India: Distribution’s Next Hotspot

India isn’t the hottest market for electronics right now but with more than 1.2 billion people, it has the potentials to become one in future, hence the attention being paid to it by many of the world’s biggest electronics equipment manufacturers and other players in the industry supply chain. Component distributors, especially, are avidly exploring…

What if the Prodigal OEMs all Return?

It’s a barely noticeable trickle now but what if all the prodigal Western OEMs who shifted production en masse to low-cost locations in Asia suddenly move even a single-digit percentage of their manufacturing volume back home? Will the electronics supply chain be able to handle the flood and does the industry anymore have the intellectual…

ST Aims for Higher Distribution Sales

STMicroelectronics N.V. is envisioning a day when up to 35 percent of its sales would be derived through components distributors, a move that potentially could add several billions annually to the total available market (TAM) for big and medium-size channel partners. The Geneva, Switzerland-based semiconductor manufacturer has in the past sold its products mainly through…

Modest Movement in August Lead Times & Pricing

Component pricing and lead times remain stable in the month of August, with a few exceptions. Similar to July, lead times for discretes and memory continue to inch up, according to Avnet Inc.’s most recent Market and Technology Trends report. Pricing is moving up slightly in discretes as suppliers see increased booking rates on most…

Where Does EMS Head Next?

The logic behind the concept made enormous sense when OEMs first began focusing on core competencies decades ago. Manufacturing became the main function of specialized contractors such as Flextronics, Solectron, Sanmina, Jabil, Celestica and others while OEMs like IBM Corp., instead of investing in manufacturing plants, concentrated on developing technology, leaving the assembly to the…

What Distributor Results Say About The Industry

Broadline electronics distributors sell everything from IP&E products to semiconductors and systems, so their quarterly results provide a snapshot into the overall health in the global market. As Arrow Electronics Inc. and Avnet Inc. report their results for the June quarter, it’s clear the environment remains challenging. Both distributors saw sales increase for the quarter: …

Leadtimes & Pricing Remain Stable

 Leadtimes and prices in the electronics component market will remain largely stable through the end of July, according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s  latest Market and Technology Trends Report. The report is generated monthly by Avnet component specialists compiling data from customer orders and input from component suppliers. The data represents about 90 percent of the distribution…

The More Things Change in Distribution

There was a period in the electronics distribution industry during which an acquisition in Europe would barely get a second glance. That’s because foreign acquisitions by U.S.-based distributors were happening at roughly one per week. In some cases, it was almost a daily occurrence. Although it appeared at the time that industry leaders Arrow Electronics…