Electronic Component Distribution News Updates

How Tech Tackles Security Issues in the Supply Chain

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How Tech Tackles Security Issues in the Supply Chain

Luke Smith The supply chain plays a vital role in our economy. It helps to…

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Avnet Abacus Wins Bourns Plaudit

Jan 17, 20232 min read
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Avnet Abacus has won a distribution award from passive electronic components supplier, Bourns. At a…

Port Delays Ease as Import Volume Slumps

Jan 12, 20234 min read
Port Delays Ease as Import Volume Slumps

The latest National Retail Federation data on U.S. ocean imports estimates that December import volumes…

RS Group Revenues Rise 8% in Q3

Jan 11, 20232 min read
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RS Group has reported like for like revenue growth of 8% in Q3. In the…

Why the Electronics Supply Chain Remains in Flux

Jan 11, 20236 min read
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General purpose Cortex-M4 MCUs get 512kbyte flash

Jan 11, 20231 min read
General purpose Cortex-M4 MCUs get 512kbyte flash

STMicroelectronics has increased the amount of memory available in its 170MHz Cortex-M4-based STM32G4 (right) Access…

Industrial SBC for AMD Ryzen Embedded R2000 processors

Jan 10, 20231 min read
Industrial SBC for AMD Ryzen Embedded R2000 processors

Review Display Systems (RDS) has introduced a fan-less industrial mini-STX single-board computer that supports AMD…

Mouser Expands Barcelona Office

Jan 10, 20232 min read
Mouser Expands Barcelona Office

Mouser Electronics has celebrated the opening of its new offices in Barcelona, Spain. The new…

Foremost Electronics Names Martin As Director Of Business Development

Jan 10, 20232 min read
Foremost Electronics Names Martin As Director Of Business Development

Industry veteran Dave Martin has been appointed Director of Business Development at specialist distributor Foremost…

Taiwan Already Has 3-nm Chips; Why the U.S. Lags

Jan 10, 20238 min read
Taiwan Already Has 3-nm Chips; Why the U.S. Lags

“Apple designs in-house the ultra-complex processors that run an iPhone’s operating system. But the Cupertino,…

Anglia, Analog Devices Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Jan 9, 20233 min read
Anglia, Analog Devices Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Anglia Components and Analog Devices have celebrated the tenth anniversary of their relationship, following a…


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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