IP&E Trends: Longer Deliveries for Aluminum Electrolytic Caps, Relays

The good news for buyers is that lead times and pricing trends remain stable for most interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) components, according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s most recent Market and Technology Trends report. However, purchasers should keep a close eye on lead times for surface-mount aluminum electrolytic capacitors and electromechanical relays. Production capacity at…

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Can the Supply Chain Survive the Free-Service Squeeze?

Outside of corporate management, engineers are the most valued—and best-paid—members of the electronics supply chain. So why do so many customers expect to get engineering services for free from their business partners? The distribution industry for decades has been struggling with this issue. “Giveaways” began with value-added services. Customers that bought components from distributors asked…

M&As Drive Major Shifts in Automotive IC Market

El Segundo, Calif. – The recent merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the automotive semiconductor market is reshaping the competitive landscape, according to a new report from IHS Technology. These include acquisitions by Qualcomm, Infineon Technologies, and On Semiconductor The latest deal is Qualcomm Inc.’s announcement that it would acquire U.K.’s CSR PLC. This purchase is…

Arrow Names EMEA Sales VP

Arrow Electronics announced the appointment of Martin Bielesch as vice president sales of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Components. Bielesch joins Arrow from Avnet EMG, where he was most recently regional vice president of Central Europe and, previously, general manager of lighting and new markets in Europe. Prior to this, he held various management…

Avnet Releases Smart Vision Dev Kit

Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), is helping to eliminate time and cost barriers to develop industry-leading embedded machine vision applications with today’s release of the Smart Vision Development Kit featuring the Xilinx® Zynq®-7015 PicoZed System-on-Module (SOM). The low-cost, all-in-one kit enables engineers in markets such as banking, medical scanning,…

Local Knowledge Extends Quality in Global Supply Chains

Diversification and expansion in the electronics market poses many challenges: there is a rapid emergence of new markets, an extension of supply chains, increased logistics and reverse logistics demands, not to mention rapidly growing, intense competition from new, locally-based OEMs. These market challenges are repeated across regions; they are similar regardless of point of origin…