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. 

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Message from the President

The ECIA Executive Conference is right around the corner. After so many cancellations and disruptions in the past 3 years, we could not be happier to meet with our industry peers again October 23-25 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel.  

Registrations are filling up quickly, but you can register today before the event is sold out. We have a great line-up of first class speakers with compelling topics that affect us all. Check out the schedule of events for more information. 

This year’s theme, “Bucking Normal: The Resilient Thrive Through Disruption” embraces the idea that we will NOT be returning to “normal” after several years of global disruption. Learning how to thrive through various challenges and disruptions is the “new normal.”   

Also, you have likely seen our recent updates on ECIA PACE, a basic training program for anyone new to the electronic components industry. This program is already proving successful since our public launch in May. We are grateful for the 50+ companies that generously donated to fund the development of the program.  

The PACE training program is an EXCLUSIVE members-only benefit. Join our growing list of members PACE’ing themselves through industry fundamentals training. Nearly 400 members are currently working on training, and we will be adding more courses by the end of the year. 

ECIA members with profiles on the ECIA website must log in to gain access to the courses. For others, create a profile on the ECIA website first, then access. For more information, please visit www.ecianow.org/PACE.

We hope you and your team members enjoy the training. 

David Loftus
President & CEO


North America Electronic Component Sales Sentiment Plunges to Lowest Level Since Covid Collapse - More than Two Years 

ECIA’s Electronic Component Sales Trend (ECST) August & Q3 2022 Survey Results

Dale Ford, Chief Analyst

The indices from the August 2022 and Q3 2022 Electronic Component Sales Trend Surveys (ECST) reveal expectations that go from bad to worse as the industry moves through the 2nd half of 2022. The overall index average slumped from 94.7 in July to 86.0 in August. The one relatively bright spot is the expected stabilization of market sentiment in September as the outlook calls for a level of 88.4. Measurements below the benchmark level of 100 indicate negative sales growth. Expectations for the Semiconductor market split significantly from the other markets. The index for Semiconductors remained stable between July and August and shows a surprising jump to 100 for the September outlook. Passives show the weakest results as the index comes in below 78 for August.  Expectations for Passives and Electro-Mechanical components in September are roughly equal above 82. 

Unfortunately, the picture from the quarterly perspective is even more bleak. The overall share of those expecting market growth collapsed from 50% in Q2 2022 to 33% in Q3 followed by average expectations of growth reported by only 24% of participants. On the other side, the percentage expecting a declining market worsens from 32% in Q3 to 37% in Q4.

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Participate in the ECST Survey now:

  • Monthly (Note – The monthly survey is open the first three weeks of the month.)
  • Quarterly (Note – The quarterly survey is open February, May, August and November.)

Member of the Week: 

We are pleased to announce BlockMaster as ECIA’s Member of the Week.

BlockMaster Electronics provides a range of innovative terminal blocks, high power blocks to PC board connectors, and termination connection solutions to electrical and electronic OEMs since 1994. 

A distinct competitive advantage that BlockMaster offers its customers includes the ability to make modifications in-house to its terminal blocks based on customer requirements. BlockMaster’s Value-added Center provides the ability to fabricate, modify and print legends on our blocks at our Illinois facility for quick turnaround.

BlockMaster Electronics manufactures terminal blocks from 1 to 380 amps, including PCB styles up to 150 amps and PCB screw terminals from 25 – 150 amps. They offer over 9,500 P/Ns including PCB, Feed-through and Power Distribution types, flange and safety cover options. BlockMaster’s Value-added Center can also provide quick turnaround on prototypes. 

BlockMaster has been an ECIA member for 7 years. ECIA is grateful for the years of support. 

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September 28 - Executive Conference Talent Session; Member Survey; Mobile App for Executive Conference; NC/NR Industry Practices Document; Member of the Week, BlockMaster



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Top 50 Worldwide Authorized Distributors - 2021

Global Distribution Achieves Exciting 2021 Growth
Updated Unique Research on the Top Worldwide Authorized Distributors

Dale Ford, Chief Analyst

This report is the first update to the true original “Top 50 Worldwide Authorized Distributors” research that was published for the first-time last year. According to the research presented in this article, Asia increased its share of the worldwide market of the Top 50 authorized distributors to 75% in 2021.  The Americas and EMEA distribution markets see their share of the worldwide market continue to shrink as they come in at 13.6% and 11.4% respectively.

Distributors experienced a break-out year as strong demand propelled growth in the market to new heights.  With Asia continuing in its primary driver role, the Top 50 Worldwide Authorized Distributors grew by an amazing 27.9% in 2021. By comparison, the Top 50 Authorized Americas Distributors grew by and impressive 21.9 % in Americas sales.  However, this same group of Top 50 Americas distributors combined to outperform overall worldwide sales growth with 30.3% growth in worldwide revenues. Total worldwide revenue for the Top 50 authorized distributors in 2021 grew to $188.1 B from $147.1 B in 2020. Only four out of the top 50 distributors failed to achieve revenue growth in 2021. 

Top 50 Worldwide Authorized Distributors - 2021

Celebrating 100 Years of the Authorized Channel 

With a nod to the industry’s start on Radio Row, it is the perfect time to celebrate 100 years of the Authorized Channel and its impact on the tech industry and society.

ECIA assisted with an e-book that recognizes the visionaries and founders of our industry, the companies that made a difference, technology, operational advancements, and the Association - which has helped spur the growth and value of the channel.

Visit the "100 Years of the Authorized Channel" Page


The Global Industry Practices Committee is working on a number of issues in 2022.

The Workplace Disruption work group is putting the final changes on its third document and should be publishing it by the end of August. This work group, made up of ten companies, has been working together to continue monitoring the challenges and changes in today’s workplace.

In April 2022, we kicked off the Cybersecurity and Fraud work group populated with Subject Matter Experts from various global companies. This team is working on their first deliverable centered around Risk Management and Ransomware Readiness and are currently completing multiple industry surveys.

Short term, there are teams revisiting two important topics: the first is exploring what we have learned over the past three years regarding the China Tariff process and what are the best and worst practices being used today. The second topic is NCNR (Non-cancellable, non-returnable) orders. ECIA published a guideline document in 2002 and this group will be reviewing it for updates and re-publishing.

The GIPC is also pursuing a consolidated/specific reporting process for global environmental regulations in the electronic component authorized channel. Filtering through the more than 70,000 regulations and standards in this space is a difficult and costly challenge. Plus, the Environmental Compliance SME group will continue updating and monitoring day to day changes and information.

For more information on GIPC activities, please contact Don Elario at [email protected]