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London, UK, 19th September 2005: Farnell InOne, international distributor of electronic and industrial components, today issued a warning, at the launch of its new catalogue of RoHS compliant products, alerting the electronics industry to possible mayhem if distributors don't take the lead in issuing new part numbers for compliant stock. Farnell InOne believes that this is the only way to ensure compliant and non-compliant parts can be identified easily and properly segregated.

The company urges design engineers to avoid the part number lottery by using distributors, such as Farnell InOne, that are changing part numbers and clearly segregating compliant and non-compliant stock. This gives a much greater degree of certainty than distributors who aren't changing part numbers but just relying on 'flushing through' stock -- an approach that could easily leave engineers unsure of whether they are using compliant or non-compliant products in design.

Kevin Yapp, Marketing Director for Europe Asia-Pacific at Farnell InOne, comments: "We believe it's essential that design engineers know what their suppliers are shipping. The safety checks we are using are vital to achieve this."

Yapp also advises that there is an immediate need for speed, explaining: "The countdown to RoHS began some time ago. Engineers have to design-in compliant components now to have any chance of meeting the deadline next year. It's no good waiting for old stock to get flushed through -- compliant components need to be readily available today. Only distributors who can get RoHS products to market quickly can support designers through the changing legislation. Our unique approach to part numbering and broad product range means this is exactly what we're doing."

The need to ensure suppliers are providing complete documentation and, where appropriate, material testing, is also highlighted in the new catalogue, which sets out how Farnell InOne provides a full audit trail at item level for each RoHS compliant component. Farnell InOne believes traceability is vital to ensuring compliance. Rather than offering a blanket declaration of compliance on product lines, it provides easily downloadable, personalised Certificates of Compliance for each individual component from its website

The new catalogue contains a wealth of material developed to support design engineers, buyers, and manufacturers through the transition to RoHS, including a Guide to Lead-Free Soldering, one of the biggest challenges posed by the legislation, as well as Farnell InOne's Step-by-Step Guide to RoHS legislation.

Commenting on the ground-breaking work Farnell InOne has undertaken, Texas Instruments comments: "Farnell InOne has put in place resources and business processes, including audits which have given a leadership position on this crucial industry topic."


Notes to editors

About Farnell InOne
Farnell InOne is the award-winning international distributor of electronic and industrial components, focused on meeting its customers' needs through value-added services and tailored solutions. The company provides industry-leading, flexible, tailored eBusiness solutions. At the top end of Farnell InOne's market-leading eBusiness capability is eProcurement, designed with larger companies in mind, buying high volumes of products, processed by dedicated purchasing staff. For these companies, Farnell InOne works to create tailored eProcurement systems, integrated into their chosen back-end technologies. Farnell InOne can fully service its international corporate customers through a range of products and services including industrial tools and supplies and health and safety products from sister company BuckHickman InOne.

Farnell InOne offers its customers, professionals working in design, maintenance, production and purchasing, a multi-channel choice, from paper catalogues, CD-ROM catalogues and web-based services, to field sales and business contact centres
Farnell InOne services hundreds of thousands of small and medium-sized companies, as well as meeting the needs of the corporate market through dedicated accounts
As an InOne business, Farnell InOne provides access for customers to over 3000 suppliers and millions of products worldwide
In the UK, Farnell InOne holds the leadership position in semiconductors
Farnell InOne employs over 1,500 people
Part of the global Premier Farnell Group (LSE:pfl, NYSE:PFP), Farnell InOne offers its customers rapid access to over 250,000 stocked products

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