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How to Cope with Component Shortages By GD Rectifiers

02-11-2019 05:45 PM CET | Energy & Environment

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GD Rectifiers' Semiconductors

GD Rectifiers' Semiconductors

Interview with Paul Bentley, Managing Director of GD Rectifiers

1) How have purchasing trends changed in the last 5 years?

Several interesting trends have started to emerge, including the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), robotics and the increase in demand for electric vehicles, all of these developments are affecting purchasing trends in the industry.

Having stock on the shelf is also vital in today’s market. Most companies stock against their forecasts but at GD Rectifiers it’s important for us to have a wide range of components available straight away which is why we also ensure we have access to additional stock.

2) How is GD Rectifiers managing extended lead times to ensure purchasers are not let down?

We saw that lead times were being pushed out at the end of last year and so the first thing we did was to notify our customers of the extended lead times we were seeing. We advised customers that could provide a forecast to provide their estimated usage for the next 12 months so we could order their requirements, along side our own buffer stock order. Customers are not always in a position to provide an annual forecast, so we had to make sure we had contingency stock in place not only for new customer requirements but for the shortfall on our existing customer accounts too.

3) When a new product is launched, what does GD Rectifiers do to keep up with demand?

We ensure our team have had extensive product training, we ensure we have the new products in stock or check that they are easily accessible on a short lead time from the factory. We then work with our marketing team to promote the new products to our customer base.

4) What impact does mergers and acquisitions have on your product lines?

As an independent distributor, mergers and acquisitions do not usually affect our product lines. Occasionally, we can see lead times getting pushed out when two large companies merge because of an order short fall during the transition period. Luckily, at GD Rectifiers our diverse product range from some of the world’s largest manufacturers allows us to offer product alternatives to our customers whilst lead times get pushed out to avoid disappointment.

5) What challenges do you envisage over the next 3 years for the electronics supply chain?

With the continued demand for electric vehicles set to dominate the industry over the next 5+ years, we are likely to see another semiconductor components shortage. It will become increasingly important for purchasers to start working to an annual forecast or to obtain bi-annual requirements from their customers so that they can ensure stock is in place.

6) What advice would you give to purchasers that are experiencing long lead times sourcing components?

Ensure you are responsibly sourcing electronic components and where possible always buy from an authorised distributor. During the current shortages, some buyers are turning to sources that they haven’t used before and often these are non-franchised distributors. The issue with using non-franchised distributors is that you do not know the traceability of the components you are selling on and you cannot be certain that you are not buying and selling counterfeit goods.

For both customers and distributors that are experiencing long lead times, my advice would be to contact GD Rectifiers, we can help you source the components you need. We work directly with the factories to ensure the fastest delivery time of non-stocked products. We can also offer alternative parts for your requirements, suggesting comparison products that will achieve the same performance.

For further information on GD Rectifiers’ product range please click here -

To discuss your electronic component requirements, please call our sales team today on: 01444 243 452 or email:

GD Rectifiers is a Global Manufacturer and Distributor of products, services and solutions to commercial and industrial users of power electronic components.

Established in 1964, GD Rectifiers has over 50 years of extensive experience across a large range of markets, specialising in new and current technologies for industrial power control applications. An extensive product offering has built GD Rectifiers exceptional reputation as the go-to power specialist with innovative experience across: Aviation, Automotive, Rail, Medical, Industrial and Electronics markets.

GD Rectifiers have extensive experience in the rail industry and are RISQS Qualified.

GD Rectifiers is a ISO 9001:2015 registered company that design and develop bespoke power semiconductor assemblies to control voltage, current and frequency for international industrial markets.

GD Rectifiers designs and manufactures Selenium and Silicon Rectifiers, Suppressors, Converters, Inverters, Regulators and all other power products for Industrial power control applications. The company distributes state of the art Diodes, Thyristors, IGBTs and MOSFETs from the world’s leading manufacturers including: IXYS, IXYS UK Westcode, Semikron and EDI.

GD Rectifiers manufacture an extensive range of power components and assemblies. The company also supplies a wide range of Heat Sinks suitable for Power Semiconductors, LED Lighting and similar applications. GD Rectifiers also offer a repair and replacement service for faulty or ageing Semiconductor Rectifiers, Converters, Inverters and Regulators.

GD Rectifiers
Bentley House
2 William Way
Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15 9AG

Sarah Bentley
01444 243 452

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