Smith & Associates Opens First Japan Office

HOUSTON, TEXAS - (January 9, 2007) - Smith & Associates, a global electronic component distribution leader, today announced the opening of a sales office in Tokyo, Japan. Under the leadership of Choon Byun, Vice President of the North Asia Region for Smith, this new office will leverage and augment Smith’s global procurement network in the Asia Pacific region.

“Smith & Associates has a long history of partnering with top tier Japanese computer, consumer, and automotive electronics manufacturers,” said Doug Kelly, President and CEO of Smith & Associates. “Since Toshi Sato, Director of Business Development-Japan, joined Smith two years ago we have been expanding these relationships and with the addition of local sales staff, we will be able to better support our growing customer and vendor base in Japan.”

Smith’s global network and extensive market knowledge will allow Smith’s Japan sales and purchasing representatives to effectively offer Smith’s full range of procurement and inventory management services. Smith Japan is supported by Smith’s in-house quality control, testing, and shipping facilities in Houston, Hong Kong, and Amsterdam.

About Smith & Associates
Founded in Houston in 1984, Smith & Associates ( is the leading independent distributor of semiconductors and electronic components to manufacturers and resellers of high-technology and computer equipment. Smith is a leader in shortage sourcing, custom purchasing, and inventory management solutions.

A privately held company, Smith & Associates employs more than 350 people worldwide, with annual revenue in excess of US$500 million.

Smith’s world headquarters, logistics, and information hub in Houston is ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 certified. This location is supported by sales, logistics, and warehousing hubs in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, and Silicon Valley, in addition to sales and purchasing offices in Barcelona, Guadalajara, New York, Shanghai, and Seoul.

For more information or to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call

1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000.

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For more information, contact:

Mark Bollinger  
Smith & Associates
V.P. of Marketing  
(713) 430-3000


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