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AA Manufacturing signs distribution deal Diotec

3rd April 2024
Harry Fowle

AA Manufacturing has signed a semiconductor franchise distribution deal with discretes producer, Diotec.

Alan Anderson (AA) Manufacturing has taken a unique step by building a portfolio of franchise agreements with suppliers of essential, commonly used components. The purpose of having such a franchise base is to protect customers from shortages in the supply chain. The first deal to be announced is with Diotec Semiconductor, a German producer of discretes including small signal diodes, rectifiers, triacs, MOSFETs and TVS components.

Says Sales Director, Michael Knight: “When the market suddenly experiences a large demand, say for AI processors, this has a knock-on effect as there is not enough capacity to make all types of semiconductors. Naturally, the large producers tend to focus their capabilities on the high-end products that have the biggest margin, resulting in some common parts becoming hard to find, and/or expensive. Yet to build a PCBA you need everything – expensive ARM-based processors and simple discrete diodes. Any missing part will cause production lines to cease, no matter how little the individual component costs. By building franchise relationships with key suppliers of simple, widely specified parts, we can ensure that our customers’ builds come in on time and on budget.”

Diotec has been established for over 50 years and holds ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. All devices are tested 100% at least twice for the main data sheet parameters prior to leaving the company’s factories which are based in Europe, China, and India.

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