Commoditization & Consolidation: Scourge of IP&E Market

There are numerous challenges ahead for interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IPE) components manufacturers, component distributors and equipment makers. Commoditization – the rapid erosion of pricing and profit margins – isn’t a problem for just suppliers. It poses a challenge for distributors and, in the longer run, OEMs too; what they gain in lower pricing for…

IP&E War Heats Up Electronics Supply Chain, Part 1

Large, billion dollar transactions are unusual in the interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IP&E) components market but recent developments point to a stirring in the sector that will have major impacts on OEMs, suppliers and parts distributors serving the sector. True, IP&E components are anything but glamorous and the main vendors — Amphenol, AVX, Kemet, Molex,…

Richardson RFPD Adds CDE DC Link Capacitors

Richardson RFPD, Inc. today announces availability and full design support capabilities for a new line of high energy density DC link capacitors from Cornell Dubilier. The 948D Series uses a fused, segmented metallization pattern, offering greater open circuit protection, increased reliability, and superior control of capacitance loss than competitive types. The new capacitors are ideally-suited…

Newark Element14 Expands Kitting Facility

Chicago, Ill. − Newark element14 has doubled the size of its custom electronic component kitting facility in Plano, Texas, driven by increased demand for turnkey assemblies and engineering kits. As part of Newark element14’s value-added services, the distributor provides kits for design, production, field repair and maintenance. Services include a wide range of fabricated and…

Sager Expands Pancon Agreement

Middleborough, Mass. − Sager Electronics, a North American distributor of interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IP&E) devices, has expanded its franchise agreement with Pancon Connectors (formerly ITW Pancon) to include Ark-Les Connectors and Paktron Capacitors. The component maker manufactures custom and standard connectors as well as multilayer polymer capacitors used in power and signal applications. “This expanded…