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Crackdown on counterfeits as grey market threat spreads

Europe’s grey market for electronic components is bracing itself for a crack-down on counterfeits. Most counterfeit components are bought and sold in Asian markets, but the threat to European and US markets is increasing. Authorities in the US have taken definite action to tackle counterfeits and these rules…

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Automotive drives component market; distis see benefits of design

It looks like the UK’s component distribution market will grow by 3% this year, says supply chain organisation the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn). It estimated the market as whole grew by 6% indicating that distribution’s share of the market decreased in 2014. This was attributed to the…

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Mouser focuses on online design tool sales

Mouser Electronics is increasing its focus on the sale of design tools with the creation of a product and information centre for development tools on its sales website. The design tool microsite will include compilers, evaluation and development boards for microcontroller-based designs. There will also be emulators, starter kits…

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Conrad sells Rohde & Schwarz lower cost product lines

Conrad Business Supplies is stocking Rohde & Schwarz instruments following the test firm’s decision to market products from its subsidiary Hameg Instruments under the Rohde & Schwarz name. This is part of the Rohde & Schwarz strategy is to extend the Hameg range of lower cost instruments across Europe…

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Brokerage firm sets up franchised division for e-mech

Astute Electronics has created an electromechanical division with franchised suppliers. This differentiates the business from its traditional brokerage activities. The new division will also have a technical support team. The division launches with six significant franchises: Amphenol, Airborn, Delphi, Fischer, Positronic and Quell. “Names such as Amphenol, Airborn and Delphi…

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RS looking for a new chief

Electrocomponents CEO Ian Mason has announced he will step down at the end of the financial year, next March. The company, which owns distributor and Raspberry Pi supplier RS Components, now has to search for a new CEO. The announcement has caught the distribution sector by surprise. Mason is regarded…

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Conrad invests €56m in logistics centre in Germany

European distributor Conrad has expanded its logistics facilities in Wernberg-Köblitz in response to sales growth and an expansion of its product offering. The expansion respresnts a €56m investment in the are of Wernberg-Köblitz. “Even though there were many reasons to move to a different location, we…

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Distributors build design software download momentum

Online distributors want engineers to get their design software from them. All of it will be downloadable from the distributors’ websites and some of it, not all, will be free. It was called the great design tool giveaway, which is not strictly true, at the Electronica exhibition in Munich last…

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