Avnet eyes return to European M&A scene
After taking a break to "digest" its latest acquisitions, American multispecialist Avnet could be set to get back on the M&A trail in Europe next year, with converged systems, security, and licensing renewals earmarked as key target areas. The firm has not made any buyouts in Europe for a year, since the acquisition of German embedded electronics specialist MSC. A voluntary hiatus as the distributor seemingly needed time to digest Magirus, the last major acquisition in the past seven or eight years. Now that is its ready to enter the M&A arena, Avnet may look to turn its focus towards different areas. The future deals are geared towards new competencies and higher-value market areas, such as onverged systems, security (on a pan-European basis, especially around Cisco and RSA), license renewals and services (source : Channelnomics EU).
Silica's Sharp plug-and-play LED module cuts cost, inventory and time-to-market for luminaire makers
Semiconductor specialist Silica now helps solid-state luminaire manufacturers reduce the cost and complexity of manufacturing high-performance LED lighting, minimise inventory and develop new products faster. Sharp Intermo LED modules, now in stock at Silica's offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom, simplify inventory by combining three LED lighting components in one: a chip-on-board (CoB) emitter, holder and thermal interface. Solderless assembly means plug-and-play simplicity: manufacturers simply attach the module to its heat sink by two screws and push-fit electrical connections. The integrated thermal interface material (TIM) eliminates adhesives and grease, cutting manufacturing time and creating a low thermal-resistance path from the module to the heat sink. Sharp's effective thermal management process then results in a module operating life of 50,000 hours.
Elmos signs distribution agreement with Silica
Semiconductor specialist Silica has signed a distribution agreement with mixed-signal specialist Elmos Semiconductor, authorising SILICA to sell and support their full range of Interface, Sensor, Power and Motor Control products across Europe through its offices in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
Avnet loses its President
American multispecialist Avnet has announced that Avnet Technology Solutions Global President Phil Gallagher intends to step down from his current role to focus on new career opportunities in line with his personal goals. Mr. Gallagher will stay in place until a successor is named and will assist in a collaborative transition. The company has initiated a search to replace him and expects to have a new leader in place by the end of the calendar year.
SILICA expands its Lighting team in Central Europa with Berkant Köprülügil
Semiconductor specialist SILICA has expanded its European Lighting team with another industry expert. Berkant Köprülügil becomes Business Manager Lighting, in charge of sales and business development strategy for Central Europe. He also takes over the management of the Lighting teams in DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and reports directly to Martin Bielesch, Regional Vice President of Sales Central Europe & Lighting. Prior to SILICA, Berkant Köprülügil was working for CREE Europe, among other things as Regional Sales Director LED held responsible for Turkey and South Africa.