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June 2017 – Electronic Component Obsolescence

Published on: 30/06/2017

Buyers need to plan further ahead than ever before to combat electronic component obsolescence

Electronic Component Obsolescence   

The amount of obsolescence parts in the electronic components industry has increased dramatically over the past 15 years.

It is quite common for manufacturers to launch a product with a short lifecycle in comparison to the lifecycle of the equipment it is being used in, this is especially evident in the military, aerospace and medical industries.


Electronic Component Obsolescence

Over the last 15 years, the lifecycle of electronic components has decreased dramatically, it is now not unusual for parts to be discontinued after 12-18 months of introduction. The limited availability of parts makes it hard for buyers to forecast future requirements and liaise with their customers on repeat orders.

GD Rectifiers is one of the UK’s leading distributors for some of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers, including: IXYS, IXYS UK Westcode, SEMIKRON and EDI.

GD Rectifiers works closely with manufacturers to ensure customers are notified of any obsolescence parts as soon as possible. GD Rectifiers’ sales team provide obsolete alternatives by the same part manufacturer or they can also provide their own GD Rectifiers replacement part.

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