By Barbara Jorgensen
Three of the industry’s biggest distributors – Arrow Electronics Inc., Avnet Inc. and Electrocomponents plc – have withdrawn from the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA), marking an historic, structural change in the 9-year-old trade organization. A new group, the Global Electronics Distributor Association (GEDA), will be formed within the next 90 days, according to an Avnet spokeswoman.
Aligned with current global industry needs and opportunities, the spokeswoman added, GEDA will provide its members with a cost-effective membership focused on what is important to the electronics components distribution industry today.
ECIA was formed in 2010 through the merger of two industry groups: The National Electronics Distributors Association (NEDA) and the Electronic Components Association (ECA). NEDA — established in 1939 — was comprised of distributors; ECA represented component manufacturers. Arrow and Avnet have been NEDA/ECIA members for decades as have Electrocomponents’ Allied Electronics and RS Components brands.