August 3, 2022 ECIA Newsletter

Executive Conference

ECIA Executive Conference Digital Brochure is Now Available!  

The ECIA Executive Conference is a senior management level conference for the electronics industry's leading companies - representing the entire supply chain.  

We look forward to hosting an in person event at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel, October 23-25. 

View the Executive Conference Digital Brochure for more information on the speakers, the schedule, sponsors and more.

Register to attend here. 

Dean Kamen Will Open ECIA 2022 Executive Conference  

ECIA is pleased to announce Dean Kamen as the opening speaker for the 2022 Executive Conference, ‘Bucking Normal – the Resilience Thrive on Disruption.’ 
Mr. Kamen will address the skilled labor shortage, one of the most pressing challenges facing the industry, with his presentation, How to Get Involved to Recruit & Retain Future Employees & Customers. He will explain his FIRST® Robotics Competition, a proven program to inspire the next generation of STEM workers. This session is sponsored by Digi-Key Electronics and ROHM Semiconductor. 

Read the full press release. 

ECIA Welcomes New Members 

ECIA is pleased to announce that CIT Relay and Switch, an industry leading manufacturer of RoHS compliant electromechanical relays & switches, and Phoenix Mecano, a global leader in the enclosure and industrial component segments, have joined the Association. Both companies fall into the electronic component manufacturers category of the three groups that comprise the organization. 

Read the full press release.

ECIA Research and Analysis

New Reports Available:

  • North American Electronic Component Monthly Sales Trends (ECST-MNTH) Report– July 2022
  • Semiconductor Sales by Region & World Total (WSTS Bluebook) – June 2022
  • World and Regional Semiconductor Data by Product Categories (WSTS Bluebook) - June 2022
  • North American Sales & Bookings of Carbon & Metal Film Resistors – Q2 2022
  • North America Weekly IP&E Components Index – Week 29

Visit the stats and insights page for information on these reports. 


Member of the Week 

ECIA is pleased to honor Kensington Electronics as our Member of the Week!

In 1989 husband and wife team, John and Doris Rabbitt, having recognized the need for an electromechanical distributor that operated with integrity and focused on customer service, founded Kensington Electronics, Inc., (KEI) in Orange County, California. Along with their three sons and a growing team of industry professionals, KEI began adding new lines to better serve the evolving telecommunications, military, medical and computer peripheral markets. After John Rabbitt's passing in 2003, KEI relocated to Austin, Texas, and has since become among the fastest-growing nationwide distributors of electronic components.

Over the last three decades, Kensington has evolved into a connector and electromechanical component specialist serving over 6,500 customers in the military-aerospace, industrial, solar, medical, telecom and automotive sectors with a level of service rarely seen in the industry. “Our sales team takes pride in being the most knowledgeable and responsive in the distribution industry.  Kensington’s dedicated sales representatives have the expertise to be full-cycle partners with our customers. We’re technical advisors during the design phase and skilled at implementing tailored supply-chain solutions during production” says Michael Henderson, National Sales Manager. In the last few years, KEI has added a custom cable-assembly shop to the business model. “We were hearing from our customers that there were not custom overmolding shops willing to help design and quote low-volume, high mix cable opportunities. With our focus always on customer service, we felt we were the best company to fill that void in the market”, says Sean Donovan, Vice President. The foundation of their success continues to be the team of experienced professionals carrying on the KEI philosophy, a multi-million-dollar inventory of high reliability electronics, and a modern distribution facility. 

“I’m proud of our team and what we’ve accomplished over the years. One thing I’m most proud of is that our organization stays true to our core values and ethics at all times, which includes staying family-owned. We do not answer to stakeholders or large parent corporations, we operate as we always have by answering these 3  questions; what is fair to our employees, what is right for our customers, and what we can provide to our Manufacturers. In a time where many distribution companies are owned by the top several distributors in the country, we continue to prove why there is a need in the market for a distributor of our size with our qualities," Casey Cavender, CFO.

KEI has been an ECIA member for more than seven years. ECIA is grateful for the years of support.


 Contact Info:

Electronic Components Industry Association
310 Maxwell Road, Suite 200, Alpharetta, GA 30009