ECIA, distributors

Top Distributors Exit ECIA to Form Global Association

Three of the industry’s biggest distributors – Arrow Electronics Inc., Avnet Inc. and Electrocomponents plc – have withdrawn from the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA), marking an historic, structural change in the 9-year-old  trade organization. A new group, the Global Electronics Distributor Association (GEDA), will be formed within the next 90 days, according to an…

Electrocomponents FY 2018 Sales up 12.8%

Strong results and new initiatives to drive future growth and profitability Highlights 2018 2017 Change  Like-for-like change1 Revenue £1,705.3m £1,511.7m 12.8% 12.8% Adjusted2 operating profit £177.1m £133.2m 33.0% 28.1% Adjusted2 operating profit margin 10.4% 8.8% 1.6 pts 1.4 pts Adjusted2 profit before tax3 £173.1m £128.0m 35.2% 30.0% Adjusted2 earnings per share 28.4p 21.0p 35.2% 29.7% Adjusted2 free cash flow £105.1m…

Electrocomponents Acquires MRO-Solutions Provider IESA

In line with our strategy to build out our value-added service proposition, Electrocomponents plc is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement to acquire IESA, a leading provider of value-added services to industrial customers for a cash consideration of £88 million. Acquisition of leading corporate MRO(1) marketplace provider of value-added services Significantly enhances the…

Group Purchasing Gives Buying Power to SMBs

Anyone who is in procurement knows that high-volume purchases mean discounts and oftentimes, leverage. Most small businesses don’t have the need – or the pocketbook – to achieve either. However, when small businesses combine their resources for group purchasing, their negotiating position is significantly strengthened. UNA, launched in 2012, is one of several group purchasing organizations…

Electrocomponents Appoints President Global Supply Chain

Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has appointed Debbie Lentz as President Global Supply Chain. She joins the company as a member of the Executive Management Team, reporting directly to CEO Lindsley Ruth. Debbie is responsible for leading the further development of the Group’s supply chain capability. With her leadership team, she will define and…

The Future of Electrocomponents … is in MRO?

Electrocomponents PLC has the potential to become a $10 billion enterprise within the next 10 years but to achieve this lofty goal, the U.K.-based distributor must venture outside the electronic components market and put down big stakes in the larger maintenance, repairs and operations (MRO) market. CEO Lindsley Ruth set the stage for Electrocomponents’ transformation…

Distribution: More M&A on the Way

The stage is set for a new round of consolidation in the electronics components distribution market. Though still suffering from the effects of margin pressures, supplier and customer consolidation, commoditization and an almost morbid obsession with design engineers, distributors are about to embark upon the latest in a string of M&A actions that will improve…