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. 

From our CEO

ECIA Joint Council Fall Meeting a Success

The three ECIA councils (Distributor, Manufacturer and Independent Manufacturer Representative) met in Savannah last week, September 11-13, for our semi-annual Joint Council Session.  Some new council and board positions were decided, including the addition of new board members:

Karim Yasmine, Corporate Vice President, Strategic Supplier Development of Future Electronics

Chris Wadsworth, General Manager of Carlton-Bates

Mark Shiring, President & CEO of ebm-papst

The meetings included sessions where each council met individually to discuss key agenda items, as well as cross functional and joint sessions to address industry-wide issues and share updates from the councils and the association staff.  We went into detail on some of the ongoing work of the Global Industry Practices Committee (GIPC). We also received a third quarter economic update, live via streaming, from the National Association of Manufacturer’s Chief Economist, Chad Moutrey.

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From Our Members

Introducing the New Nimble ECIA
Jeff Thomson, ON Semiconductor

It has been my honor to serve on the ECIA Board since 2013, and I am delighted with the new and improved governing structure that was put in place this past year. As VP of global channel sales for ON Semiconductor, I see the value of this Association every day, and the new structure has enhanced that value by a very large multiple. When I became Chair, it was clear that the Board was not functioning optimally because there were too many people with differing agendas. It was difficult to get things done because the process for prioritizing was often chaotic. Establishing the Council level - where each constituency has a forum to discuss and decide which priorities to champion at the Board level - has resulted in a much nimbler organization.

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A World of Best Practices

The GIPC and their subject matter expert groups (SMEG) work closely to identify common industry issues and work together to find solutions that benefit the electronic component supply channel. Some areas that are currently being worked on are, eliminating human touch points when providing manufacturers Certificate of Compliance, documenting best practice examples for the handling and processing of tariffs and looking ahead to the day when we manage through the removal of tariffs.

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From Our Service Partners

How a great employee referral program can help you promote your employer brand
Carla Mahrt, JJM Search

It’s no secret: Employee referral programs can greatly help your organization find and hire top talent. After all, where best to find potential new employees than by tapping into current workers, who share your firm’s values and who are already helping you run a successful business? “Employee referral programs can be an effective way to hire talented people, and they can also be invaluable in the current talent acquisition environment, in which open jobs outnumber qualified candidates,” according to SHRM.

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Industry Analytics

The Big Risks to Technology Growth

“Defense Against the Dark Arts” Grows in Importance
Dale Ford, Chief Analyst

After exploring the “Next Big Thing” expected to drive future growth in the electronics industry – the technology triumvirate of 5G, IoT and the Cloud – it is appropriate to consider the forces that present the most significant risks to the exciting future envisioned for technology and electronics. Success in combating the risks presented by “dark forces” around the world will require an aggressive defense and offense on multiple levels and multiple fronts ranging from corporations and governments to individual employees and consumers. To develop an effective strategy that will protect the health of the electronics industry it is necessary to identify the key areas of risk facing the global technology economy. 

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2019 ECIA Executive Conference

Vision 2020: Leading with Clarity

The one essential qualification for all great leaders is a clear and compelling vision of the future. As we set our sights on the next decade, the 2019 ECIA Executive Conference program is designed to illuminate industry challenges and enable leaders to successfully guide their organizations into the 2020s.

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