Top 10 Electronics Distributors 2012

Each year, Penton Media’s Electronics Group publishes a list of the 50 largest electronics distributors in North America. And here, we showcase the biggest of the big—our Top 10 Distributors. These companies are leaders in the electronics supply chain, serving design engineers and purchasing managers in a wide range of end markets around the world.

Penton’s electronics groupstaff begins the Top 50 Distributors survey each February, contacting more than 500 North American electronics distributor locations via e-mail. Throughout February and March, the staff narrows the online submission forms to 100, ranking each company based on total sales volume and ensuring that each had a major presence in the North American electronic components distribution market. From there, the list is narrowed to 50 top firms.

Each company in our list is ranked according to its total global sales volume, and all figures are reported in U.S. dollars. We use self-reported data from each company and verify the information against annual reports and earnings statements, where possible, as well as in follow-up interviews with some of the companies at the top of the list.

Our goal is to provide a comprehensive list of the largest electronic components distributors doing business in North America. We welcome your input as we develop next year’s report. Send your questions or comments to


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