United Business Media Ltd. , the parent company of EBN and EE Times, has been tracking the global electronics component distribution market for decades, offering insights into the sales and operating performance of this crucial segment of the industry to enable OEMs, contract manufacturers, and component makers better understand the evolving dynamics of the market.
As part of this annual assessment, we publish a ranking of the Top Global Component Distributors online (both EBN and EE Times) and in the print issue of EE Times. (Click here for the 2010 Top 25 Global Distributors ranking.) This year's listing will be published in May for distribution at the National Electronic Distribution Association's annual Convention in Las Vegas. The show, dubbed EDS, will take place this year from May 24 to 26 and is being held in conjunction with the Electronics Components Association, which has joined with NEDA to form the Electronic Components Industry Association.
In this year's package, we will be featuring articles on the role of distributors in the electronics design chain and exploring how the industry segment has evolved to take on additional responsibilities in response to customer demand. The introduction of value-added services -- including design, supply chain management, end-of-life information, and other engineering-related functions -- has helped components distributors remain relevant in the market and safeguard their operating margin as prices continued to decline across the board in the high-tech sector.
As part of our own service to the industry, we want to ensure the ranking is as comprehensive as possible and would appreciate any feedback that can help us achieve this goal. The Top Distributor ranking is based on verifiable sales, which we source directly from companies and also through public records for those enterprises that are publicly listed. In the case of private companies, we look to get third-party verification through auditors or via investment firms.
In addition to the ranking, we will also be compiling a list of all distributors globally. This list, which will be updated on a constant basis, will be available online on EBN to all our readers. So, even if your company's sales are not big enough to make the Top Distributor ranking, I want to encourage you to send details about your operations to EBN.
To participate in this year's Top Global Distributor ranking, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me directly at email@example.com.
Also next week, UBM will be sending out the questionnaire for the Annual Distributor Brand Preference Study, a benchmark report on how customers rate their distribution partners. This year's questionnaire, to be mailed out Wednesday, March 16, will feature questions on how design engineers, procurement professionals, and OEM/EMS executives rate the services they are getting from distributors in a wide range of product markets, including semiconductors, connectors and interconnects, power and passive components, and electromechanical devices.
In recent years, the study has been expanded to include a review of more recent service offerings from the distribution market, including Internet commerce, the use of social services, prototyping, supply chain, and logistics.