Electronic Industry Associations Announce Merger
May 10, 2010 05:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time
LAS VEGAS--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The National Electronics Distributors Association (NEDA) and
the Electronic Components Association (ECA) have announced an agreement to merge. A merger transition team
has been created to finalize details. Pending completion of the due diligence process, the new association, to be
named the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA), will commence operation in January 2011.
The mission of the new association will be to promote and improve the business environment for the authorized sales
of electronic components. The merger will enable the industry to speak with one voice for the manufacturers and
distributors of electronic components on issues of critical importance to the authorized channel. The combined
membership, resources and leadership will incorporate the necessary elements to provide enhanced member benefits
and services while reducing duplication of efforts and decreasing costs.
“NEDA and ECA have been united with respect to their fight against counterfeit product and in support of the
authorized channel,” said Robin B. Gray, Jr., NEDA Executive Vice President. “It makes good business sense to
combine our efforts for maximum effectiveness.”
ECIA is expected to become the premier association in the electronics industry, championing best manufacturing
practices, standards, industry advocacy and industry statistics. ECA and NEDA will continue to manage unique
programs and services for each association’s constituencies prior to full integration into the new association.
“Our associations have worked together on past events that have proven to be highly beneficial to our combined
memberships,” said Bob Willis, ECA President. “ECIA will extend cooperative efforts of ECA and NEDA into
year-round programs that will enable our members to weather change, exploit new technologies, and create a better
environment for business success.”