|Steven Webb, President (interim)|
|Revenue||£960.1 million (2015)|
|£83.1 million (2015)|
|£47.5 million (2015)|
Premier Farnell Ltd is a British distributor of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair throughout Europe, North America and Asia Pacific with operations in 36 countries and trading in over 100.
The company was founded in 1939 and had £960.1 million in revenue in 2015.
The company was founded by Alan Farnell and Arthur Woffenden in 1939 in Leeds under the name of A.C. Farnell Limited. It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1966. The company was located next to the Wetherby railway station: as it grew it moved into larger offices on the town's Sandbeck Industrial Estate, and then in 1995, into offices in Armley.
In 1995 it acquired Combined Precision Components. As it focused on distribution, its manufacturing operations were sold the same year. In 1996 it went on to buy the Premier Industrial Corporation, a leading United States distributor, and in doing so changed its name to Premier Farnell.
In 2001 Premier Farnell went on to acquire Buck & Hickman, a company which it subsequently went on to sell in 2007. Premier Farnell announced in 2006 the completed sale of Kent, its specialist automotive consumables business.
The company underwent significant change in the mid-2000s, developing from a catalogues and trade counter business into an e-commerce operation, under the direction of Harriet Green, CEO, who joined the business in 2006.
In 2007 the group launched its Greater China business, Premier Electronics, with the opening of a new warehouse and distribution centre in WaiGaoQia.
Towards the end of 2008 Premier Farnell began the closure of Cadillac Electric (part of the group's Industrial Products Division). During the course of 2008 Premier Farnell also acquired Hynetic Electronics, an Indian distributor, and in early 2009 Premier Farnell went on to acquire Microdis Electronics, an electronics distributor based in Poland.
The Premier Farnell group trades globally under the following company names:
- Farnell element14 in the UK and Europe
- Newark element14 in the United States, Canada and Mexico
- element14 in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, China and Singapore
- element14 community, an online information hub and forum for electrical engineers.
Non Core Brands
- Combined Precision Components (CPC) in the UK
- Shenzhen Embest Technology
- MCM Electronics in the United States
- AVID Technologies
The group is part of the FTSE4Good Index of Corporate and Social Responsibility and is also a Gold status member participating in the Business in The Community (BiTC) Corporate Responsibility Index - a group of over 800 UK companies who are committed to having a positive impact on the environment and society. 2012.
- ECMOD Direct Commerce Award for the best online business B2B 2012 
- BiTC Corporate Responsibility Index – Platinum status 2012 
- Ethisphere Institute – Worlds Most Ethical Companies List 2012 
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