December 18, 2015

Happy Holidays from Converge

2015 was an eventful year at Converge. One major milestone that the company reached this year was the celebration of its 35th anniversary. All employees are proud of the results of three and a half decades of hard work and dedication - 3 headquarters in 3 continents (Amsterdam, Boston, and Singapore) 22 regional offices worldwide, 3 global hubs equipped with the latest counterfeit testing, and one 3PL hub with tenured staff of 15 years+. In 2010, Converge was acquired by Arrow Electronics, a Fortune 150 Company, and today is still going strong.

In the first quarter of 2015, we were happy to announce that Converge became one of the first independent distributors certified to AS6081- Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts: Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition. The standard was created to serve the particularly sensitive high reliability industry. Achievements like this allow the company to verify its capability to supply the highest of quality and demonstrate it to be among the most preferred electronic component distributors, especially for OEM’s and CEM’s in sectors like medical, aerospace and defense, transportation, etc.

One of the major challenges in the high reliability industry has been the obsolescence of electronic components. Converge’s proven market intelligence and valued resources have positioned the company as a strong participant in the high reliability supply chain. Going forward with the AS6081 certification and aiming to emphasize the sole competency of our company on the subject, we organized the inaugural Converge conference - “The Future of Obsolescence Management”. This event was held in Amsterdam in September and hosted over 150 international OEM and CEM companies. The goal was to bring together a cross-section of professionals from various industries and countries (expanding outside the European borders), to discuss the challenges of managing obsolescence. The “Future of Obsolescence Management” was a great success and our post-event survey indicated positive reviews. The results showed that 92% of the respondents would attend another edition of the conference and 97% would like to receive further information on the subject.

In this last quarter of the year, Converge received certification to AS9120 – an SAE standard titled "Quality Management Systems-Aerospace Requirements for Stockist Distributors". This news has been widely covered by various print and online publications globally. Receiving AS9120 certification is yet another affirmation of Converge’s expertise in supplying the high-reliability market with high quality of components, but also service and support. 

Considering all of the above achievements, 2015 can definitely be called a successful year and we are ready for a very festive holiday season. As in the past, Converge is participating in Project Uplift Toy Drive – an initiative which helps bring gifts and a smile to the face of children in need by donating Christmas presents for them.

We promise to keep you updated with what the next year will bring!

The entire Converge team is wishing you a joyful holiday season and a new year filled with peace and prosperity!