July 2, 2015

Converge Celebrates 35 Years as an Independent!

As Americans proudly celebrated Independence Day on July 4th, Converge is also proud to be celebrating 35 years of being a leading global independent distributor of electronic components with a full service of supply chain solutions.

This year especially, we have taken a moment to reflect and acknowledge other famous start-ups.

Most of us may remember a very famous technology software company that was founded in 1975 by two young men in college whose idea of developing a programming language for a microcomputer has led to a multibillion-dollar company 40 years later. 

In 1976, two long-time high school friends who dropped out of college and became interested in electronics essentially created the first personal computer, which is now a household name branded by a fruit symbol.

Much like the founders of these two very well-known technology and software companies, two salesmen (lovers of technology and electronics) met in an electronics store in the Boston area, became friends, and in 1980 realized that there was a need to fulfill components shortages in the electronics supply chain. With their vision and a mission to deliver “quality products on time,” Converge was founded.

Over the past 35 years we have revised our mission to adapt to technology advances, supply chain cycles, and evolving market conditions; it’s what has made Converge, now an Arrow company, one of the leading independent distributors of electronic components still growing strong today.

It has been a quick 35 years, and we’d like to share some highlights of how far we’ve come:

  • Global expansion to 3 corporate locations (Amsterdam, Boston, and Singapore) 22 regional offices worldwide, 3 global hubs, and one 3PL hub with tenured staff of 15 years+ 
  • Investments in state-of-the-art facilities and testing/inspection equipment leading the way to combat counterfeits in the supply chain
  • Acquired by Arrow Electronics in 2010, Fortune 150 company
  • A strong focus on quality with our world class Q360 global quality management program
  • Leading industry certifications including AS6081 for Aerospace/Defense Industry and AS9120 on the way
As an Arrow company, Converge is able to provide solutions through the product life cycle – including vendor reduction, excess inventory programs, VMI deliveries to help manage inventory and more crucially - obsolescence support.

That’s why we are proud to announce our first “Future of Obsolescence Management” event on September 22-23 in Amsterdam, where we will bring together experts from each part of the supply chain to advance understanding of this hot topic. The event will also showcase how the “One Arrow” approach draws on the abilities of all the Arrow companies to deliver an integrated approach to obsolescence.

We are excited about this event and look forward to welcoming you there. So as we celebrate this momentous occasion of 35 years, we would like to thank our customers for their continued business and feedback, which has allowed us to keep improving our services and maintaining that quality of product and speed of delivery in this ever-changing technology industry.

There will always be a need for independents in the electronics and technology industry, and those that are committed and willing to grow and change with the industry will remain respected, successful, and strong for many years to come.

For more information on our supply chain solutions or the FOM event, drop us a line.

Happy Independence!