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VPG Adds Whistler Technology As Distributor For Complete Line Of High-Precision Resistors, Strengthens COTS Support In U.K. While Addressing Obsolescence And Counterfeiting

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE: VPG) today announced that Whistler Technology plc, a Mansfield-based supplier of electronic components since 2002, is distributing the complete line of Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) Bulk Metal ® Foil resistors throughout the United Kingdom. As a value-added distributor, Whistler Technology is also providing design-in and technical support for tailored solutions.

By distributing VFR’s precision resistors, Whistler Technology is cementing its distribution strength in the military, aerospace, down-hole, and medical industries while allowing its customers to penetrate new high-reliability markets. The VFR portfolio includes products in a variety of precision resistor configurations and package types: discrete resistors and resistor networks in surface-mount and through-hole (leaded) configurations; customized chip resistor networks; precision trimming potentiometers; and discrete chips for use in hybrid circuits.

“In expanding its network of reliable distributors, VFR strengthens its COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) support with precision resistor products guaranteed to be available far into the future with no obsolescence,” said Yuval Hernik, Senior Director of Application Engineering for VFR. “This eliminates voids in designer support and removes the pressure on buyers who, in desperation, go to unauthorized distributors and risk mission failure and company reputation by opening channels for opportunistic counterfeiters.”

For Whistler Technology’s customers, Bulk Metal Foil resistors offer a TCR of 0.2 ppm/°C over a temperature range of -55 °C to +125 °C, resistance tolerance to 0.001%, load life stability to 0.0025% for 2,000 hours at 70 °C, thermal stabilization time less than 1 s (nominal achieved within 10 ppm of steady state value), low harmonic distortion, and electrostatic discharge (ESD) at least to 25 kV. The devices include the new series of ultra-high-precision Bulk Metal Z1-Foil wraparound, surface-mount chip resistors for high-temperature applications up to +240 °C.

“VFR is pleased to have this opportunity to work with Whistler Technology and anticipates a long and close relationship with mutual success for both companies in the U.K.,” added Hernik. “And high-end electronics manufacturers will receive the benefits of having genuine high-precision resistor products more immediately available for prototype development, as well as production, with all the efficiency of in-country procurement.”

Further information about Vishay Foil Resistors products is available at or via E-mail to Follow Vishay Foil Resistors at

About Vishay Precision Group

Vishay Precision Group (VPG) is an internationally recognized designer, manufacturer and marketer of: components based on its resistive foil technology; sensors; and sensor-based systems specializing in the growing markets of stress, force, weight, pressure, and current measurements. VPG is a market leader of Foil Technology Products, providing ongoing technology innovations in precision foil resistors and foil strain gages, which are the foundation of the Company’s Force Sensors Products and its Weighing and Control Systems. The product portfolio consists of a variety of well-established brand names recognized for precision and quality in the marketplace. To learn more, visit VPG at

About VPG Foil Resistors

VPG Foil Resistors, a part of Vishay Precision Group (VPG), produces the most precise and stable resistors available. Distinguished by the premier brands Vishay Foil Resistors, Powertron, and Alpha Electronics, the VPG Foil Resistors portfolio includes discrete resistors and resistor networks in surface mount and through-hole (fixed-lead) configurations; customized chip resistor networks; precision trimming potentiometers; and discrete chips for use in hybrid circuits. These devices are used in applications requiring a high degree of precision and stability, such as in medical testing equipment, semiconductor equipment, precision measuring instruments, aerospace, and military applications. To learn more, visit

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