Issues and Trends in Components Distribution

Case Study: ZeeVee Onshore and Offshore

When ZeeVee Inc. was founded in 2007, its principals knew exactly where it would manufacture: China. A significant number of OEMs and electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers had spent the prior decade moving manufacturing facilities there, so ZeeVee decided to follow best practices at that time. Today, ZeeVee, a manufacturer of video and signal distribution…

America II Seizes Global Expansion Opportunities

America II Electronics Inc. will this year mark its 27th anniversary in the same quiet way it has celebrated previous milestones. Behind the scene, though, the mid-tier electronics components distributor is making giant stride in a strategic transformation that has positioned it as a major beneficiary of the market’s decades-long consolidation. Once one of a…

Electrocomponents Broadens Reach of Private Label Unit

Electrocomponents PLC has launched a new branding efforts to expand the range of products available under the company’s private label business as the distributor continues efforts to strengthen sales and extend existing services to current and new customers globally. The company unveiled its newly-minted RS Pro brand today and said it will use the division…

Andy Bryant to Retire as COO of Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics Inc. said Andrew Bryant will retire in April, only two years after his appointment as chief operating officer and confirming the company’s intention to position a cadre of younger executives to in future replace chairman, president and CEO Michael Long. Bryant, 60, joined Arrow in 2008 and headed the company’s global enterprise computing…

Avnet Doubles Down on Embedded Systems

The value of embedded systems in the distribution channel was reinforced in recent weeks as Avnet Inc. dedicated global sales and support resources to the embedded market segment. Ed Smith, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas, was named as senior vice president of Avnet embedded systems,  global, earlier this year. For the past year, Smith has overseen both…

Electronics Counterfeiters Get Their Day in Court

Just before the holidays in December 2015 the U.S. Attorney’s office in Connecticut was quite busy: three Chinese nationals were arrested and held on federal criminal complaints pertaining to counterfeit Xilinx components and stolen, military-grade semiconductors from the U.S. Navy that were set to be exported from the United States. On the same day, Jeffrey…

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Amazon.com Expands Stake in Electronics Components

First it was AmazonBusiness, which offers online buying and selling of electronics components. Now, as a number of news outlets have reported, Amazon.com is making semiconductors. According to The Verge: An Israeli company acquired by Amazon last year has announced a new line of semiconductors, marking Amazon’s first foray into the chipmaking market. The company,…

ECIA: DFARS Not ‘FAR’ Enough

Although the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) has undergone yet another revision, proponents of authorized distribution say that the measure still does not go far enough to protect the electronics industry from counterfeit components. The Electronics Components Industry Association, which represents electronics distributors and their suppliers, commented in December on the most recent revision…

CDM Expands Cable Assembly Services for Rail Industry

Turnersville, N.J. – CDM Electronics, an authorized distributor of electronic connectors and cables, provides an expanded range of custom and value-added RF coaxial cable assemblies and power jumper cable assemblies to meet the heavy duty, harsh environment requirements of the U.S. and Canadian freight and rail passenger industry.  With growing opportunities for drive systems, communications, and power…