Farnell element14

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Farnell element14
Industry Electronics
Founded 1939
Headquarters Leeds, UK
Key people
Peter Birks, Business President, Sales & Marketing of Farnell element14
Parent Premier Farnell
Website uk.farnell.com

Farnell element14 is a distributor of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair.[1][2] Operating in 28 countries across Europe, with two regional distribution hubs in Belgium and the UK,[3] it employs circa 1,200 people.[4] It is the European trading brand of global electronics distributor Premier Farnell.


The company, which was established as the European arm of Premier Farnell, introduced the element14 brand name in 2010, replacing the legacy brands of Premier Electronics, Farnell and Farnell-Newark with Farnell element14 and Newark element14. The name was taken from silicon, the 14th element in the Periodic Table, which is widely used in electronic components such as integrated circuits and discrete semiconductors.[5][6]


Farnell element14 has circa 300,000[7] registered users, as of March 2015.[8]


Farnell element14 stocks circa 600,000 products from circa 3,500 suppliers including Vishay, TE Connectivity, Molex, Microchip Technology, National Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics, Epcos, KEMET Corporation, Altera, Omron, Bridgelux, Texas Instruments and Panasonic.[9]

It is a manufacturer and distributor of the Raspberry Pi miniature computer and it brought production of this device to the UK in September 2012, creating 30 extra jobs at Sony’s Pencoed plant near Bridgend, Wales.[10][11]

Development kits (often called ‘dev kits’) are a major specialism of Farnell element14. These are hardware kits typically centred around a particular microprocessor or microcontroller and are used by design engineers to develop and prototype new products. A survey of engineers on the element14 Community identified the big areas for the market in 2014-2015 as being lighting control, sensing and wireless. Another growth area for Farnell element14 is the Internet of Things (IoT), which was the predominant theme at its stall at the electronica fair held in Munich on 11-14 November 2014, showcasing element14 IoT products such as the RIoTboard.[12][13]

The BBC announced on 7 July 2015 that it was launching a new computer device called the micro:bit that would be given to every Year 7 school pupil in the UK (amounting to around one million computers) in October 2015 as part of its Make It Digital initiative. Farnell element14 was named as one of the major partners in the consortium behind the micro:bit, taking responsibility for sourcing of components and overseeing the manufacturing process.[14][15]


Farnell element14 won the "Diverse Company Award" category in the 2013 UK National Diversity Awards.[16][17]

It was awarded "Platinum Big Tick" status for the fourth year in a row in 2014 in the BiTC Corporate Responsibility Index [18][19]


  1. ^ "Our Company -what we do". Premier Farnell. 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "High service, high expectations". New Electronics. 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Our Company - our brands". Premier Farnell. 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "About us". Farnell UK. 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Thomas Cook's Harriet Green: 'My challenge in life is achieving balance'". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Harriet Green, CEO Premier Farnell awarded O.B.E for services to the electronics industry". Farnell UK. 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Global Study Reveals Importance of IoT to Developing Economies". Control Engineering Asia. 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Now it's Raspberry Pi the sequel as Premier releases new version". Yorkshire Post. 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Farnell element14 product range". Farnell UK. 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "500,000 Pis in Wales". Raspberry Pi Foundation. 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Raspberry Pi production moves to Wales from China". BBC. 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "What next for the dev kit?". New Electronics. 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "element14 to Make IoT a Reality at Embedded World 2014". Control Engineering Asia. 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Groundbreaking initiative to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  15. ^ Stuart Dredge. "BBC Micro Bit will complement Raspberry Pi not compete with it". The Guardian. 
  16. ^ "Farnell element14: Winner of the National Diversity Awards 2013". National Diversity Awards. 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  17. ^ Farnell Element 14 diversity award win Electronics Yorkshire News, 26 September 2013
  18. ^ "All award results 2013". Business in the Community. 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "Premier Farnell awarded Platinum Big Tick in Business in the Community's Corporate Responsibility Index". Farnell UK. 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 

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