Component Trends: Two Notable Moves in May

Neither component leadtimes nor pricing seem poised to budge during the month of May, according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market and Technology Trends report. But buyers shouldn’t be deceived by the apparent stability:  upward activity in discretes and memory may signal a pull-through effect on other components. Avnet product experts in discretes report leadtimes for…

Purchasing: Component Pricing Pressure Eases

Demand for electronic components is rising steadily and solidifying enough across all market segments that suppliers are beginning to hope they may soon be able to raise prices and improve their gross profit margins. Led by automotive, industrial and even segments of the consumer electronics market – smartphones and tablets – demand for components rose…

April Component Trends: Return to Stability

Although electronics components saw a little movement in leadtimes and pricing in the month of March, April — with a few exceptions– is trending back toward stability. According to Avnet’s latest Market and Technology Trends report, discretes and memory are two categories worth keeping an eye on. Leadtimes in discrete components are stretching out to as much…

Tips For Thriving in a Flat IP&E Market

In some circumstances – political leadership, for example – long-term stability is a good thing. In the interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) market, a little upward or even downward momentum would be a welcome change for many companies in the electronics supply chain. “From the leadtime perspective, there has been very little change [from 2013],”…

Component Trends: ‘Stability’ Reigns

With a few notable exceptions, lead times and prices in electronics components have stabilized since December, according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s Market & Technology Trends report for the month of January. In discrete semiconductors, logic and memory products, lead times have and prices have stabilized. In December, both were showing some upward momentum. In the…

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Delph: Avnet aims to be even Bigger in IP&E

Avnet Inc. prides itself on being a broadline distributor that’s able to supply all the components needed by its thousands of customers globally. That hasn’t stopped the company from trying in recent years to stamp its imprint on the interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IP&E) market, a segment where it has an understated position despite being…

IP&E War Heats Up Electronics Supply Chain, Part 1

Large, billion dollar transactions are unusual in the interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IP&E) components market but recent developments point to a stirring in the sector that will have major impacts on OEMs, suppliers and parts distributors serving the sector. True, IP&E components are anything but glamorous and the main vendors — Amphenol, AVX, Kemet, Molex,…

Koch Veers into Electronics with $7.2B Molex Acquisition

Koch Industries has agreed to purchase Molex Inc. for $7.2 billion in a transaction that will bring the 75-year old electronic components manufacturer into the fold of one of the world’s biggest and privately-owned industrial conglomerates. The transaction represents Koch’s deepest foray into the electronics industry and marks one of the biggest acquisitions in years…