ECIA: DFARS Not ‘FAR’ Enough

Although the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) has undergone yet another revision, proponents of authorized distribution say that the measure still does not go far enough to protect the electronics industry from counterfeit components. The Electronics Components Industry Association, which represents electronics distributors and their suppliers, commented in December on the most recent revision…

TTI Earns ECIA Marketing Awards

Fort Worth, Tex. – For the second consecutive year, TTI, Inc. the leading specialty distributor of IP&E components, is pleased to announce its marketing team has received the Best Co-op Marketing and Best Sales Tools awards from the Electronics Components Industry Association (ECIA). TTI received these awards at the ECIA annual executive conference held in Chicago, IL. The ECIA annual…

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Sound Bites From the ECIA Conference

As usual, the annual ECIA Executive Conference was a mix of information and inspiration. Attendees of the conference this year, held Oct. 25-27, found out what happened to the FIRST competition winner of 2013; how to take a proper selfie, and the difference between French fries and crisps. On a more serious note, presenters broke…

AS6496 Anti-Counterfeit Standard is Taking Root

Authorized distributors have had more than a year now to come to terms with the SAE Aerospace 6496 standard for dealing with fraudulent and counterfeit electronic components, and there appears to be growing acceptance and support for the standard, at least among U.S. companies. “Pretty much all the major North American authorized distributors have signed…

Conflict Minerals Ruling Ignites Compliance Confusion

Electronics manufacturers and component suppliers seeking guidance from authorities following a recent court ruling striking down a portion of the Conflict Minerals Rule will have to wait a while longer. While an industry organization representing suppliers and distributors believes the ruling may have eliminated the need for compliance with the legislation, some lawyers are advising…

Appeals Court: Conflict Minerals Rule Violates 1st Amendment

A U.S. appeals court ruled this week that the government cannot compel companies to report whether or not their products contain so-called “conflict minerals” — gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten– mined from regions in Africa. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on Monday that the requirement that companies state…