Mick Elliott

People & Places

Graham McBeth has retired from his position as President of Premier Farnell and he has been replaced by Chris Breslin, who was previously senior vice president for global products. He was announced as McBeth’s replacement at Avnet’s Investor Day event in New York City. Breslin will report to Pete Bartolotta, chief transformation officer at Avnet.


Overcoming the supply shortages affecting numerous electronic components, German distributors reported continued growth during the first quarter of 2018. For the period January to March 2018, the distribution companies organised under the Fachverband Bauelemente Distribution (FBDi e.V.) reported sales of 978m Euros – up 7% compared with Q1/2017.

Distribution Agreements

IQD Frequency Products has signed a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Electronics. Through this agreement, Digi-Key will distribute IQD’s frequency products worldwide. The IQD product line, available for immediate shipment from Digi-Key, comprises of quartz crystals, clocks oscillators, VCTCXOs, TCXOs, OCXOs, GPS Disciplined OCXOs, and Rubidium oscillators.


Mouser Electronics has been named Global High Service Distributor of the Year by HARTING of North America. “This award recognises Mouser’s outstanding overall performance in revenue growth, new customer growth, NPI introductions and marketing initiatives over the past year,” said Jon DeSouza, President and CEO of HARTING Americas.