Front End | News Electronics Industry Awards 2020: Virtually the same

Save the date for the first virtual lectronics ndustry Awards  hursday 24 September 2020 A E

fter careful consideration, the organisers of the Electronics Industry Awards have made the difficult decision to not host a

physical event in 2020 but are excited to reveal the plans for the scheme’s first ever live-streamed awards ceremony. Launched by Datateam Business Media in association with CIE Magazine in 2018, the Electronics Industry Awards quickly established itself as a key event on the industry calendar – bringing together the very best people, products and businesses for an annual evening of celebration. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers have determined that it will not be viable to host a physical event while safeguarding all attendees and

staff in 2020. However, with this year’s results already set in stone, the organisers are keen to see those that have been selected as winners enjoy their hard-earned moment in the spotlight.

With that being said, the Electronics Industry Awards team are delighted to invite every single electronics industry professional to join them on Thursday 24 September for the scheme’s first ever digital awards ceremony – virtually the same. Event manager Harriet Campbell commented “This year we received an incredible number of high-calibre entries and industry professionals and our judging panel all committed time and expertise to determine the winners. While we are all of course disappointed that we can’t

gather in one room for our usual evening of celebration, we were determined that the individuals, products and businesses that you have selected as winners get the recognition they deserve.

“The electronics industry is always leading the pack when it comes to innovation, and this inspired us to find a way to host an event that honours the ethos of the scheme while safeguarding everyone involved.” Harriet continued “On behalf of myself and the entire Electronics Industry team, I am incredibly excited to invite every single industry professional to join us for our first live-streamed virtual awards on Thursday 24 September.” No pre-registration will be required for the event; those that wish to get involved are invited to simply log on to the Electronics

GD Rectifiers celebrates its 55th anniversary

lectronic components distributor GD Rectifiers, is celebrating servicing buyers, engineers and procurement specialists for 55 years.

Founded in 1964, GD Rectifiers is a pioneering distributor that continues to adapt to the evolving needs of engineers in order to drive innovation in the power electronics marketplace.

The company represents a global supplier base of more then 30 manufacturers from around the world, including IXYS, Semikron, Dynex, Bussmann, Enerdoor and KONČAR, specialising in semiconductors, circuit protection devices, passive components, electromagnetic solutions, traction converters and subsystems. GD Rectifiers also manufacture their own range of heatsinks,

power assemblies, high voltage diodes and selenium rectifiers.

GD Rectifiers boasts a niche product offering with specialisation in rail, medical, aerospace, automotive, electric vehicles, industrial and electronics markets. They have extensive experience in the rail industry and operate a full ISO 9001:2015 quality management system, follow BSI standards and have a RISQ accreditation. GD Rectifiers has extensive experience in collaborative R&D projects and are proud to work with some of the UK’s innovative power electronic companies to drive design and innovation forward. This R&D service helps drive GD Rectifiers forward as a cutting edge manufacturer embracing fundamental technologies that support product development

and contribute to next generation products throughout: renewable energy, embedded systems, smart metering and the rail industry. Speaking to CIE Magazine exclusively about the anniversary, Paul Bentley, managing director said, “Our aim is to make it easier for engineers, buyers and purchasing specialists to find the products they need which is why we make our technical support readily available. We’re a hands on distributor and offer a wide range of services to help make our customers’ buying experience as seamless as possible. We ensure our focus is on the things that matter most to our customers, which is why we offer over 170,000 components in stock at any one time, provide call-off orders with scheduled deliveries, dedicated account management and we offer the best possible prices.”

Industry Awards website from 3pm, sit back and enjoy the show! The event will kick off with a social wall which will feature the celebrations shared using the hashtag #ElectronicsIndustryAwards on Twitter, before the ceremony gets underway at 3:30pm. The organisers would also like to extend their thanks to this year’s incredible sponsors, whose continued support has been crucial in making the virtual awards a reality: Analog Devices, BWW Communications, Digi International, Intelliconnect, Lattice Semiconductor, Phoenix Contact, Napier and Neesham. For more information about the Electronics Industry Awards, visit www.electronicsindustry

“At GD Rectifiers we know sourcing electronic components can be time-consuming and stressful which is why we offer procurement solutions, securing customers with the right products, at the right price, at the right time, which frees up their time and enables them to focus on other elements of their role. We work closely on the needs of their business, creating convenient solutions for their desired performance, budget and application requirements.”

Arrow Electronics and Taoglas join forces to boost IoT and AI initiatives T

aoglas, a enabler of digital transformation using IoT, announced their collaboration with Arrow Electronics. This includes a new global distribution agreement focused on AI and IoT products and services. Taoglas will use Arrow’s sales and services organisation to expand their customer base, grow ecosystem partnerships, and improve supply chain services. “Our customers need both products and services to support the success of IoT projects. Taoglas’ portfolio of high-performance RF

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antennas and IoT solutions is a fantastic addition to Arrow’s broad product and services portfolio,” said Aiden Mitchell, vice president and general manager of global IoT solutions for Arrow Electronics. “Our customers will benefit from Taoglas’ reputation as a best-in-class, performance-driven technology provider.” Customers will have access to the Taoglas EDGE portfolio of next-generation IoT solutions and newly announced CROWD Insights to measure, monitor, predict, alert and notify based on volumes of devices connected to existing

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infrastructure. Taoglas and Arrow’s global distribution agreement provides customers streamlined access to Taoglas’ extensive portfolio of antenna and RF design offerings. “We are delighted to establish our partnership with Arrow, a leading solutions

provider with one of the world’s largest technology ecosystems,” said Dermot O’Shea, co-CEO of Taoglas. “By working with Arrow, we can offer even more unrivalled engineering, sales and customer support globally. As the IoT ecosystem continues to mature and grow, the opportunities for projects that need to be designed, built, deployed, and managed increases exponentially. It also means that providers with the quickest and most effective execution capabilities will offer the most value to the end customer.”

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