America II Electronic has signed a franchise distribution agreement with PanJit Semiconductor, a supplier of chips used in personal computers, mobile phones and industrial equipment.
Under terms of the agreement, America II will have distribution rights in North and South America to PanJit’s product portfolio, including MOSFETs, small signals, rectifiers, and zener and Schottky diodes in North and South America.
Brian Ellison, president of America II, said that supply chain development was a focus for America II as "we concentrate on new strategic lines that bring value to our customers." He added that Panjit’s products are a strong addition to America II’s line card.
“America II is here to support our customers’ long-term needs, and our relationship with PanJit confirms our commitment to bringing them the best solutions,” Ellison said.
Chris Holly, director of semiconductor sales at PanJit Americas, said Panjit is trying to drive awareness of the PanJit brand to as many OEMs as possible, while expanding into new regions and growing market share. PanJit is headquartered in Taiwan.
"As one of the world’s largest distributors, America II is a leader in demand creation," Holly said. "We believe their extensive sales and marketing coverage in the Americas will help us achieve our goals, and we look forward to a mutually successful relationship with them."
America II has been an independent distributor for years, but is increasing its number of franchise product lines. It has authorized distribution agreements with about 25 component manufacturers. In addition, it has “direct relationships” with nearly 200 manufacturers, according to a spokesman for the company. In those cases, there is not a formal authorized agreement in place, but America II buys directly from those manufacturers.
America II says it is increasing its number of franchises lines and its goal for the year is to add 60-70 new lines.
The distributor has 4 billion components in stock at its St. Petersburg, Fla. distribution facility. It is one of the largest inventories of semiconductors, passives, electromechanical and specialty products.
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