Special Report: Top 25 global electronics component distributors
Hello, and welcome back to another installment in the long-running Top 25 Distributors list, brought to you by EBN and hosted this year by our colleagues at EDN.
As you’ll see from the annual list, not too much changed amid the electronic components distribution landscape in 2012. Some companies lost revenue ground, and some gained—some significantly—but overall it was a flat year.
But the business itself—its internal challenges and opportunities—is wilder than ever, from shifting market and technology priorities, to regulatory and compliance challenges, to counterfeiting, to risk management, to crisis preparedness and management.
The stories inside this year’s issue help illuminate that and more.
Our overview story, which recalls Ulysses and the Sirens, delves into one of distribution’s biggest challenges today: how much to embrace the high-volume, low-margin, and highly volatile consumer electronics business.
Tam Harbert wonders whether any lessons from the Japan earthquake and tsunami and Thailand floods sunk in at all.
Longtime supply-chain editor and observer Barbara Jorgensen ties a neat thread between the two crucial halves of our world: the design chain and the supply chain. What are the conflicts between the two, and how do we resolve them? And Jennifer Baljko pens an in-depth look at the latest legislation, regulation, and strategy around anti-counterfeiting of components.
You can find these and more excellent supply-chain insights in this annual survey. And, every day, you can stay on top of the latest supply- and design-chain news and trends at EBNOnline.com. Enjoy.
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The EBN Top 25 Distributors survey is conducted annually between March and April for publication online and in print. The listing ranks electronic component distributors by calendar-year sales; in the few cases where those numbers are unavailable, fiscal-year sales are used.
The data is collected via questionnaires that are e-mailed to private and public companies worldwide. The information provided is matched against public records; in cases where such records are unavailable, companies are asked to provide a signed letter confirming the numbers. EBN estimates the results for companies that do not complete the questions or that decline to offer letters confirming sales figures. Companies whose numbers cannot be independently verified are not ranked.
This story is part of the Special Report: Top 25 global electronics component distributors, brought to you by Avnet Electronics Marketing and in partnership with EBN. Read on to review the challenges and opportunities—from regulatory compliance, to counterfeiting, to risk management, and more—at work in design chain and the components industry.
- Ulysses and the Sirens: Distributors eye consumer business longingly but warily
- Did lessons from the 2011 tsunamis and floods really sink in?
- Resolving design chain vs supply chain conflicts
- America’s declared (and undeclared) cyberwar
- Tips for design engineers: tapping into online design tools
- Dueling swords in the EMS sector
- The anti-counterfeit movement: Is it really a movement yet?
View the 2014 Top 25 distributors list here.