About Us

Profile & Objectives

arei (formerly ADEC), was established in 1991 as a non-profit association, representing the interests of electronics industry in South Africa. Similar organizations exist in Europe.

arei‘s prime objective is to contribute to the creation of an environment which encourages a dynamic growth of the electronic manufacturing industry, at both component and system level, in South Africa.

arei is a member of the European based International Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA) whose headquarters are in Milan, Italy. The Chairmen of arei have participated at various IDEA meetings overseas in the past.

Today, arei has a membership of more than 30 companies, representing Suppliers, Distributors, Electronic Manufacturing Services and Original Equipment Manufacturers.

Worldwide, the electronics industry is an enabling industry for the growth of a country’s overall economy, and it is no co-incidence that the most developed countries in the world have a thriving electronics industry. Hence arei sees one of its key aims as communicating this message to government and policy-making bodies throughout South Africa, as there is a need for a more focused and coherent policy for the electronics manufacturing industry. To achieve this, arei has sponsored studies of various sectors of the electronics industry and these findings have been published in technical magazines during the past years.

arei interacts with the government and other bodies, and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in regard to the formulation of strategies, revisions to import duty tariffs, new specifications, and other matters which would encourage the growth of the electronics manufacturing industry in this country. Today arei has DTI on board its committee as a non-voting member to harvest information from the industry and put forth proposals to government from a central body.

To train staff members in the various companies, arei is involved in organizing Regional exhibitions, breakfast seminars & other industry events, to promote & grow the Association.

arei promotes and encourages ethical business practices, well-trained and professional sales teams, technical support and the availability of inventory to meet planned customer requirements. Whilst representing the many common interests of its members, arei encourages healthy competition between its members, to the benefit of all our customers and the industry as a whole.

arei are now accurately and confidentially tracking electronic component Rand sales statistics through the independent UK based company, Data Dynamics. Contributors of these import stats are : Arrow Altech Distribution, ASIC Design Services, Avnet South Africa, CST Electronics, EBV-Elektronik, Electrocomp, H-Q Electronics, RS Components, Spectrum Concepts and TRX Electronics.

arei also advise on the import trade statistics from the South African Department of Statistics. (example below).

The arei committee is elected annually at the AGM, and it is this committee that elects the Chairman for the following year.