Learn something new every day - largest component supplier

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OK,

Who here knows the name of the largest electronic component/assembly supplier in the world and which country they are based in? (I read this in a magazine so it must be true). The answer was quite a surprise to me because, to be honest, I'd never heard of them!

They supply components used in iPad, iPhone, Kindle, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 amongst others.

(if you don't know don't just Google - that'd just be cheating).

Cliff

EDIT: Ok I did just Google and Wikipedia confirms what I'd read (so it really really must be true if Wikipedia says so!).

 

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OK, what does "supplier" mean?

EE Times sez that Avnet is the largest electronics distributor; $16.6B in 2009.

The Wikipedia article isn't clear on the volumes, and what is an "electronic component" vs. manufacture/assembly of some of the products you mentioned.

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.

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Radio Shack? :)

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Don't hang your hat on expectations because this often leads to disappointment.

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I perhaps would have said Digikey, but I suppose not, given your surprise. Is it some Chinese outfit, then?

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Is it some Chinese outfit

Is this where we play the "getting warmer" game ;-)

It's in terms of revenue and this company had a revenue of $44.7bn in 2009. The next nearest to them in the same business was Flextronics with $21.78bn in 2009.

 

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I win - confirmed my first thought through Google. Not surprised given the international noise they got in the news regarding the need to install "anti-suicide nets" on their buildings to preserve their staff.

- Dean :twisted:

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regarding the need to install "anti-suicide nets" on their buildings

Well, I didn't know until Dean added that clue!

JC

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Dean,

Apart from the "substandard working conditions" had you ever heard of them in any other context?

Cliff

 

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Apart from the "substandard working conditions" had you ever heard of them in any other context?

Not really - the only reason I know about them is the HUGE amount of bad press they got last year, regarding the sub-standard working conditions, suicidal workers, etc.

The upshot of all the press coverage is that every article started out with "...who produce and assemble X for companies Y, Z, A, B, etc." so that's how I know how large they are.

- Dean :twisted:

Make Atmel Studio better with my free extensions. Open source and feedback welcome!

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clawson wrote:

It's in terms of revenue and this company had a revenue of $44.7bn in 2009. The next nearest to them in the same business was Flextronics with $21.78bn in 2009.

Yeah, that's quite big. :wink:

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anti-suicide nets

iPads?

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yes, I know it's too pathetic to be funny, but if you can't have a twisted sense of humor these days you might as well go ahead and eat that Big Mac)

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