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AVX's Tantalum Corporation Receives ISO 13485 Certification

GREENVILLE, S.C., March 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of advanced passive components and interconnect solutions, as well as a premier supplier of tantalum capacitors for critical applications, including military and aerospace systems; power supplies for computer, telecom, medical devices such as life support and life enhancement systems, recently received ISO 13485:2003 certification for its high-reliability tantalum capacitor manufacturing facility, located in Biddeford, Maine. AVX Biddeford's latest certification ensures customers that the plant operates a quality management system that complies with strict ISO 13485 requirements for medical device manufacturers. These requirements emphasize meeting both regulatory and customer requirements, management of risk, and maintaining effective processes for the safe design, manufacture, and distribution of medical devices. ISO 13485 certification also ensures that the plant's management system is aligned with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Quality System Regulation (QSR) requirements and several other global regulatory requirements. "All AVX plants are committed to producing the highest quality components, operating in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, and continually improving manufacturing processes, efficiency, and product quality," said Bob Fairey, General Manager, AVX Tantalum Corporation.  "Our ISO 13485 certification is our latest achievement with respect to these efforts, as well as a valuable tool that will help us continue to manufacture safe, trusted, and high-quality tantalum capacitors for use in critical medical devices."  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. 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:
         Bob Fairey
         General Manager
         207-286-2190
         rfairey@avxtantalum.com 
         
         Callie Baldwin
         Sales and Website Communications Manager
         864-967-9375 
         callie.baldwin@avx.com

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