GREENVILLE, S.C., Feb. 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has received extensive Underwriter Laboratory (UL) certifications for uninsulated single contacts in industrial applications. Validating AVX's assertion that its broad range of uninsulated single contacts provides full connector performance without the added expense of the insulator and its associated assembly costs, the UL certification of AVX's 9176 Series insulation displacement contacts (IDCs), 9155 Series compression contacts, 9296 Series single poke home contacts, and two-piece 9159 Series contacts is a major milestone in the industry-wide acceptance of these leading-edge connector solutions.

"As a testimony to the electrical and mechanical performance characteristics that our several uninsulated contact series exhibit, our latest UL certifications successfully eliminate the largest barrier between these technology-leading, cost-effective connector solutions and the American electronics industry," said Tom Anderson, product manager at AVX. "Developed in response to challenging market requests for miniaturization and cost reduction, our fully functional uninsulated single contacts have been well received since their market introduction a little over three years ago – winning both a 2013 Electronic Products Product of the Year Award and a spot on the 2013 Electronic Design Top 101 Components list – but have yet to be employed in certain applications simply because they had yet to receive UL certification."

Designed to meet stringent cost and performance objectives in a wide variety of harsh commercial, industrial, transportation, solid-state lighting, and medical applications, AVX's several series of single contact solutions are ideal for use in: commercial building controls, such as fire and security; smart grid meters, breakers, and panels; portable commercial and industrial handheld terminals, scanners, and meters; machine controls, such as motors, drives, sensors, solenoids, pumps, and fans; industrial electronic modules and controls; console, police, and emergency lighting; SSL bulbs, fixtures, streetlights, and signage; and medical devices, such as patient monitoring and drug dispensing equipment.

For more information about AVX's 9176 Series insulation displacement contacts and 9296 Series single poke home contacts, please visit http://www.avx.com/docs/masterpubs/wtb2.pdf to access AVX's Wire-to-Board Connectors catalog. For more information about AVX's 9155 Series compression contacts and two-piece 9159 Series contacts, please visit http://www.avx.com/docs/masterpubs/2pc-1pcConnectorSolutions.pdf to access AVX's 2pc/1pc Connector Solutions catalog. For all other inquiries, please visit www.avx.com, call 864-967-2150, or write to One AVX Boulevard, Fountain Inn, S.C. 29644.

About AVX

AVX Corporation is a leading international supplier of electronic passive components and interconnect solutions with 26 manufacturing and customer support facilities in 15 countries around the world. AVX offers a broad range of devices including capacitors, resistors, filters, timing and circuit protection devices and connectors. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:AVX).

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CONTACT: For more information, contact: Tom Anderson Product Manager, AVX 843-241-2179 tom.anderson@avx.com or Callie Baldwin Corporate Communications Director, AVX 864-967-9375 callie.baldwin@avx.comSource:AVX Corporation