How the Supply Chain Developed an IP&E Shortage

Editor’s note: The most ubiquitous components in any electronics design – interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IP&E) devices – are in the midst of an unprecedented supply shortage. What distinguishes this scarcity from others is the broad base of markets that are desperate for IP&E. OEMs are facing idle production lines while they wait for devices…

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…

Rutronik

Germany’s Rutronik Expands its Presence in the Americas

For decades, U.S.-based electronic component distributors’ global growth strategy was acquisition. Beginning with the EU, American distributors acquired foreign competitors to establish themselves in a geographic market. The same is true for Asia-Pacific, and acquisitions there will likely continue. For foreign distributors entering the Americas the trend has been different. While there have been acquisitions—by…

Distribution

Avnet’s Chuck Delph Departs to Become President of Vallen Distribution

Chuck Delph, Avnet Inc.’s president of Electronics Marketing for the Americas since 2016, is the latest Avnet veteran to depart the company. Delph has been named president of Vallen Distribution, effective April 9, 2018, and will be based in Vallen’s Belmont, NC, headquarters. Delph is among a number of senior executives who have left Avnet…

component shortages

Widespread Component Shortages Expected Through 2H 2017

The first half of 2017 is shaping up as the perfect storm for electronics suppliers as capacity constraints, merger and acquisition, obsolescence and higher-than-expected demand is creating component shortages across the supply chain. The risk of double booking has been cited in at least two research reports, indicating the 2001 inventory glut may be fading…

Calabria Sets Abracon’s Channel-Centric Agenda

From a distributor’s perspective, not all suppliers are created equal. Some component makers view the channel as a valued extension of their salesforce; others view distributors as an offsite repository for their inventory. Abracon LLC CEO Mike Calabria is making sure his company falls in the former category. “We are extremely channel-centric,” said the former…

Arrow’s Andy King: Building Customer Connections

Andy King has been president of Arrow Electronics Inc.’s global components business for a little over six months, half a year or two fiscal quarters. Calendar 2015 was a year the electronics distribution industry was happy to put in its rear-view mirror. According to the EPSNews Top 50 Distributors report, the North American franchised distribution industry grew…