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Diodes, Inc. and Silica Sign Distribution Agreement for Europe


Munich -- SILICA, an Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT) company, and one of the largest suppliers and distributors of semiconductor products in Europe, today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-quality a application specific standard products within the broad discrete and analog semiconductor markets.

’SILICA is very pleased to be associated with Diodes, Inc., a company that enjoys an excellent reputation for innovation and quality, and has consistently focused on and introduced leading edge innovative products. Their core strengths, combined with our existing extensive regional distribution network, provide a strong foundation to meet the needs of existing customers, and to win new business,’ said Miguel Fernandez, President of Silica.

’We are very excited to add SILICA to our European distribution network,’ commented Mark A. King, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing of Diodes Incorporated. ’Their specialized focus on semiconductor products and extensive local presence in Europe will improve our ability to service our customer’s logistic requirements, enhance our competitiveness and strengthen our brand recognition.’

’Since entering the European market in 2001, we have consistently grown our sales and expanded our market share, successfully building our European customer base in the automotive, communications and industrial end-markets,’ said Dr. Keh-Shew Lu, President & Chief Executive Officer of Diodes, Inc. ’Diodes’ innovative products have been well received and we believe that Europe will make an important contribution to Diodes’ long term profitable growth.’

SILICA, a is a highly specialized semiconductor distributor with 37 branch offices throughout Europe providing customers with a broad portfolio of semiconductor products along with in-depth technical and logistic support as well as other value-added services. With local teams of application engineers and technology specialists, SILICA is dedicated to supporting its OEM customers technically and to providing the design-in expertise needed for customers to compete successfully. As a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing (EM) in Europe, Silica is supported by Avnet Logistics for warehousing, programming and other value-added services.


SILICA, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA (Europe, Middle-East, Africa), is a highly specialised semiconductor distributor. SILICA operates 37 branch offices throughout Europe and provides customers with a broad portfolio of semiconductor products from 23 leading vendors along with in-depth technical support and the full set of logistics and value added services. The company’s Web site is located at

About Diodes Incorporated

Diodes Incorporated (NasdaqGS: DIOD) an S&P SmallCap 600 Index company, is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete and analog semiconductor markets, serving the consumer electronics, computing, communications, industrial and automotive markets. Diodes products include diodes, rectifiers, transistors, MOSFETs, protection devices, functional specific arrays, power management devices including DC-DC switching and linear voltage regulators, amplifiers and comparators, and Hall-effect sensors. The Company has its corporate offices in Dallas, Texas, with a sales, marketing, engineering and logistics office in Southern California; design centers in Dallas, San Jose and Taipei; a wafer fabrication facility in Missouri; two manufacturing facilities in Shanghai; a fabless IC plant in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan; engineering, sales, warehouse and logistics offices in Taipei and Hong Kong, and sales and support offices throughout the world. With its recent asset acquisition of APD Semiconductor, a privately held U.S.-based fabless semiconductor company, Diodes acquired proprietary SBR® technology. Diodes, Inc.’s product focus is on high-growth end-user equipment markets such as TV/Satellite set-top boxes, portable DVD players, datacom devices, ADSL modems, power supplies, medical devices, wireless notebooks, flat panel displays, digital cameras, mobile handsets, DC to DC conversion, Wireless 802.11 LAN access points, brushless DC motor fans, and automotive applications. For further information, including SEC filings, visit the Company’s website at


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