Surging China Alters Components Distribution Hierarchy

The East vs. West struggle for economic dominance and relevance is turning the global electronics components distribution market on its head. A mere nine years after it was incorporated, WPG Holdings Ltd. is threatening to upstage Arrow Electronics Inc. as the No. 2 global electronics components distributor in what is shaping up as the most…

Five Tips for Combating Counterfeit Components

Counterfeit components are a $100 billion industry. Counterfeits are now estimated to comprise between five and 25 percent of all available parts. As the marketplace for engineers has become increasingly fast-moving and competitive, many purchasing professionals and distributors have cut corners to accommodate faster product turnaround schedules. This is has allowed gray market electronics to…

Design Tools Proliferate in the Supply Chain

The design tool, which used to be in the realm of CAD, CAM and EDA providers, is no longer restricted to proprietary, complex, expensive and suite-level solutions. Although they differ vastly from their CAD/CAM/EDA predecessors, design tools provided by suppliers and distributors have the same goal in mind: making it easier for designers to get…

Component Trends: Discretes on the Move in June

For the third month in a row, leadtimes and prices of discrete components have been on the rise, according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market and Technology Trends report. Lead times for discretes have started to stretch for some packages, according to Avnet product experts, resulting in an uptick in ASPs. There are extended lead times…

IoT and Wearables Spurring Supply Chain Momentum

Earlier this month, COMPUTEX 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan, was  proof positive that the dawn of wearable computing and a next level of ubiquity is here. From the trade show floor to keynotes and casual conversations throughout the week, the momentum and commitment to real progress for wearables was clear all along the semiconductor and electronics…

OEMs: Plan Ahead For After-Market Needs

The term “spare parts” may conjure up visions of junkyards, but in the high-tech industry they represent an opportunity worth billions of dollars for companies willing to manage after-market logistics. The storage and maintenance of spare parts is often a drain on company resources. Holding and maintaining inventory costs money that could be better invested…

Digi-Key Shuttle Takes Prototype to Production

Mark Larson’s annual presentation at the Electronics Distribution Show in Las Vegas has always been a standing-room only event because the Digi-Key Corp. top executive is reputed for always delivering critical and blunt but highly valuable assessments of current industry conditions. This year was no different. Larson highlighted the dramatic changes that have taken place…

Digi-Key Touts ‘Unwavering Commitment’ to Design Engineers

Design engineers love Digi-Key Corp. Study after study by industry consultants have consistently affirmed it as the component distributor many engineers often turn to first for prototype purchases. It’s a relationship nurtured over Digi-Key’s more-than-40 -year existence and nothing on the horizon will change this “unwavering commitment and dedication to engineers,” according to senior executives…

China OEMs Buying More Through Distribution

Manufacturers in China are expected to spend, on average, $34 million on components in 2014, according to a new report by Global Sources and eMedia Asia. That figure represents an increase of 26 percent over 2013 purchases, and more of that spend is going through the distribution channel. By all accounts, the use of the channel…