No single electronic device in the world today can function without the millions of interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) components suppliers churn out daily. That’s a happy fact for the manufacturers of these parts and their key allies in the distribution market. The flip side is that these components are often treated as the runt of the electronic litter by analysts, investors and, sad to say, even some design engineers and purchasing professionals.
We aim to change this, not as a whimsical project but because IP&E parts are critical to the industry and also in recognition of the growing size of the market and the heft of many of its leading vendors. Leading connector vendors like TE Connectivity may not be a household name like Intel Corp. or command the same valuation as suppliers with similar revenue in the semiconductor market but in their own rights these are major players in the industry. Without their so-called “non-active” parts, semis cannot function effectively on a printed circuit board. (See: IP&E Marketplace Takes Off.)
The IP&E Marketplace is the focal point for acknowledging and furthering the critical role companies like TE Connectivity, Molex, Kyocera, Vishay, Amphenol, 3M Co, AVX, Methode and countless others play in helping OEMs achieve their business objectives. Here we focus on the changing technologies and innovations being introduced daily as well as the alliances, partnerships, design techniques and collaborative efforts between suppliers and their customers. We will focus on the technical information available at suppliers and at design engineers working at OEMs.
The “marketplace” isn’t a misnomer. The name reflects exactly what the IP&E Marketplace is and what it does; an avenue and a meeting point for manufacturers, buyers, sellers and designers of interconnect, passive and electromechanical components. At this site, suppliers have the opportunity to tout their product offerings and additional resources each company makes available to the wider audience. Here, partners will be able to find information about compliance and new product development initiatives. They will also be able to make direct purchases by clicking on links that would take them directly to the seller. In other words, visitors to the IP&E Marketplace can obtain information and take quick decisions to secure what they need.
Distributors provide the glue that brings the entire market together and we’ll be giving them prominence on the site. Without this group of companies no segment of the electronics industry can function as smoothly as the entire market does today. They not only serve as middlemen to the entire industry, facilitating the exchange of product awareness campaigns and helping to move products from manufacturers to buyers, but they also provide other important supply chain and inventory management services in addition to serving as lenders and financiers for OEMs and suppliers.
News and extensive coverage of the companies in the sector will also feature prominently on the IP&E Marketplace. My colleague Gina Roos has already posted profiles of some of the companies in the sector, including Erni Components (See: The New Erni). IP&E Marketplace Site Editor Spencer Chin, a veteran of the industry who has covered interconnect, passive and electromechanical companies for more than 20 years and knows them like the back of his hands, will be directing content on the site. Feel free to email anyone of us with your product releases and other press statements.
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