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November 10, 2023

German components distribution market in Q3/2023

German component distribution expects consolidation after 3 years of rapid growth - Third quarter of 2023 brings slight decline in sales and weaker order situation for German component distribution (according to FBDi e.V.)

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September 14, 2023

Comment: Is the turn of an era secondary?

Germany and the entire EU are heavily dependent on other countries for raw materials. The only chance is to get used to the natural circular model of the economy again - this is exactly where new perspectives lie - especially for those who are not too shy to think about re-use, recycle, and regenerative as a value.

Andreas Falke, Managing Director of the FBDi Association, points out in his commentary which advantages are associated with this.


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August 08, 2023

German components distribution market in Q2/2023

For the German components’ distribution (according to FBDi e.V.), the second quarter 2023 shows a mixed picture in terms of sales and a significant decline in incoming orders (bookings).

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May 11, 2023

German components distribution market in Q1/2023

First quarter of 2023 ends with further record sales for German components distribution (according to FBDi e.V.). Joy clouded by a slowdown in orders.

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February 07, 2023

German components distribution market in Q4/2022

Fourth quarter sees high sales of electronic components (according to FBDi e.V.) and weaker order situation. Consolidation likely in 2023.

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December 29, 2022

ElektroG3 changes as of January 1, 2023

Flexibility is the focus of the new ElektroG3, which came into force at the beginning of 2022. It is based on a national law initiative, which allows an addition of further changes on EU level, so necessary. The FBDi Verband reminds of some transitional arrangements that will apply from January 1, 2023.

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November 07, 2022

German components distribution market in Q3/2022

While incoming orders continue to normalize, sales of components distributors (according to FBDi e.V.) benefit from a strong summer quarter with 44% growth. Inflation and the weak euro contribute to surge.


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August 10, 2022

German components distribution market in Q2/2022

43% increase in turnover and still high incoming orders characterise the second quarter of the German components distribution (according to FBDi e.V.). 


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July 11, 2022

EU battery regulation on the finish line

With a large majority, the EU Parliament adopted the Council position on the new EU Battery Regulation, which is to replace the previous EU Battery Directive of 2006. The regulation is intended to ensure a more sustainable use of batteries throughout the EU and for the first time focuses on the entire life cycle of batteries.

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May 11, 2022

German components distribution market in Q1/2022

Continuing shortage and price increases from manufacturers provide again more than 50% sales growth for German components distribution (according to FBDi e.V.). Order situation is relaxing slightly.

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March 10, 2022

New battery regulation BattVO still in approval

The new Battery Regulation (BattVO) planned for 1.1.2022, which will apply directly to all EU member states, is still in the voting process, will probably finalizedin the first half of 2022. Until then the BattG2 Act on the placing on the market, return and environment-friendly disposal of batteries and accumulators (Battery Act 2), which came into force on 1.1.2021, still remains valid. Read here about obligations.

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February 16, 2022

REACh - Four additional SVHCs on candidate list

With the addition of four substances in January, ECHA's REACh candidate list now includes 223 SVHCs (substances of very high concern) that are candidates for authorization.

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February 03, 2022

German components distribution market in Q4/2021

Extreme shortage continues to drive disproportionate growth in German components distribution (according to FBDi e.V.). Sales increase by almost 50%, incoming orders rise by 103%.  

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December 01, 2021

RoHS: EN IEC 63000:2018 replaces EN 50581:2012

Since 18.11.2021 the harmonized standard EN IEC 63000:2018 replaces the European standard DIN EN 50581:2012 and supports the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (with exemptions). This aims to address various applicable restricted substances regulation worldwide while ensuring the same approach from manufacturers everywhere. The new standard also updates the normative reference in EN 50581:2012.

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November 11, 2021

German Distribution market in Q3/2021

German components distribution (according to FBDi e.V.) grows by 25.2% in Q3 2021. Bookings reach +135%. Industry and customers still concerned about component shortage.

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August 13, 2021

German Distribution market in Q2/2021

German components distribution (according to FBDi e.V.) reports a 17.5% increase in sales and anincrease in incoming orders of 132% in the second quarter of 2021. Components shortage prevents better result.

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August 10, 2021

REACh: Now 219 SVHCs on ECHAs Candidate List

As of July, the REACh candidate list now comprises 219 SVHCs or 'Substances of Very High Concern' with regard to human health or the environment. The FBDi association expressly points out: Companies must comply with legal obligations and ensure the safe use of these chemicals.

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July 08, 2021

Effective date 16.7.2021: Market Surveillance Regulation

On 16 July 2021 the time has come - then the new 'Market Surveillance Regulation' comes into force. This means that only those products may be placed on the market that are safe and comply with the European regulations concerning product design, i.e. that are EU-compliant. There is the possibility of drastic measures for market players who continue to distribute unsafe products.  

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June 17, 2021

Distribution and 'Mittelstand'

As with distribution, the best fit is important in the 'Mittelstand' consisting of SMEs, where the partners react flexibly to every need and coordinate the business model individually - provided there is mutual trust.

By 2025, the European market for electronic components is forecast to have a volume of about 33.4 billion euros. Considering that the distribution - the majority of whose members belong to small and medium-sized enterprises - occupies one third of this, strong partnerships should really gain more weight, says Andreas Falke, Managing Director of the FBDi Association.

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May 14, 2021

German Distribution market in Q1/2021

German components distribution (according to FBDi e.V.) records almost 50% increase in order intake in the first quarter of 2021. Sales still slightly down at -6.1%.  Components shortage prevents better result.

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April 14, 2021

AL-Elektronik Distribution relies on FBDi association

Distributors who despair of REACh and RoHS, SCIP, ECO design, waste and PoP or 8D reports are in good hands with the FBDi association - especially now, when COVID-19 makes day-to-day business more complex, good advice is often needed. This is exactly why AL-Elektronik Distribution GmbH now also relies on the FBDi platform.

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March 02, 2021

David vs. Goliath

Europe's share of the global electronics market may be declining, but Europe still plays a role as a source of ideas and innovation - people still (!) look to Europe for development and patents ....and how important is distribution for the supply chain?

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February 15, 2021

German Distribution market in Q4/2020

German distribution of components (according to FBDi e.V.) increases order intake by 23% in the fourth quarter. Sales down "only" by 8.1%. Full year 2020 shows deep COVID-19 traces.

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January 15, 2021

SCIP Database: Added Value or Extra Work?

Manufacturers who deliver into EU countries, need to watch out - Since January 5, entries in the new EU database SCIP for SVHC substances are mandatory. The following applies to imports into Germany: In the absence of an implementing regulation from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, however, there is currently a lack of clarity about 'mandatory' and 'optional' with regard to the data queried.

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November 19, 2020

German Distribution market in Q3/2020

German Component Distribution (according to FBDi e.V.) shrinks by 11.9% in the third quarter. Orders decline by 8%. Slight sequential recovery, but no massive signs of improvement.

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September 17, 2020

FBDi Compass reissued as a web model

The FBDi Environmental and Compliance Compass ('FBDi Compass') is now live as an updated and easy-to-use web tool. By bundling the expertise of the Competence Team Environment&Compliance, it offers valuable support for companies in all industries along the supply chain in handling EU regulations.

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August 24, 2020

German Distribution market in Q2/2020

German Component Distribution (according to FBDi association) shrinks by 22% in the second quarter. Orders fall by 13%. Hope for recovery at the end of the year. FBDi urges politicians to drive  innovation boom.

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July 31, 2020

REACh: Now 209 SVHCs - SCIP Database

Since 25 June 2020, the SVHC (substances of very high concern) candidate list of ECHA (European Chemicals Agency), in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006, now includes 209 substances. As a novelty, as things stand today - manufacturers and processors of the substances are obliged to notify products containing SVHCs in ECHA's SCIP database from January 2021 onwards, if they manufacture them within the EU or import them into the EU.

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July 06, 2020

Europe-wide ban on PFOA since 4 July 2020

On 4 July, PFOA - perfluorooctanoic acid, its salts and precursor compounds - was included in the POP (Persistent Organic Pollutants) Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 and at the same time also came into force in the REACh Regulation (Annex XVII, entry 68). FBDi association points out, that both regulations apply to PFOA with immediate effect.

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May 28, 2020

FBDi: SCIP Database called into question ...

In connection with the revised Waste Framework Directive the EU has commissioned ECHA to create a SCIP (Substances of Concern in Products) database, which will be mandatory from 5.1.2021 onwards for companies manufacturing articles containing SVHCs. But, FBDi sees its introduction as both critical and questionable, and other associations such as Bitcom, VDMA and ZWEI also rate it as critical and exaggerated.

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May 18, 2020

FBDi: German Distribution market in Q1/2020

German distribution of electronic components (according to FBDi e.V.) continues to decline in the first quarter of 2020. Order situation improves slightly, at a low level. FBDi calls for future-oriented course-setting and investments in infrastructure.

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May 05, 2020

FBDi welcomes RECOM as new Supporting Member

As a new supporting member in the FBDi association, RECOM, manufacturer of power supply converters, promotes the increased communication between distributors and manufacturers. The exchange opens up additional perspectives for both sides and thus creates new aspects and approaches for the daily business and for the further development of the distribution landscape - a particularly valuable advantage in times like these.

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April 14, 2020

New qualified FBDi Guideline

The FBDi (Fachverband Bauelemente Distribution e.V.) presents a new guideline on the subject of 'Product Analyses and 8D-Report'. This qualified action guide is now available for download in German and English.  

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March 02, 2020

MEDI Kabel new member of FBDi Association

Since the beginning of the year the distributor MEDI Kabel GmbH is relying on the platform of the FBDi Association. By the membership the company can always be up to date and cope with legal environmental regulations.

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February 17, 2020

FBDi: German Distribution market in Q4/2019

German component distribution (according to FBDi e.V.) shrinks by 20% in the fourth quarter of 2019. Order situation weak.

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January 14, 2020

German Angst

Are you struggling with 'German Angst'? According to the Managing Director of FBDi this always happens when things are going well for us. But, there is no need for German Angst - and not at all for electronics.

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