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Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas Awarded Distribution 2011 Top Performance Award from 3M

Award given to distributor of 3M interconnect solutions that demonstrates outstanding performance in calendar year 2011

Las Vegas, Nevada - May 9, 2012 – The 3M Electronic Solutions Division interconnect business has awarded its Distribution 2011 Top Performance Award for North America to Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas , a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT). The award recognizes Avnet’s outstanding performance in revenue growth, design support of 3M interconnect solutions, and commitment to customer service excellence. The award presentation, held on May 8, coincided with the Electronic Distribution Show 2012 in Las Vegas.

    Avnet carries a broad range of 3M interconnect solutions, including connectors, sockets, headers, cables and cable assemblies.

    “Avnet’s industry leadership, high level of customer service and overall excellence make the relationship with 3M prosper,” said David Schneider, global business manager for interconnect, 3M Electronic Solutions Division. “We value our relationship at all levels within Avnet’s global team. We especially appreciate their willingness and ability to partner with 3M for field engagement and design creation, along with servicing our customers with the necessary inventory and logistics programs. In the ever-changing electronics industry, we need global partners like Avnet to ensure 3M's customers are properly supported anywhere in the world.”

    “We celebrate this achievement with a valued partner,” said Alex Iuorio, senior vice president of supplier marketing, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas. “3M is one of the most recognized global brands in the high tech industry. “Their products not only support our traditional OEM customers from a design chain perspective, but they also support our growing embedded portfolio, providing the interconnect products our customers need to complete a world-class, system-level solution.”

About Avnet Electronics Marketing

    Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. that serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services. The group's website is located at www.em.avnet.com.

About Avnet, Inc.

    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 by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended July 2, 2011, Avnet generated revenue of $26.5 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com.

About 3M Electronic Solutions Division – Interconnect

    3M Electronic Solutions Division’s Interconnect business offers a variety of innovative connectors, low and high-speed cables, both industry standard and custom cable assemblies and Textool brand test and burn-in sockets for component engineers and designers in the electronics industry. For more information about 3M’s Interconnect solutions, visit: http://www.3Mconnectors.com. Information about 3M Company is available online.

3M, Textool are trademarks of 3M Company.

*All other trademarks listed herein are owned by their respective companies.

Contacts:
Avnet Bethany Helvie
(480) 643-7183
Bethany.Helvie@avnet.com
Contacts:
3M Laurel Chesky
(512) 984-77086
lchesky@mmm.com

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