Analysis and comment on all matters pertaining to the supply chain and distribution of electronics components from Richard Wilson, editor of Electronics Weekly.


element14 awards community winners

The element14 Community has announced the winners of its annual Community Awards, identifying the most inspiring projects completed in 2014.

The winners are as follows:

Product of the Year: Raspberry Pi B+
Technology of the Year: The Internet of Things (IoT)
Design Challenge of the Year: ‘Forget Me Not’ Challenge…

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You can find Varta Microbattery at Arrow

You can find Varta Microbattery at Arrow

You can now buy Varta Microbattery products from Arrow.

The distributor says it will stock in Europe Varta products including battery packs in chemistries including li-ion, li-polymer, Ni-MH and alkaline.

Likely applications include automotive and medical equipment, measuring and security systems.

According to Philipp Miehlich, general manager…

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Farnell element14 appoints new European sales chief

Farnell element14 has announced the appointment of Richard Slee as business president of sales and marketing in Europe.

In his former role as European CEO at TVS Logistics, he grew the business, developing new markets at the $6bn privately owned Indian company.

Slee was also European sales director at Motorola…

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Rolls-Royce and Alstom chiefs say UK is strong in power electronics

UK suppliers have a big opportunity to capitalise on the growing importance of power electronics in smart grid, electric vehicles and renewable energy, say the heads of PowerelectronicsUK, the cross-industry body.

Terence Watson, chairman of PowerelectronicsUK and managing director of Alstom, said: “The UK’s world leading capabilities in…

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Former Plexus manager joins Stadium iEMS

Former Plexus manager joins Stadium iEMS

Stadium iEMS has appointed former Plexus executive Peter Whitley as general manager of its manufacturing facility in Hartlepool.

Whitley has over 20 years’ experience in the global EMS market including senior commercial and operational roles at Plexus, Jabil Circuit and SVI.

According to Charlie Peppiatt, Stadium iEMS CEO: “The global…

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element14 selects engineers for wearables design challenge

element14 selects engineers for wearables design challenge

The element14 Community has named the 12 engineers from around the world who will take part in its “Sudden Impact” design competition, which is aimed at developing wearable health devices for detecting and preventing sports-related injuries.

Dianne Kibbey, global head of community, element14 said: “We are eager to see…

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You can buy Megger safety testers from Conrad

You can now buy Megger’s PAT100 series of portable appliance testers from Conrad Business Supplies.

These are used for safety testing of appliances in offices, shops and industrial units after DIN VDE 0701-0702.

Featuring rubber armoured cases and fitted with hardened, scratch proof ‘gorilla’ glass and a solid…

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You can buy Avago light sensors from Farnell element14

You can now buy Avago APDS-9950 sensors from Farnell element14.

These chips provide red, green, blue and clear (RGBC) light sensing and proximity detection.

They are designed to work under a variety of lighting conditions and through a variety of attenuation materials, including dark glass.

“The proximity detection feature…

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