Where the Electronics Supply Chain Comes Together

The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) is made up of the leading electronic component manufacturers, their manufacturer representatives and authorized distributors. ECIA members share a common goal of promoting and improving the business environment for the authorized sale of electronic components. Comprised of a broad array of leaders and professionals representing all phases of the electronics components supply chain, ECIA is where business optimization, product authentication and industry advocacy come together. ECIA members develop industry guidelines and technical standards, as well as generate critical business intelligence. 

NEW in 2021 - Get to know ECIA's Member of the Week! 

Message from the President

Hold Onto Your Hats

The roaring 2020s so far are living up to expectations with a veritable tsunami of supply chain disruption. There is surging demand for electronics, severe material shortages - especially in semiconductors - and uncertainty from continuing lock-downs in some parts of the world as the vaccine roll-out hits some snags. Notwithstanding these hiccups, as our Chief Analyst Dale Ford tells it, the perfect storm of the technology triumvirate -- 5g, Internet of Things, and cloud computing - is still a solid growth foundation for the long term, and the industry is poised for a spectacular decade.

At ECIA our work promoting and improving the business environment for the authorized sale of electronic components continues unabated. The recent Board and Council meetings were virtual, and I thank all those who participated on those somewhat onerous zoom meetings, which, let’s face it, are not as fun as getting together in person. The good news is that our next set of meetings will be in person in Chicago, after the Executive Conference. 

Here’s what a fly on the virtual wall at our recent meetings would have heard about:  Click here to continue.

David Loftus
President & CEO
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Distribution Minimizes 2020 Losses as it Stabilizes Supply Chain

Dale Ford, Chief Analyst

The electronic components industry and participants up and down the electronics supply chain were put through an extreme stress test throughout 2020 and continuing into 2021. In the midst of a world in transition, distribution played a vital stabilizing role in many areas as the ability to forecast and anticipate supply/demand changes required a mix of traditional and innovative solutions in supply chain management. After battling the challenges of 2020, the Top 50 Authorized North America Distributors experience a decline of 5.9 % in North American sales.  However, this same group combined to achieve worldwide sales growth of 4.5% as demand in Asia more than compensated for losses in the North America market.

ECIA has implemented an important change to the Top 50 results for 2020 compared to research published by Electronics Sourcing in surveys from prior years.  Only “Authorized Distributors” are included in the research and rankings.  This is consistent with ECIA’s mission to support the Authorized Channel. As a result, brokers and others are no longer included and they have been replaced by 13 authorized distributors that are new to the Top 50 rankings.

Member of the Week:

Congratulations to Analog Devices, ECIA’s Member of the Week.



Analog Devices is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of a broad portfolio of high performance analog, mixed-signal, and digital signal processing (DSP) integrated circuits (ICs) used in virtually all types of electronic equipment. Since their inception in 1965, the company has focused on solving the engineering challenges associated with signal processing in electronic equipment. They focus on key strategic markets where their signal processing technology is often a critical differentiator in customers' products, namely the industrial, automotive, communications, and consumer markets.

Phil Fraser, Director of Channel Sales, serves on the ECIA Board of Directors and Manufacturer Council. Having his guidance during the past few years of transition has been invaluable. 

"Membership in ECIA offers participating companies the opportunity to influences practices and processes for the electronic component industry," said Phil. "Working with distributors,  manufacturer reps and manufacturers - the organization provides a forum to collaborate on developing solutions that benefit the entire supply chain."

ECIA appreciates Phil and his team’s involvement with the association and support of its initiatives. Without that  support, ECIA could not achieve our goals. We are grateful for your support! 

From Our Service Partners

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ECST Survey

The Electronic Component Sales Trends (ECST) tracks viewpoints on the sales of electronic components and the impact on end markets by surveying ECIA members, their peers and colleagues. The surveys sample individual opinions of knowledgeable professionals in the electronics industry on current monthly/quarterly performance and a look ahead to future expectations. Please take a moment to share your opinion and complete these surveys; each participant receives the survey results report.  

  • Monthly (Note – The monthly survey is open the first three weeks of the month.)
  • Quarterly (Note – The quarterly survey is open February, May, August and November.)

*The latest ECST summary report is available to members.

2021 ECIA Executive Conference

October 24-26 | Loews Chicago O'Hare | Registration is Open 

More than ever, we look forward to reuniting at the industry's premier executive event!  Click here to learn more. Complete details will be posted soon. 

Consider sponsorship - support the conference and grab the spotlight for your company. 

Conference Details

100 Years of the Authorized Channel 

What's your story? Many companies in the electronics industry are celebrating milestone anniversaries. With a nod to the industry’s start on Radio Row, it is the perfect time to celebrate 100 years of the Distribution Channel and its impact on the tech industry and society.

ECIA is assisting in the creation of an e-book that recognizes the visionaries and founders of our industry, the companies that made a difference, technology, operational advancements, and the Association - which has helped spur the growth and value of the channel. Your company has a chance to tell your story! 

View detailed information and ad specifications. Select from a full-page advertorial spread, full page or half-page ad. 

Visit the "100 Years of the Authorized Channel" Page

GIPC Update

The Global Industry Practices Committee recently held its quarterly update webinar. 

The webinar recording and presentation decks are available for review on the ECIA Resources and Training/Webinar page. Click here to review. 

For more information on GIPC activities, please contact Don Elario

Weekly Member Newsletter

June 09, 2021