In a filing in the US, Avnet announced that it would no longer be carrying parts from Texas Instruments. This includes Avnet subsidiaries Premier Farnell and Silica in the UK and EBV Elektronik in Germany.
"Due to the evolution of TI's strategy, TI plans to end its distribution relationship with the company by December 31, 2020," says Avnet. TI's products account for around 10 percent of Avnet's $19.5bn sales in 2019.
"Over the past several years, we have been evolving our distribution network to better align with our strategy to establish closer, more direct relationships with our customers," said a spokeperson for TI. "As we build these direct relationships, we won’t have as much business flowing through the distribution channel and will require fewer distributors." TI also uses Digi-Key, Mouser, Arrow Electronics, Eastronics and Compel as distributors in Europe.
"While Avnet and Texas Instruments (TI) have had a long-standing relationship, TI made changes to its distribution strategy and is moving toward selling directly to its customer base. As a result, Avnet and TI will be ending their distribution relationship by December 31, 2020. We respect TI’s decision and we will continue to work together through this transition," said a spokesperson for Avnet.