AVX recognized for supporting FIRST


The Electronic Component Industry Association recognized AVX
& other member companies for contributing to the success of
the STEM-promoting FIRST Robotics Competition at its recent
Executive Conference

GREENVILLE, S.C., Dec. 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AVX Corporation, a
leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions,
was recognized at the recent Electronic Component Industry Association
(ECIA) Executive Conference for its support of the 2014 FIRST(R)
Robotics Competition. Founded in 1989, FIRST (For Inspiration and
Recognition of Science and Technology) is a nonprofit organization that
creates accessible, innovative programs designed to motivate young
people to pursue educational and career opportunities in science,
technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as to foster their
self confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

Dubbed a “varsity sport for the mind,” the FIRST Robotics Competition
(FRC) combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and
technology, providing students with a unique opportunity to engage in
“real world engineering.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and
tight time constraints, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to
raise funds, create a team brand, hone their teamwork skills, and
collectively build and program a robot capable of performing a series
of prescribed tasks more effectively than competitors’ robots. Students
participating in the FRC get to work with and learn from professional
engineers, build and compete with a robot of their own design, learn to
use sophisticated software and hardware, and both compete and cooperate
in alliances and tournaments for a chance to participate in the FIRST
World Championship and to qualify for a share of more than $18 million
in college scholarships.

“AVX recognizes the importance of encouraging students to develop an
interest in science and technology and is proud to both support the
FIRST Robotics Competition –an innovative, hands-on initiative that
encourages high school students to explore and pursue STEM studies and
careers– and to be recognized by the ECIA for our contributions to the
program,” said AVX Vice President of Sales, Pete Venuto.

For more information about AVX, please visit www.avx.com, call
864-967-2150, or write to One AVX Boulevard, Fountain Inn, S.C. 29644.
For more information about the FIRST Robotics Competition, please visit

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: Callie Baldwin
Corporate Communications Director, AVX