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…

What Makes Future Electronics Different?

Future Electronics Inc. isn’t an enigma. Not by a long shot. Many of the electronics components distributor’s suppliers and customers swear by it because it’s reputed for standing by them through the industry’s notorious boom and bust cycles and for offering design and engineering support critical to breaking into new markets and security design-wins. Others…

Chip Makers Tap Emerging-Market Opportunities

Spring is bringing new growth to global markets at a sustainable pace, which is exciting for the supply chain. Europe, like North America, is showing real signs of a return of consumer confidence and foreign investment. Meanwhile, many of the emerging economies are also gaining momentum, although some remain clouded in political issues, like Russia; and…

April Component Trends: Return to Stability

Although electronics components saw a little movement in leadtimes and pricing in the month of March, April — with a few exceptions– is trending back toward stability. According to Avnet’s latest Market and Technology Trends report, discretes and memory are two categories worth keeping an eye on. Leadtimes in discrete components are stretching out to as much…

Getting to Know Future Electronics’ Robert Miller, Part Two

It’s not a stretch to say Future Electronics Inc. is at the core of Robert Miller’s life. Although he has numerous interests outside of the company, many of these intersect with the distributor’s activities and Miller unabashedly emphasizes that Future, which he founded nearly 50 years ago and built into one of the top 5…

How America II Juggles Spot-Market & Scheduled Orders

Now in its 25th year of business, America II has expanded globally and has consistently ranked as one of the top distributors in its market. It hasn’t always been easy – independent (or non- authorized) distributors have faced an uphill battle in establishing themselves as trustworthy sources of supply. America II’s President Brian Ellison spoke…

Microsemi Boosts Channel Strategy

Component makers that are expanding their market reach often find their internal resources can’t support every market or every customer that could benefit from their technology. The distribution channel evolved – in part – as an extension of their suppliers’ sales teams. But distributors are also finding they have to do more with less and…

Tips For Thriving in a Flat IP&E Market

In some circumstances – political leadership, for example – long-term stability is a good thing. In the interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) market, a little upward or even downward momentum would be a welcome change for many companies in the electronics supply chain. “From the leadtime perspective, there has been very little change [from 2013],”…

America II: Evolving the ‘Blended’ Distribution Model

In 1989, Michael Galinski founded America II Electronics Inc. with the intent of building a successful IC distribution company. Today, America II is one of the largest independent distributors of electronic components in the world. Now in its 25th year of business, America II has expanded globally and has consistently ranked as one of the…