Farnell provides on-the-ground sales support to customers in South Africa

New partnership with EBV Elektronik combines Farnell’s global portfolio of more than 950,000 products and first-class distribution service with enhanced on-the-ground sales support in South Africa


Farnell, an Avnet Company and global distributor of electronic components, products and solutions, has enhanced its service to customers in South Africa through a new partnership with sister company EBV Elektronik, an Avnet Company. Embedded system designers and engineers in South Africa can now access Farnell’s global online catalogue of more than 950,000 products direct from their local EBV sales contact. Local sales and technical support is offered by a team of representatives from both companies to simplify product selection and ordering processes.

Farnell’s product offering spans more than 2,000 leading suppliers and manufacturers including Micron, Panasonic, Raspberry Pi, TE Connectivity, Schneider Electric and Tektronix, with over 900 new products brought to market each week. Since July 2019, Farnell has added over 30 new suppliers, increased inventory by 25 per cent and added $150 million worth of stock. Global logistics operations have also been enhanced with investment in a new distribution centre in the United Kingdom which enables shipping to South Africa in three days.

Rob Rospedzihowski, President Sales EMEA, Farnell says: “This new partnership with EBV enables more customers than ever to access our market leading product offering, from semiconductors to single board computing, and test and measurement. We are already receiving very positive feedback from customers in South Africa on how the greatly increased product range available to them is better supporting their business needs.”

Farnell has also enhanced its website to offer customers multicurrency options. Customers can access Farnell’s entire global range online, including:

  • A market-leading portfolio of over 120,000 semiconductor lines from top suppliers such as Xilinx, Micron, STMicroelectronics and Microchip.
  • Significantly enhanced range of Interconnect, Passives and Electro-mechanical products to support industrial automation and Industrial IoT projects alongside addition of new suppliers such as Yageo and KOA.
  • SBC for industrial, hobbyist and educational use from over 100 brands including Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Beagleboard and BBC micro:bit.
  • Farnell has also invested $4 million in test and measurement with more than 4,000 products added.

Fast quotes for customised or not-in-stock products are now also available for South African customers. The content-rich website features a suite of industry-first online tools including Connector e-Guide and Soldering Tip Selector to help design engineers identify critical components much faster. Farnell’s IoT Hub and Embedded Hub also host an extensive range of free online resources, data sheets, application notes, videos, webinars and technical articles on Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things.

Farnell’s full global online catalogue is available from export.farnell.com. Customers can also contact their local Farnell or EBV representative for support.


Farnell Global is a fast and reliable distributor of products and technology for electronic and industrial system design, maintenance and repair.  From research and design through prototype to production, Farnell helps its customers access the products and services they need 24/7.  With more than 80 years of experience, 47 localised websites, and a dedicated team of over 3,500 employees, Farnell provides every component its customers need to build the technology of tomorrow.

Farnell Global trades as Farnell in Europe, Newark in North America, and element14 in Asia Pacific.  It also sells direct to consumers through its CPC business in the UK.

Farnell Global has been part of the established global technology distributor, Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT), since 2016. Today, this relationship allows the company to support its customers at every stage of the product life cycle, offering a truly unique distribution model, as well as expertise in end-to-end delivery and product design.

For more information, visit http://www.farnell.com/