Farnell element14 achieves Phoenix Contact award for its exceptional performance in 2016


Farnell element14, The Development Distributor, has been named Phoenix Contact’s ‘UK Distribution Partner of the Year’ for Device Connections for outstanding sales growth and marketing activities based around new product introductions in 2016.

Peter Birks, European Business President, Sales and Marketing, Premier Farnell said:

“We are delighted to have been named Phoenix Contact’s UK distribution partner of the year for 2016. We have added more than 400 new product lines to our portfolio from the device connections ranges in 2016 including the SKEDD range and the RPI-BC enclosure for Raspberry Pi single board computer. In total we stock over 4,000 Phoenix Contact parts in EMEA.”

Colin Green, UK General Manager for Phoenix Contact stated:

“The award reflects the commitment and dedication shown by Farnell element14 towards Phoenix Contact and their continued efforts to actively promote and stock all of our newest device connections products in line with their market launch”

Last month, Farnell element14 was first to stock the new one piece SKEDD double row SDDC product range, further expanding its stock of highly innovative SKEDD direct PCB connection products.


Notes to Editors

Photo caption: L-R Colin Green, General Manager, Phoenix Contact UK and Peter Birks, European Business President, Sales and Marketing, Farnell element14


About us

Farnell element14 is part of the Premier Farnell group of businesses, a global technology leader with over 80 years in the high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, production, maintenance and repair. Premier Farnell uses this experience to support its broad customer base, from hobbyists to engineers, maintenance engineers and buyers as ‘The Development Distributor’, working with leading brands and start-ups to develop new products for market, and supporting the industry as it seeks to develop the current and next generation of engineers.

Premier Farnell focuses its offering around four core customer journeys:

  • Education to Maker – Premier Farnell is an official manufacturer of two of the most popular Maker Boards, Raspberry Pi and Beaglebone Black, and exclusive manufacturer of educational programming boards such as the BBC micro:bit and Codebug. Customers are supported through, the largest online engineering and maker community, also providing support to educators and parents through its new STEM space.

  • Research and Design Services - Premier Farnell is the No.1 for Development Kits, having worked with the world’s leading Semiconductor companies to design and manufacture their latest development boards in house. A deep understanding and design knowledge of the latest Semiconductor Devices available also supports Premier Farnell’s broader design assistance offering, providing a similar service to customers of all sizes who are seeking additional engineering support.

  • Design through to Production – Premier Farnell provides an entire solution for design to manufacturing customers, with the broadest range of Semiconductor and Passive inventory available, a world class line card, same day despatch, a strong board level Interconnect proposition and growing Electromechanical proposition. In addition, it has the technical support capabilities to meet all customers’ needs, from simple cross-reference to complex design.

  • Bench to Board – Premier Farnell offers one of the industry’s broadest ranges of Test & Measurement equipment and a leading line card for all Tool & Production supplies supporting customers from the testing of initial designs to delivering essential maintenance activity to keep their operations running.

Premier Farnell is a business unit of Avnet Electronics Marketing, the components operating group of Avnet, Inc., (NYSE:AVT). Premier Farnell trades as Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America, and element14 throughout Asia Pacific. The Premier Farnell Group is supported by a global supply chain of more than 3,500 suppliers and has an extensive inventory profile developed to anticipate and meet the needs of innovative customers everywhere.

Key facts:

  • Operations in 38 countries and 43 local language transactional websites

  • More than 3,500 leading suppliers

  • More than 650,000 products stocked with access to over four million more on demand

  • More than 440,000 members of the element14 community

  • Leaders in providing information on REACH, Conflict Minerals and EU RoHS legislation

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