Bourns Adds Custom Options for Power Designs

In the interconnect, passive and electromechanical market, the slightest advantage can help secure a component’s spot in an OEM design. IP&E component manufacturer Bourns Inc. is expanding its competitive edge in the power electronics market by acquiring specific assets of the Transtek brand of magnetics components. Transtek’s product portfolio included custom transformers, inductors and coils…

Electronics Industry Optimism Surging as 2017 Knocks

Finding an electronics industry executive at Electronica 2016 who isn’t gung ho about the prospects for the sector in 2017 and over the next several years won’t be impossible but it’s certainly not going to be easy. On the second day of the biennial exhibition that brings together designers, suppliers and manufacturers to the high-tech…

Avnet’s Fay: Premier Farnell Builds on a ‘Solutions’ Ecosystem

Avnet Inc. says its acquisition of U.K.-based distributor Premier Farnell will help the company accelerate its digital transformation and make it a more critical partner to customers through the provision of a wider range of design engineering and supply chain solutions to move them swiftly and seamlessly from the idea and product conception stages to…

What Mouser ‘s Global Team Learns from its Local Ground Game

E-commerce has effectively demolished the geographic boundaries that used to limit electronics procurement through the distribution channel. Component suppliers authorized distributors to sell their brands in geographic markets to avoid over-distribution and linecard conflicts. The first time a distributor offered all of its brands internationally online tested those boundaries. The supply chain found that expanding…

German Distributor Rutronik Expands to Americas

The announcement is vaguely reminiscent of the 1990s: A successful distributor in its domestic market is duplicating its model overseas. This time, however, it’s a European company establishing itself in the U.S. Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH, founded in 1973 in Ispringen, Germany, has opened its U.S. headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. (See facts and figures, below.) Its…

Electronics Hobbyists Fuel Economy

Electronics distributors, particularly those that specialize in engineering and design volumes, are seeing an increase in orders from do-it-yourselfers and hobbyists. Often, people that tinker with electronics are also involved in the market in some other way. Distributors such as Jameco Electronics have found engaging with hobbyists can lead to business orders down the line.…