Smart Grid: Part of a Bigger Opportunity

A few years ago the smart grid represented an opportunity for electronics companies to tap into a rapidly growing market. Thanks to new energy standards, increased public concern for energy savings; volatile gas and oil prices; potential government subsidies and advanced electronics technologies, the grid and its offshoots looked ripe for the picking. Has the…

IP&E Lead Times, Pricing Stable

Lead times and pricing trends are expected to remain stable in the interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) component market, according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market and Technology Trends report. However, Avnet product managers indicate that lead times for some parts, including aluminum capacitors and inductors, may be on the rise so buyers should closely monitor deliveries for…

IP&E: Awaiting Stronger Distribution & End-Market Orders

Manufacturers of passive products anticipating strong sales growth in 2014 are pinning their hopes on improvements in key end-markets, including automotive, consumer electronics, telecommunications and even the defense sector but they say tepid distribution orders and low inventory levels indicate channel partners remain wary about the strength of the ongoing market recovery. Many of the…

Component Prices And Leadtimes Inching Up

Lead time and pricing trends have showed a little upside activity since the beginning of the year,  according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market & Technology Trends report for the month of February. Although the movement isn’t dramatic, buyers should take note of several of the component trends flagged by the global distributor. In analog, lead times continue…

PEI-Genesis Prepares for Expansion Into China

The electronics industry’s expansion into China is far from complete. Companies that did not join the mass migration to the low -cost region in its initial phases have kept a close eye on the market. One of those companies is highly-specialized distributor PEI-Genesis Inc., which has decided it’s time to look at China from the…

Amphenol Q3 Sales Up 5 Percent

The proliferation of electronics in all types of devices has spurred Amphenol Corp. to a quarterly sales record, the company reported this week. Sales for the third quarter 2013 reached $1.153 billion, compared with $1.103 billion for the 2012 period.  “The electronics revolution continues to accelerate, with new applications and higher performance requirements driving increased demand…

Distribution

Delph: Avnet aims to be even Bigger in IP&E

Avnet Inc. prides itself on being a broadline distributor that’s able to supply all the components needed by its thousands of customers globally. That hasn’t stopped the company from trying in recent years to stamp its imprint on the interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IP&E) market, a segment where it has an understated position despite being…

IP&E War Heats Up Electronics Supply Chain, Part 1

Large, billion dollar transactions are unusual in the interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IP&E) components market but recent developments point to a stirring in the sector that will have major impacts on OEMs, suppliers and parts distributors serving the sector. True, IP&E components are anything but glamorous and the main vendors — Amphenol, AVX, Kemet, Molex,…