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. 

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Message from the President

EDS is now behind us. I truly enjoyed the networking and being able to meet with so many of our industry peers. The camaraderie and energy that our industry has is second to none. Thank you, all, for making it a successful year to be ‘back to the summit.’

We are also very excited to announce that the ECIA Foundation has launched ECIA PACE, a basic training program for anyone new to the electronic components industry. Thanks to the 50 companies that generously donated to fund the development of the program. The benefit is free to members and sponsor company employees.

I believe this training program captures and underlines the importance of the channel to the broader tech industry. The next generation of electronic component industry champions will learn about the hardware that is essential to the high-tech magic they use every day, and that will help attract and retain the talent that is so essential to our member companies.

The course is named the Paul Andrews Continuous Education (PACE) training after the founder of distributor TTI who passed away early in 2021. ECIA Foundation President Jim Kaplan saw the funding of this training initiative as a way for the industry to honor Mr. Andrews. “Paul was dedicated to this industry and its employees and I’m sure he would be very proud to have his name and legacy associated with this ECIA Foundation initiative,” explained Kaplan. “The overwhelming support from the over 50 companies that have joined as sponsors is a testament to how critical it is for us to educate the next generation about the electronic

ECIA members with profiles on the ECIA website must log in to gain access to the courses. For others, create a profile on the ECIA website first, then access. For more information, please visit www.ecianow.org/PACE.

We hope you enjoy the training.

David Loftus
President & CEO


North America Electronic Component Sales Sentiment Beats Expectations in April – But Caution Prevails Looking Forward

Dale Ford, Chief Analyst

The results of the April 2022 Electronic Component Sales Trend Survey (ECST) delivered encouraging strength in the results for April. However, survey participants are clearly cautious in their expectations for May. Overall sales sentiment for April beat expectations by over 13 points as the index measurement grew from 113.6 to 119.6.  Survey participants still expect growth in May but soften their expectations in the index to 111.5, a drop of 8.1 points and the lowest level since the November 2021 results. After a period of dramatic swings in the index it has settled into a relatively stable range between 111 and 130 for overall sentiment over the past ten months with an average of 120.0. As an added positive observation, the last time the index measured below 100 was July 2020. The market has seen nearly two years of positive momentum. Looking forward, the electronic component markets continue to face strong headwinds. Hopefully, the market will demonstrate continued resilience and relative stability in an increasingly unstable environment.

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Member of the Week: 

We are pleased to announce Sigma Component Design as ECIA’s Member of the Week. 
Sigma Component Design is an Independent Manufacturers Representative serving the Canadian Electronics Industry. Sigma exclusively represents a small synergistic group of principals, providing technical support and customer service to OEM customers and distribution partners in Canada.

Sigma Component Design has been a member of ECIA for 4 years. We are grateful for their continued support.

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Weekly Member Newsletter

May 18 - PACE Training Launch; Executive Conference; Upcoming Webinar; Congratulations, Robin Gray; Stats and Research; Member of the Week, Sigma Component Design



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Quarterly Americas DTAM Estimates

Dale Ford, Chief Analyst

Continuing with a focus on data related to the distribution market, this report delivers the latest quarterly DTAM estimates for the Americas for detailed component categories with data through Q3 2021. A detailed discussion of the background and methodology for this research was presented in the first quarterly DTAM report published in July 2021 and can be referenced for a more complete explanation of the work supporting this data.  This latest report and the associated Excel Workbook deliver the updated results of this research and analysis to ECIA members.

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Celebrating 100 Years of the Authorized Channel 

With a nod to the industry’s start on Radio Row, it is the perfect time to celebrate 100 years of the Authorized Channel and its impact on the tech industry and society.

ECIA assisted with 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.

Visit the "100 Years of the Authorized Channel" Page


The GIPC work group has released a whitepaper with areas for consideration in dealing with the current workplace disruption due to COVID complications. The work group focused on analyzing the impacts of the pandemic upon the electronic components industry.

Read the white paper, "Workplace Disruption - How it is Changing."

Design Registration

The ECIA’s Global Industry Practices Committee (GIPC) has reached a milestone in its Design Registration program initiative. One critical objective of the initiative is to substantially improve the efficiency of the cross-enterprise design registration process by developing a ‘Smart’ version that can leverage AI and other digital solutions. 

Phase 2 began with a newly formed work group of Subject Matter Experts. Attributes of a desired-future state registration process were delineated based on the 2020 research, and by building consensus among the key stakeholders.. This consensus document was recently completed and accepted. The work group now begins the process of evaluating trending technology companies for compatibility to the Desired-Future State model. 

Environmental Compliance 

This GIPC subgroup met recently to discuss matters that impact the electronic component industry. Updates were provided on issues such as PIP 3.0; SCIP and Prop 65. ECIA works with a number of third-party companies that specialize in these areas and provide ECIA members a way to stay on top of these important issues. For more information about Environmental Compliance, see Issues & Practices (ecianow.org). 

For more information on GIPC activities, please contact Don Elario