Digi-Key, Packet Digital Have Distribution Deal

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn., and FARGO, N.D. — Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s largest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, and Packet Digital LLC today announced the two companies have signed an agreement in which Digi-Key will be a global distributor of Packet Digital…

Murata Opens Chinese Design Center

MANSFIELD, MA — Murata Power Solutions today announced the opening of Murata Power Solutions (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, Wuhan Branch Company as an advanced design center in Wuhan, China. The new 1000 square meter site initially has a team of 12 engineering staff, with plans to more than triple the number of design engineers over the…

Digital Power Posts Q4 Figures

FREMONT, Calif. — Digital Power Corporation (NYSE Amex: DPW) today announced its financial results for the fiscal year 2011 and for fourth quarter and for the year ended December 31, 2011. Digital Power's revenues for the year ended December 31, 2011 were $11,231,000, an increase of 8% from revenue of $10,396,000 for the year ended…

TTI-Sager: A Good Fit at First Glance

{complink 12888|TTI Inc.} and Sager Electronics aren't saying much about their impending merger until the deal is done. (See: TTI Buying Sager Electronics.) But at first glance, the acquisition should cause minimal disruption to customers and suppliers and should be a net positive across the board. Both companies are specialty distributors, meaning they focus on…

CHB Capital Sells HiRel to Vishay

DENVER — CHB Capital Partners has sold HiRel Systems, LLC for $85 million, marking the sixth exit for the firm's second fund, CHB Capital Partners II, LP. The sale generated a 7.1x gross cash-on-cash return and a 25.9% gross IRR for CHB. The firm's October 2002 investment in HiRel was also its sixth investment in…

Steps to REACH Compliance

In a previous blog, I observed that the requirements of the European Union regulation known as Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction on Chemical substances (REACH) are complex but noted that it represents a step in the right direction for the manufacturing industry as well as the global environment. (See: REACH Is Not Overreaching.) Since REACH…

Mouser, MPS Have Distribution Deal

MANSFIELD, Texas — Mouser Electronics, Inc., regarded as a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, today announced its global distribution agreement with Monolithic Power Systems (MPS), a leading fabless manufacturer of high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors. The new distribution agreement between Mouser and MPS expands Mouser’s line card of…

ABB Agrees to Buy Thomas & Betts

ZURICH and MEMPHIS, Tenn. — ABB (NYSE: ABB), the leading power and automation technology group, and Thomas & Betts Corporation (NYSE: TNB), a North American leader in low voltage products, today announced that both companies’ boards of directors have agreed to a transaction in which ABB will acquire Thomas & Betts for $72 per share…

Digi-Key, Vicor Have Distribution Deal

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s largest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, and Vicor Corporation today announced the two companies have signed a global distribution agreement. Vicor Corporation offers a comprehensive portfolio of high efficiency, high density power distribution architectures…