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September 2021 – Practical solutions to shorten lead times

Published on: 29/09/2021

GD Rectifiers offers numerous practical solutions to shorten lead times

Discrete semiconductor components by IXYS, collage of devices on a white background. Practical solutions to shorten lead times.

The raw materials used in the manufacture of many industrial automation, processing and HVAC products are experiencing a considerable surge in prices due to increased demand from the automotive industry, which has led to shortages in copper, engineered plastics and silicon-based products.

Coupled with supply and demand issues as a result of Covid-19 and Brexit, and limited component availability, several lead times are now exceeding 26+ weeks and in some cases 52 weeks.


GD Rectifiers’ Practical Solutions to Shorten Lead Times

1)   Flexible order options

GD Rectifiers offers numerous flexible purchasing solutions, including scheduled and call-off orders. GD Rectifiers offers a call-off service for customers that wish to get the best possible pricing and take the products over an agreed period of time, usually up to 12 months. A call-off order can be called-off by a customer at any point during the agreement, saving warehouse space.

We also work with customers on scheduled order agreements for those that want to stagger delivery over a 12-month period. We liaise with the factory to ensure we have the product on our shelves far ahead of the scheduled delivery dates. The flexibility of orders and the ability to manage stock fulfilment is one of the reasons why customers keep shopping with GD Rectifiers.


2)   Choose a distributor that maintains your Inventory

GD Rectifiers is proud to hold sufficient stock in their warehouse, we can offer buffer stock to customers for when demand and lead times unexpectedly increase.


3)   Partner with your distributor to manage stock efficiently

We work closely with our customers to manage their stock efficiently, we notify them when stock runs low or when they need to think about reordering. We encourage customers that have limited space in their warehouses to let us know so we can keep stock on our shelves for them which in turn allows us to track their component usage and prompt them when stock starts to run low.

We also monitor all customer usage and notify customers when their products are affected by obsolescence, price increases, lead times being pushed out, delivery delays, or phasing out/last time buys. It’s important for customers to work closely with their distributor to ensure stock is managed efficiently.


4)   Analyse demand and reassess inventory

At GD Rectifiers we are constantly encouraging customers to analyse their demand and notify us of any major changes to their usage – this can help us forward plan your product requirements and order more components if required, or if usage or heatsink or assembly build requirements start to low we can alleviate the pressure and plan in our own production time for some of our core builds.


5)   Technical expertise like no other

We pride ourselves on our technical expertise, we work with customers every step of the way to deliver the service you know and expect from GD Rectifiers. Our sales team and engineers have been with us since the beginning, we know you and your products inside out.

We partner with you to offer design, cost-saving, fast-time-to-market and flexible purchasing solutions. We also understand the importance on being realistic about the inventory you need. If you need to split delivery across two months instead of taking it one drop then let us know, we’re here to help and service you the best way we can.


Reasons to shop with GD Rectifiers 

  • Choose a scheduled or call-off order
  • Enjoy fixed pricing for up to 12 months
  • Keep stock on our shelves, ready to go for when you need it
  • Shop from over 170,000 components in stock
  • Looking for a component outside of our portfolio? We can quote the part you need or offer an alternative component
  • Shop all the power electronic components you need under one roof
  • Component obsolescence management and support
  • Contract manufacturing services available – CNC machining, Heatsink and Power Assembly production
  • Technical expertise from our product specialists
  • Virtual meetings available to discuss your requirements
  • Reduce your upfront costs with our flexible purchasing solutions


GD Rectifiers is a global manufacturer and distributor of products, services and solutions to commercial and industrial users of power electronic components. We are an authorised distributor for some of the world’s leading semiconductor brands including IXYS, Semikron and EDI. With over 55 years of industry experience, GD Rectifiers designs and manufactures selenium and silicon rectifiers, suppressors, regulators, heatsinks and power assemblies.

GD Rectifiers also offer a repair or replacement service for faulty or aging semiconductor rectifiers, converters, inverters and regulators.


Need electronic components urgently and can’t accept a lead time of 26 weeks or more? Contact our sales team today to see how we could help you.

For further information on GD Rectifiers, or to discuss your requirements, please call: 01444 243 452 or email:


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