Suppliers and Distributors Realign as Market Pressures Shift

Seismic shifts don’t happen all at once. Year by year there’s a little movement, a little resistance, sudden realignment, then aftershocks. It’s an apt metaphor for the electronics distribution industry, where there’s continual movement amongst customers, suppliers and competitors. Key events during 2016 are beginning to change the landscape for the Top 50 Distributors of…

Tech M&A Sets Record in 2016

Global technology merger and acquisition (M&A) deals reached an all-time record of $466.6 billion in 2016, driven in large part by the semiconductor industry, according to EY’s Global technology M&A report: October-December 2016 and year in review report. Digital transformation, led by cloud, mobile, social, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, contributed to…

Connector Consolidation: The Big Get Bigger

Mergers and acquisitions are often a double-edged sword for the electronics supply chain. Several high-profile semiconductor M&As this year have analysts praising the financial soundness of the mergers and the expansion of product portfolios. For purchasing professionals, buying more products from fewer vendors help consolidate their supplier base. At the same time, M&A also means…

M&As Drive Major Shifts in Automotive IC Market

El Segundo, Calif. – The recent merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the automotive semiconductor market is reshaping the competitive landscape, according to a new report from IHS Technology. These include acquisitions by Qualcomm, Infineon Technologies, and On Semiconductor The latest deal is Qualcomm Inc.’s announcement that it would acquire U.K.’s CSR PLC. This purchase is…