February 27, 2024 /SemiMedia/ -- According to reports, Arrow Electronics, Avnet Corporation and RS Group dissolved GEDA and recently rejoined the ECIA association.

ECIA was formed in 2010 from the merger of two industry groups: the National Electronics Distributors Association (NEDA) and the Electronic Components Association (ECA). NEDA was founded in 1939 and consists of distributors; ECA stands for component manufacturers. Arrow, Avnet and RS have been NEDA/ECIA members for decades until 2019.

Arrow, Avnet Inc. and RS Group withdrew from ECIA in 2019 and formed the Global Electronics Distributors Association (GEDA). GEDA was intended to be a more distributor-centric organization than ECIA which has many supplier members. However, According to opencorporates, GEDA filed for dissolution of a non-profit corporation in August 2023.

“This is very welcome news for our members and our mission to bring efficiencies to the electronic components supply chain,” ECIA CEO and president David Loftus commented. “ECIA is the only association that brings all the channel partners together to address global supply chain challenges. Arrow Electronics has invaluable expertise and influence, and we look forward to integrating their team into our councils and committees.”

“Distribution within the electronic components industry plays an important role in the development, support and management of a large customer base. Arrow understands the importance of engineering and supply chain to this customer base that we develop and the technology supplier set we serve,” said Aiden Mitchell, senior vice president, supplier marketing, at Arrow. “We are pleased to join ECIA to promote the value of the authorized component channel.”