Distribution M&A Takes a Different Tack

The electronics distribution industry will never again see the kind of merger and acquisition activity that took place in the 1990s. During that period, trade journals’ rankings of the Top 100 Distributors became the Top 50 and then the Top 25. The driver, of course, was nationalization and then globalization. Distributors were filling in the…

Acquisitions Dominate the IP&E Market

In last month’s IP&E Market Insider newsletter, I noted that it was very likely that we would see more interconnect, passive, and electromechanical (IP&E) component manufacturers focused on high-performance product development to offset dwindling margins in their commodity businesses as well as more targeted acquisitions of niche companies that give them entry into higher end…

TTI Acquires Astrex

TTI, Inc. an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, today announced the acquisition of Astrex Electronics, a privately held connector distribution specialist headquartered in Plainview, New York. Mike Morton, President TTI Americas, said of the acquisition, “I’m very pleased to be bringing Astrex Electronics into the fold of the TTI family of companies. I…