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Electronic Components Supply Network (ECSN) articles

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ecsn: UK distribution sales stay strong in August

ecsn: UK distribution sales stay strong in August
Adam Fletcher, chairman of the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn), has reported continuing strong revenue growth in August 2018, traditionally one of the quieter months in the year. But at the same time he acknowledged an unusual eight point fall in the B2B (book to bill) ratio.
8th October 2018

Surfing ain’t enough: Engineers have to see, touch and talk

Surfing ain’t enough: Engineers have to see, touch and talk
In this article Adam Fletcher, Chairman of the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn) acknowledges the importance of the engineering team and explains why letting engineers out of the office or lab occasionally might well assist in the development process.
13th August 2018

Trade war impacts electronic components markets

Trade war impacts electronic components markets
President Trump has escalated the looming trade dispute with China. On 10th June he announced further import tariffs of ten percent on over 6,000 products, leading some pundits to suggest that an all-out trade war is all but inevitable. In this article Adam Fletcher, Chairman of the Electronic Components Supply Networks (ecsn) provides an insight into the current imposition of ‘tit-for-tat’ tariffs and examines the impact they may have on electronic components markets.
13th July 2018


Restricted MLCC supply focuses on re-design activity

Restricted MLCC supply focuses on re-design activity
The case sizes of Multi-Layered Ceramic Capacitors (MLCC) available today are seemingly ever shrinking, which coupled with a long term reduction in manufacturing capacity for legacy commodity products and dramatically increasing manufacturer lead times is creating a supply headache for customers in Europe. In this update Adam Fletcher, Chairman of the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn) examines the current issues and suggests how they may be overcome.
18th June 2018

European electronic components market trends – Q1 2018

European electronic components market trends – Q1 2018
The European electronic components distributor total available market (DTAM) continued to grow in Q1 2018 with members of the International Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA) reporting Billings growth of seven percent when compared to the same calendar quarter 2017.
5th June 2018

UK/Ireland distributors enjoy March growth spurt

UK/Ireland distributors enjoy March growth spurt
UK & Ireland component distributors posted sales up 27% in March 2018 compared to February and 6% up year on year. According to Adam Fletcher, chairman of the Electronic Components Supply Network, the Sales by Month “three month moving average” for all electronic components remains in-line with historical trends, suggesting continued growth into the first half of 2018.
1st May 2018

European electronic components market trends - Q4 2017

Data provided by IDEA (International Distributors of Electronics Association) has confirmed that the European DTAM (Distributor Total Available Market) for Electronic Components grew by a little over 12% in 2017. Although Billings declined by six percent in the last quarter of the year compared to Q3 2017, this performance remains broadly in-line with the historical trend.
22nd February 2018

Engineering change notification - the lower cost solution

Over the next few months the engineering departments of many systems companies are likely to see an increase in requests from their procurement teams to approve alternatives to some of the electronic components they designed into their existing products. From his perspective as Chairman of professional community the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn), Adam Fletcher examines why this is happening and suggests that engineering change notifications could prove less costly than some alternative supply solutions.
15th December 2017

European electronic components market trends - Q3 2017

European electronic components market trends - Q3 2017
The European electronic components markets saw continued growth in Q3 2017, bucking the historical trend of third quarter decline. Further analysis of the data provided IDEA (International Distributors of Electronics Association) indicates that the pace of growth in Europe slowed down in Q3 2017 but the decline was not nearly as quick as in recent history.  
21st November 2017

European electronic components market trends - Q2 2017

European electronic components market trends - Q2 2017
The growth in the European electronic components markets continued into the second quarter of 2017, prompting average manufacturer lead times to further extend as growth outpaced forecast demand. Further analysis of the data available to the International Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA) and here provided by ECSN indicates that the growth in Europe began to slow as we entered the second half of the year, which is in line with historical trends.
31st October 2017

Brexit and the ecsn

Brexit and the ecsn
As Brexit negotiations grind on, it is perhaps an opportune time to ponder how the electronic components supply network might be affected when the UK eventually exits the single market. In this article ecsn Chairman, Adam Fletcher reviews the key points and the likely impact but points out that ecsn remains apolitical and neutral in its stance to the entire process. Any perceived bias is therefore merely that of the writer and should not be viewed as representing the opinion of the association.
23rd October 2017

Components search for design engineers

The electronics design engineer of today invariably turns to online electronic components search tools for help in researching electronic components to use in a new equipment design or product revision. In this article Adam Fletcher, Chairman of the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn) reviews a new search engine dedicated to manufacturer authorised distributors that promises to provide engineers with invaluable additional information to assist in this process.
15th September 2017

Components markets growing faster than forecast

Components markets growing faster than forecast
According to Adam Fletcher, Chairman of professional community the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn), the faster than forecast growth experienced by the Electronic Components Markets in the UK and Ireland in the first half of the year is likely to extend into 2H '17. This trend is being reflected throughout the global electronic components supply network leading some commentators to forecast product shortages, but Fletcher said: "Currently only a very small number of electronic components, principally commodity semiconductors and passives are close to allocation."
21st August 2017

An engineer's perspective on semiconductor industry consolidation

An engineer's perspective on semiconductor industry consolidation
The merger and acquisition activity we're seeing in the semiconductor market today is significantly greater than we've seen at any point in history, and a wide range of organisations are therefore likely to feel the impact. Adam Fletcher, Chairman of the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn), explains.
20th July 2017

Trade secrets and the ECSN

Trade secrets and the ECSN
Adam Fletcher, Chairman of the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn), reviews new legislation and considers it’s likely impact on the electronic components industry where there is currently significant merger and acquisition activity and therefore increased risk of information ‘leakage’. 
12th June 2017

Curing a legislative headache

Curing a legislative headache
Those of us who thought slavery was an unsavoury historical remnant would do well to think again following the enactment of the government’s new Modern Slavery Act 2015, which has significant implications for the UK electronic components supply network. ecsn Chairman Adam Fletcher explains.
3rd March 2016

UK distribution faces zero growth in 2016

UK distribution faces zero growth in 2016
Uncertainty is the new norm. Presenting ecsn’s 2016 forecast for the UK component distribution market – it’s flat to put you out of your suspense – Aubrey Dunford, ecsn’s market analyst observed, “For the first time it has been difficult to get a consensus view from members – some see good signs, some are more pessimistic.”
4th December 2015

Components industry annual get together goes from strength to strength

Business association the Electronic Components Supply Network (ECSN) has announced details of this year’s annual industry get-together. Kindly sponsored by Mouser Electronics, the 2015 UK Electronic Components Industry Dinner will be held in the Holiday Inn Hotel, Brighton Seafront on the evening of Thursday 8th October, 2015.
23rd July 2015


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