Electronic Component Distribution News Updates

U.S. Manufacturing Momentum Stalls in September

Oct 3, 20225 min read
U.S. Manufacturing Momentum Stalls in September

The pace of U.S. manufacturing activity in September hit its lowest level in more than…

Avnet Adds PMIC Supplier To Global Linecard

Oct 3, 20222 min read
Avnet Adds PMIC Supplier To Global Linecard

Avnet announced a distribution agreement with AnDAPT, a leading programmable power management semiconductor company. Effective…

5 Technologies to Make Your Supply Chain Smart

Sep 28, 20226 min read
5 Technologies to Make Your Supply Chain Smart

Roman Davydov According to Gartner’s survey Lessons Learned From the 2022 Supply Chain Award Winners,…

Catalogs Hold Steady in Volatile Markets

Sep 27, 20225 min read
Catalogs Hold Steady in Volatile Markets

Component sales through the rest of 2022 are forecast to drop, but some businesses in…

Arduino shield combines many sensors for data fusion development

Sep 27, 20221 min read
Arduino shield combines many sensors for data fusion development

Aiming at sensor fusion application development, Rutronik has created a single Arduino-compatible board with a…

Living with Disruption: EMS KATEK’s Dr. Johannes Fues

Sep 26, 20223 min read
Living with Disruption: EMS KATEK’s Dr. Johannes Fues

In the first episode of this six-part series, KATEK SE CFO Dr. Johannes Fues describes…

Tech is the Big Differentiator in Distribution

Sep 22, 20223 min read
Tech is the Big Differentiator in Distribution

Will Kibler In today’s turbulent market conditions, authorized electronics distributors serve as key partners, forging…

Digi-Key opens Back2School Prize Draw for engineering resources

Sep 22, 20221 min read
Digi-Key opens Back2School Prize Draw for engineering resources

Digi-Key Electronics has opened its Back2School Prize Draw sweepstake, giving college students a chance to…

Sponsored Content: EDAC connectors in the TME catalogue

Sep 21, 20221 min read
Sponsored Content: EDAC connectors in the TME catalogue

Durable and secure connections for industrial and automotive applications. Signal connectors from the 140 series…

Women of the Supply Chain 2022 Honored

Sep 20, 20221 min read
Women of the Supply Chain 2022 Honored

Leaders in the electronics industry have been honored by Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s “Women…

5 Ways to Mitigate the High-Tech Talent Shortage

Sep 20, 20225 min read
5 Ways to Mitigate the High-Tech Talent Shortage

Phil Stoten Editor’s note: The electronics industry has been suffering from a talent shortage for…

Cargo Rates Decline but Logistics Delays Linger

Sep 19, 20224 min read
Cargo Rates Decline but Logistics Delays Linger

Industries relying on ocean freight for the bulk of their shipments continue to see decreasing…


The Electronic Component Distribution Business is an essential part of the electronics industry.

Distribution companies are often organized in various national and international distribution associations, such as IDEA. Distributors of electronic components are often used as an intermediary between the manufacturer of electronic components and the customer. This could be the case, if the customer’s order volume is too small to be handled by the manufacturer. But there are also other reasons.

In addition to component shipments, distributors often offer value added services, such as assistance in the customer’s design phase, or logistic services.

The service portfolio depends on the distributor’s strategic direction. There are distributors that concentrate on simple fulfillment. They buy components from the manufacturer in bulk and concentrate on re-selling. Others put their focus on value added services. These can be special design tools or design assistance through the distributor’s engineering staff. 

However, distributors can also be distinguished by their product portfolio. Companies that offer a big variety of components are often called “broadline distributors”. But this type of business model is not suitable for all market participants. Some have specialized on specific niche products. For example, there are distribution companies that focus specifically on electromechanic components. Since these are often smaller companies, it’s an often more suitable concept, than trying to compete against bigger distributors.

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