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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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November 25, 2019

FBDi: German Distribution market in Q3/2019

German component distribution shrinks by 12.6% in third quarter 2019 (according to FBDi e.V.). Orders are declining.

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November 20, 2019

New rules for the transport of lithium batteries

As of January 1, 2020, there is new information obligations for the transport of lithium batteries, applying to manufacturers and all along the supply chain.

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October 28, 2019

REACh News: 201 SVHCs on Candidate List; Ban on Lead

The ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) candidate list now comprises 201 substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorization. And, the European Commission intends to limit the use of lead and lead compounds for the production of PVC products as well as the placing on the market of lead-containing PVC-products.

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October 07, 2019

'Extended' RoHS - two changes

The 'extended' RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU) entered into force on 22 July of this year. FBDi points out two changes to be taken into account: new substance restrictions and an open scope of application. 

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September 17, 2019

Neumüller Elektronik relies on FBDi

Neumüller Elektronik GmbH, a leading design-in distributor for electronic components and systems with over 65 years of industry experience, has joined the professional association of component distribution, FBDi.  

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August 28, 2019

FBDi: Distribution market in Q2/2019

Turnover of German Component Distribution (according FBDi association) decreased by 2% in 2nd quarter 2019. Order situation remains poor.

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August 07, 2019

FBDi: Templates for QA agreement

FBDi is underlining its position as solution-oriented association with neutral templates of a quality assurance agreement, ready for cost-free download in German and English language.  

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June 18, 2019

FBDi: Distribution market in Q1/2019

German component distribution market (according to FBDi e.V.) is up 4% in the first quarter of 2019. The order situation continues to weaken.

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May 09, 2019

Comment: Are we regulating ourselves to death?

Too many regulation orders are not beneficial to the business, neither in the distribution nor in other markets. In a critical comment the MD of FBDi association is dealing with this issue.

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April 17, 2019

Gudeco joins FBDi association

The advantages of a membership in FBDi association have convinced distributor Gudeco Elektronik Handelsgesellschaft mbH. FBDi offers a platform to discuss items among members, delivers meaningful market statistics and strengthens the positioning of the distributors along the value chain.

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March 20, 2019

FBDi welcomes menges electronic gmbh as new member

The distributor menges electronic concentrates on customer specific system solutions and full service for a greatest variety of products. Efficient partners and innovative product lines form the portfolio of the menges group.

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February 18, 2019

FBDi: Distribution market in Q4/2018

German component distribution market (according to FBDi e.V.) experienced solid growth in 2018. The order situation is slightly weakening. Slow return to normality for passive components.

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February 06, 2019

FBDi Chairman of the board joins IDEA Leadership Team

The International Distribution of Electronics Association (IDEA), an international federation of the local country electronic components industry associations is delighted to announce the appointment of Georg Steinberger, Chairman of the board of the FBDi association, as its new President, effective immediately.   

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November 22, 2018

Electronic Components Distribution Figures Q3/18

German component distribution (according to the FBDi e.V.) is experiencing solid growth. Orders remain significantly ahead of sales growth. Passives and power supplies are driving the market.

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November 19, 2018

New Member Karl Püplichhuisen KG

Püplichhuisen hast its core competence in the field of electrical connection technology. In addition to a broad product range in this sector, the distributor also has established its own cable assembly department and is selling the associated processing equipment for all domains of application.

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October 17, 2018

From January 1, 2019: New Packaging Act in Germany

The new German Packaging Act (VerpackG) will come into effect on 1 January 2019, replacing the current Packaging Ordinance (VerpackV). It substantiates product responsibility for packaging.

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October 10, 2018

FBDi: News regarding Wood Packaging Material

The Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/1137 regarding the “supervision, plant health checks and measures to be taken on wood packaging material” for the transport of commodities originating in certain third countries came into force on 1 October 2018.

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September 06, 2018

FBDi: News about German ElektroG

Since 15 August 2018 the open scope of application of ElektroG includes only 6 categories which replace the previously 10 device categories. FBDi association emphasizes that with this change additional electric and electronic devices might be subject to registration at Stiftung EAR (Elektro Altgeräte Register).

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August 24, 2018

Electronic Components Distribution Figures Q2/18

Stable growth and healthy order situation shape the German component distribution market (according to FBDi association) in the 2nd quarter 2018. Semiconductors weak, passive components strong.


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June 21, 2018

Electronic Components Distribution Figures Q1/18

Despite component shortages, the German component distribution market (according to FBDi e.V.) posted further growth during the first quarter of 2018. The order situation remains stable.

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May 07, 2018

Change in Management

On 1st May, Andreas Falke took over as Managing Director of the FBDi Association. He replaces Wolfram Ziehfuss, who has retired. The components distribution is not new to Andreas Falke, the new role marks a return to his roots.

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March 14, 2018

A call for action to the EU Commission

Where is the RE-D Guide for Distributors?

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March 05, 2018

Electronic Components Distribution Figures Q4/17

German Component Distribution Posts Double-Digit Growth - orders remain high

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December 19, 2017

New Regulations starting in 2018

The start of the new year will see the introduction of several new regulations and ordinances, which according to the FBDi, are also relevant to the distribution of electronic components: Mercury Regulation … End-of-Life Vehicles Ordinance … RoHS Exemptions

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December 18, 2017

Electronic Components Distribution Figures Q3/17

Growth in German component distribution continues unabated

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November 24, 2017

FBDi: First Japanese Distributor

FBDi Association goes international - with member companies from German and the US and now also from Japan.

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October 12, 2017

Legal Certainty - Quo Vadis?

Electronic Components Distribution Misses Clear Guidelines

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September 06, 2017

New German Radio Equipment Act (FuAG)

Companies, who export their goods to Germany should be aware that in Germany, the FuAG – the national implementation of Directive 2014/53/EU (RED – Radio Equipment Directive) is now in force. The FuAG includes important new regulations ...

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August 23, 2017

Electronic Components Distribution Figures Q2/17

German component distribution posts double-digit growth in Q2/17... risks remain...

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June 07, 2017

Electronic Components Distribution Figures Q1/2017

The German component distribution market starts the year on a positive note – with specks of clouds on the horizon...

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June 02, 2017

Spectre REACh Guide 4.0

Do electronic component distributors now need to create BOM-BOM-BOM lists?

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May 05, 2017

Convincing advantages of FBDi Association

The FBDi has successfully extended its position as the leading organisation for component distribution in Germany. 

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April 10, 2017

New IATA Regulations for the Shipping of Lithium Batteries

IATA has decided on more stringent labelling requirements since the beginning of 2017.

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March 08, 2017

German Electronics Components Distribution: Growth Mode in 2016

German electronic distribution market (according to FBDi association) grew by 0.2% in Q4/16. Full-year ended with 2.3% plus in turn-over. Order situation at record level.

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February 17, 2017

FBDi Environmental & Compliance Compass V2.7

The new edition of the FBDi Environmental and Compliance Compass is now available. By bundling the technical expertise of the Environment & Compliance Work Group, the FBDi Compass V2.7 offers valuable assistance to companies in all sectors spanning the entire supply chain regarding environmental directives relevant to the electronics industry.

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February 03, 2017

REACh: 4 new SVHCs added to Candidate List

Candidate List comprises 273 SVHCs now - FBDi association points out information obligation

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November 21, 2016

German electronic component distribution market in Q3/16

German Electronics Components Distribution shows slight decline in sales.

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October 26, 2016

FBDi: New work group 'Quality Management'

Exchange on Quality Management knowledge within the FBDi network

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October 13, 2016

FBDi: New EMC directive ready to launch in Germany

The new EMC Directive will soon be implemented in Germany as part of an amendment to the Electromagnetic Compatibility Act (EMVG).

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August 25, 2016

German electronic component distribution market grows by 5.6% in Q2/16

German electronic component distribution market grows by 5.6% in second quarter 2016 (according to FBDi e.V.). Balanced book-to-bill rate.

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August 18, 2016

FBDi 'Authorized Source' Seal of Approval

Enhanced Protection against Counterfeit and Fake Products!

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August 10, 2016

The FBDi Association has launched its new Webpage

New structure, new design – faster and more interactive!

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June 24, 2016

+++ FBDi Environment Ticker +++ FBDi Environment Ticker +++

EU Directive on Electromagnetic Fields – Changes as of 1 July 2016 – Implementation in national law.

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June 02, 2016

German Component Distribution Continues to Grow

According to FBDi (German Components Distribution Association), the German component distribution market has grown by 9.7% in Q1/2016. Balanced order situation.

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April 18, 2016

+++ FBDi Environment Ticker +++ FBDi Environment Ticker +++

Lithium Batteries as Freight in Air Transport - Changes since April 2016.

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March 09, 2016

+++ FBDi Environment Ticker +++ FBDi Environment Ticker +++

German Product Safety Act (ProdSG) – Focus on safety and health protection.

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