Dätwyler Buys Premier Farnell as Distributors Hope to Gain Scale

Premier Farnell PLC said it has agreed to be purchased by a division of Swiss industrial components distributor Dätwyler Group AG for approximately $867 million, creating a bigger player in the European components distribution industry while putting an end to the saga of one of Britain’s biggest electronics distributors. The transaction is expected to set…

Distribution Tackles Market Upheaval with Executive Overhaul

The electronics distribution industry is experiencing significant changes in the ranks of its senior executives as the sector fights to spur growth and reverse years of lackluster performance. That’s what happens when companies don’t perform as well as expected but recent changes at the apex of the leading distribution companies indicate the sector may be…

Fay Takes the Helm: What’s next for Avnet EM?

Gerry Fay takes on the role of global president at Avnet Inc.’s Electronics Marketing (EM) group at an interesting time in distribution’s history. The rampant consolidation of the 1990s has tapered off; offshoring has been around for a few years; and electronics continue to proliferate in new applications and new markets. But the market is…