Egham, UK, 13 January 2016 – Future Electronics, founded in 1968 by company president Robert Miller and now a world-class leader and innovator in the distribution and marketing of electronics components, today announced that Panasonic has extended its franchise agreement to cover the entire Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, following the success of its existing North American franchise.
The new agreement with Panasonic Automotive and Industrial Systems, which is effective immediately, means that customers of Future Electronics can benefit from support for the company’s range of passive components, wireless modules and sensors via any of its branches in the EMEA region.
In addition, Future Electronics will extend to the Panasonic range of components its long-standing policy of holding the industry’s largest stocks of available-to-sell inventory. The broad choice of components stocked in Future Electronics’ EMEA Distribution Centre in Leipzig, Germany will enable OEMs almost anywhere in Europe to order production volumes of Panasonic products for next-day delivery.
Max Jakob, distribution director at Panasonic Automotive and Industrial Systems Europe, said the decision to extend the Panasonic franchise to Future Electronics (EMEA) had been easy to make because of the excellent support that users of Panasonic components had enjoyed from Future Electronics in North America since 2012.
He said: ‘We are confident that, in bringing Future Electronics on board in Europe, we have signed a distributor which can add value to our network. Panasonic believes that Future Electronics can support us in winning new customers and new business opportunities.
Ian Needham, Team Leader Key Accounts, Distribution Department, Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe GmbH & David Burns, Director of Marketing, Future Electronics Ltd.
Future Electronics’ new Panasonic franchise in EMEA adds to its already strong passive component offering, which includes products from manufacturers such as Vishay, AVX and Murata. Products in which Panasonic enjoys market-leading positions, such as its electrolytic capacitors and polymer aluminium capacitors, are expected to be especially popular with Future Electronics’ customers in the EMEA region.
Karim Khebere, corporate vice-president and managing director of Future Electronics (EMEA) also said that customers would benefit from the engineering expertise of its specialist connectivity and sensor sales divisions. He said: ‘Panasonic is a famous brand with a history of introducing breakthrough products. That’s why we are excited to have the opportunity to help our customers discover the latest products to emerge from the Panasonic research labs, including its unique Grid-EYE infra-red presence-detection sensors and its Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi®, ISM-band and NFC wireless modules.
The Grid-EYE sensor and PAN1740 Bluetooth wireless module are both featured in Panasonic’s Grid-EYE sensor evaluation kit, which also includes an Atmel SAM D21 microcontroller. The Grid-EYE sensor evaluation kit can be used as a stand-alone board or as part of an Arduino prototyping system. It is available free to qualified users of Future Electronics’ FTM Board Club, at www.my-boardclub.com.
About Future Electronics
Founded in 1968 by Robert Miller, Future Electronics is a worldwide leader in electronics components distribution, and is recognized as one of the most respected and innovative companies in the industry today. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada and operating in 42 countries around the world, Future Electronics has earned an impressive reputation for providing outstanding service and developing efficient, comprehensive global supply chain solutions.
The company’s success is largely built upon its commitment to maintain close business partnerships with suppliers and customers, coupled with the strength of its commercial and technical competencies through all stages of the design-production cycle.
Future Electronics is globally integrated, supported by one worldwide IT infrastructure which provides real time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of operations, sales and marketing worldwide.
Future Electronics boasts the most knowledgeable sales team and provides the most advanced engineering/design capabilities and technical solutions, award-winning customer service, best in class global trade compliance program, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world.
Offering the industry’s highest level of overall service, including customer-specific programs and processes, and worldwide e-commerce support, the company’s mission is always to Delight the Customer.
About Panasonic Automotive and Industrial Systems Company Europe
The formation of PAISEU brings together the formerly separate legal entities of Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe, Sanyo Components Europe, Panasonic Industrial Devices Sales Europe, and – as a subsidiary and still separate legal entity – Panasonic Electric Works (PEW) Europe.
PAISEU – including its subsidiary PEW – will create a business with more than 1,250 employees in Germany and several thousands in Europe. It follows the global Panasonic announcement in April 2013 of the creation of a global four-company structure operating under four distinct organizations: Automotive & Industrial Systems, Eco Solutions, Appliances and AVC Networks.
Through its Automotive and Industrial Systems Company, Panasonic is driving industrial innovation, synergies and automation with its extensive range of business partners. This includes striving to create a safer, more innovative and environmentally-friendly automotive industry. From entertainment systems to green energy solutions Panasonic’s advanced technology and expertise expands the possibilities of future car development.
The Automotive and Industrial Systems Company integrates manufacturing, sales and development of electronic components, electronic materials, semiconductors and storage devices. Central to this is to engage with major global industrial markets that demand specialized technologies in order to enhance their production processes. Additionally, the Company also provides manufacturing machines and factory solutions to build comprehensive production lines.
Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)