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Business Industry Guide: Electronic Components (as of Summer 2020): Company, Business, and Market Research

Researching the electronic components market? Use the resources in this guide!

Understanding the Industry and Learning about the Landscape of the Target Market

IBIS World will assist you in better understanding the industry this company is in along with the markets it supplies and is helpful with the following aspects of your research:

  • Situation/Market Analysis
  • Competitor Analysis (detailed market share)
  • Foreign Entry Potential
  • Distribution

Example: I am looking for background on the electronics industry in the United States.

  • Type electronics into the search box and click search
  • Check the boxes on the sidebar menu for United States and Industry Reports and scroll down until you see the related reports listed below:
    • Semiconductor & Circuit Manufacturing in the US
    • Circuit Board & Electronic Component Manufacturing in the US
    • US Electronics Part & Equipment Wholesaling in the US

Example: I am looking to understand the market for car electronics 

  • Type automobile into the search box and click search
  • Scroll down on the results page to locate the report Automobile Electronics Manufacturing in the US

S&P provides access to industry surveys from CFRA Research which give background into the following markets:

  • Energy 
  • Automobiles
  • Industrials

Example: I need a report on the Energy industry

  • Click on the Research tab on the top menu of the home page 
  • Type energy in the keyword box, click Search Headline Only, select Report Type>Industry Overview, select Date Range>All History and click Search 
  • Results are listed in column format  - find Energy Equipment & Services in the Headline column and view report by clicking the pdf icon on the far right 

Researching the Competition: Company Profiles, Articles & SWOT Analyses

Example: I need a Hoovers Company Report for Arrow Electronics

  • Under the heading What are you interested in? click the box for Company Info 
  • Type "Arrow Electronics, Inc." into the box
  • Select ... and Show Me > Company Profile
  • Click Search
  • On the resulting page, type "Hoovers" on the sidebar Search Within Results
  • Locate the Hoovers Company Report for "Arrow Electronics, Inc." Hoover's Company Records - In-depth Records

Example: I want to get a Company Dossier for Arrow Electronics for a compilation of many data points on Arrow Electronics

  • On the LexisNexis Uni homepage, click on the image icon for Business
  • Click on Find a Company in the section labeled Company Dossier
  • On the resulting page, type "Arrow Electronics" into the Company Name box and click Search
  • From the list, select Arrow Electronics, Inc (ARW)
  • Tip: Use the menu bar on the left to see news related to the company

Example: I need a SWOT analysis for Avnet Inc.

  • Type Avnet into the first box
  • Type swot into the second box and click search

Example: I need articles on Mouser Electronics distribution

  • Type Mouser Electronics into the first box
  • Type distrib* into the second box and click search

Use PrivCo to access a list of competitors based on a company or industry criteria and to obtain financial data for a private company.

Example: I need KPIs for 4 Star Electronics

  • Enter 4 Star Electronics in the search box after signing in to your account
  • Select 4 Star Electronics from the list
  • Locate the section for KPIs

Use Mergent to obtain the revenues for a company's different major business segments and to compare how a company stacks up financially the competitors.

Example: I want to know the revenue stream for Avnet, Inc.

  • Enter Avnet and select the company from the list
  • From the opening page that opens with Company Details, click on the Business Segments 
  • Locate the chart Business Analysis and select Years, Scale, and Currency