Quality products, including Eaton’s scalable BladeUPS technology, enclosures, ePDUs (enclosure power distribution units), Environmental Rack Monitoring, VoIP and PoE (Power over Ethernet) Midspan solutions, software and connectivity products.  

In addition, Avnet will distribute Eaton’s mid-to-high range of UPS products (formerly both Powerware and MGE Office Protection Systems), and focus on delivering turnkey solutions for enterprise data centre infrastructures.  

 “The Eaton partnership not only complements Avnet’s existing enterprise technology solution vendor portfolio, but allows us to extend our solution expertise and capabilities, in terms of supporting the channel with business-critical continuity and energy efficiency solutions,” Lawless added.

Eaton will support Avnet with dedicated account management for pre-sales and post-sales engineering and technical support.  Avnet’s business partner community will also benefit from Eaton’s extensive training and certification program.

“Avnet is an ideal partner for Eaton in Australia.  They have a skilled team across the IT spectrum from virtualisation to IP telephony, market reach and a deserving reputation for excellence among enterprise-based organisations.  The partnership will enable us to concentrate our resources on servicing the higher end data centre enterprise and government market where there are increased requirements for power distribution and environmental monitoring solutions driven by legislation, compliance and budget priorities,” said Darren Butterworth, Eaton’s national IT channel manager.

“The distribution channel is an integral part of our business model, and the Avnet appointment will enable Eaton to further capitalise on the growing interest in our data centre management solutions.  Avnet is a well respected and experienced company with a second-to-none knowledge of enterprise IT requirements.  With a broad base of customers and a consultative approach, we have appointed a gifted partner to take our power quality proposition to the heart of the enterprise,” added Butterworth.

About Avnet Technology Solutions
Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. As a global technology sales and marketing organization, Avnet Technology Solutions has sales divisions focused on specific customer segments and a select line card strategy enabling an exceptional level of attention to the needs of its customers and suppliers. For fiscal year 2009, the group served customers in more than 30 countries and generated US $7.04 billion in annual revenue. For more information, visit www.ats.avnet.com

About Avnet
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers in more than 70 countries worldwide. Avnet accelerates its partners’ success by connecting the world’s leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers and by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 28, 2009, Avnet generated revenue of $16.23 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com
About Eaton Industries
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2008 sales of US$15.4 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 75,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. www.powerware.com.au