The new agreement with Panasonic Automotive and Industrial Systems, which is effective immediately, means that customers of Future Electronics can benefit from support for the company’s range of passive components, wireless modules and sensors via any of its branches in the EMEA region.

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In addition, Future Electronics will extend to the Panasonic range of components its long-standing policy of holding the industry’s largest stocks of available-to-sell inventory. The broad choice of components stocked in Future Electronics’ EMEA Distribution Centre in Leipzig, Germany will enable OEMs almost anywhere in Europe to order production volumes of Panasonic products for next-day delivery.

Max Jakob, distribution director at Panasonic Automotive and Industrial Systems Europe, said the decision to extend the Panasonic franchise to Future Electronics (EMEA) had been easy to make because of the excellent support that users of Panasonic components had enjoyed from Future Electronics in North America since 2012.

He said: ‘We are confident that, in bringing Future Electronics on board in Europe, we have signed a distributor which can add value to our network. Panasonic believes that Future Electronics can support us in winning new customers and new business opportunities.’

Future Electronics’ new Panasonic franchise in EMEA adds to its already strong passive component offering, which includes products from manufacturers such as Vishay, AVX and Murata. Products in which Panasonic enjoys market-leading positions, such as its electrolytic capacitors and polymer aluminium capacitors, are expected to be especially popular with Future Electronics’ customers in the EMEA region.

Karim Khebere, corporate vice-president and managing director of Future Electronics (EMEA) also said that customers would benefit from the engineering expertise of its specialist connectivity and sensor sales divisions. He said: ‘Panasonic is a famous brand with a history of introducing breakthrough products. That’s why we are excited to have the opportunity to help our customers discover the latest products to emerge from the Panasonic research labs, including its unique Grid-EYE infra-red presence-detection sensors and its Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi®, ISM-band and NFC wireless modules.’

The Grid-EYE sensor and PAN1740 Bluetooth wireless module are both featured in Panasonic’s Grid-EYE sensor evaluation kit, which also includes an Atmel SAM D21 microcontroller. The Grid-EYE sensor evaluation kit can be used as a stand-alone board or as part of an Arduino prototyping system. It is available free to qualified users of Future Electronics’ FTM Board Club, at

About Future Electronics
Founded in 1968 by Robert Miller, Future Electronics is a worldwide leader in electronics components distribution, and is recognized as one of the most respected and innovative companies in the industry today. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada and operating in 42 countries around the world, Future Electronics has earned an impressive reputation for providing outstanding service and developing efficient, comprehensive global supply chain solutions.

The company’s success is largely built upon its commitment to maintain close business partnerships with suppliers and customers, coupled with the strength of its commercial and technical competencies through all stages of the design-production cycle.

Future Electronics is globally integrated, supported by one worldwide IT infrastructure which provides real time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of operations, sales and marketing worldwide.

Future Electronics boasts the most knowledgeable sales team and provides the most advanced engineering/design capabilities and technical solutions, award-winning customer service, best in class global trade compliance program, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world.

Offering the industry’s highest level of overall service, including customer-specific programs and processes, and worldwide e-commerce support, the company’s mission is always to Delight the Customer.

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