ECIA Recognizes Outstanding Members

ECIA is pleased to present the 2018 Distinguished Service Awards to seven members who have made significant contributions to the association by sharing their time and energy; and its North Star Award. The 2018 honorees embody the spirit of giving back and have gone above and beyond their day jobs in the service of the association and the industry. They make it a point to get involved in association committees…

ECIA Reorganizes to Better Serve Members

The Electronic Component Industry Association (ECIA) announces a structural reorganization reflecting input from a series of interviews and an extensive member survey. ECIA’s primary mission, to promote and improve the business environment for the authorized sale of electronic components by manufacturers, their reps and distributors, hasn’t changed. But the new structure creates forums for each…

What Electronics Companies Need to Know About Prop 65

Although California’s update to its Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 — Proposition 65–doesn’t appear to impact electronics, experts warn the supply chain must revise its compliance practices or risk the consequences. “Violations often ensnare everyone in that supply chain, and at that point you bring in the lawyers and the toxicologists, and the costs…

ECIA Issues Prop 65 Advisory

ECIA’s Global Industry Practices Council (GIPC) has compiled information to encourage members to consider measures surrounding Proposition 65 in California. According to the Advisory, the original Proposition 65 Safe Water and Toxic Enforcement Act was passed by California ballot in 1986 in the interest of protecting consumers from substances that cause cancer and reproductive harm.…

Tariffs Raise ‘Red Flag’ on Component Supply Risks

Electronics executives and industry experts are all over the map regarding the impact of U.S. and China tariffs on component supplies, OCMs, distributors and their customers. One thing is crystal clear – tariffs, or “taxes,” in one form or another are going to be passed on to buyers. Research and investment firm Morgan Stanley projects…

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Counterfeit Reports Fell in 2017; 2018 Trend Unclear

Incidents of counterfeit electronic components dropped dramatically in 2017, according to ERAI Inc., a global organization that monitors, investigates, and reports issues affecting the supply chain. ERAI reported a total of 771 suspect counterfeit and nonconforming parts in 2017, which shows a marked decline from prior years. The organization is cautious, however, about drawing too…

Electronics Counterfeiters Capitalize on Component Shortages

Every dark cloud has a silver lining. Unfortunately, the real beneficiaries of the current long-term and lasting component shortages are counterfeiters. “Current estimates for the annual loss to the electronics industry due to counterfeit components is north of $5 billion,” said Creative Electron CEO Bill Cardoso in an article on EPSNews sister publication EBN.  “With…

ECIA Adds Eight New Members

ECIA is pleased to welcome the following eight companies to its roster of prominent electronic component distributors, suppliers and manufacturers’ reps. From the component manufacturer sector, Cypress Semiconductor, Marquardt Switches, Samtec, and Leader Tech Inc. have joined the organization recently. From the distributor community, ECIA welcomes Component Distributors, Inc. and Benchmark Connector Corporation. Strategic Automation Services and John F. Kilfoil Company, both manufacturers’ rep organizations, have…