Market turbulence, allocation and counterfeit product are just a few of the difficulties facing component suppliers to the defence & aerospace industry. Astute Electronics will be at DSEI 2019 to advise on mitigating against risk. Astute Electronics, global distributor and procurement specialist to the world’s top defence companies, will be bringing their experts in electronics design, counterfeit-avoidance and procurement to DSEI 2019 – stand S4-140. Joining the stellar line-up of global defence & aerospace companies, Astute Electronics will be welcoming customers and answering the key industry-wide questions: how to mitigate against counterfeit product; procure safer and smarter; secure components in a volatile market; mitigate against obsolescence. Experts in Mil-Spec components including connectors, rugged memory and digital storage, COTS power supplies and batteries and E-Mech will be on-hand to answer technical questions and advise on new designs. Astute’s E-Design team boasts a collective 250+ year’s experience in franchised electromechanical, semiconductor, memory, interconnect and power components. DSEI, a truly epic conference that connects governments, armed forces, industry thought-leaders and supply-chain experts, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, but Astute Electronics surpasses this by a full decade! Founder and MD, Geoff Hill, attributes their flourishing 30-year relationship with aerospace and defence to a deeply committed, proactive approach to customer risk and requirements. “As a business, we’ve always asked the question: what benefits can we bring? Everything I’ve done in 30 years is customer-led,” says Geoff. “For instance, counterfeit product has been a growing problem, especially in the last two decades. It exists in most industries but it’s particularly hazardous in aerospace and defence equipment. That’s why we set up component test labs in the UK and US and we incorporate the AS6081 standards into our extensive ACAP Anti-Counterfeit Avoidance Programme.” With current volatility in the component supply chain, extended lead-times and rapid obsolescence cycles, it’s even more important that we help customers to weed out these threats and focus on Safe Supply, says Geoff. Astute Electronics was built from a desire within the industry for more flexible distribution and vendor reduction and remained true to its core values to this day. Geoff says: “There’s a long history of mergers and acquisitions within electronics distribution, but here at Astute, we’ve found that through remaining independent and building trust and longevity, we are able to offer a more all-encompassing solution that adds great benefit and value to A&D projects. “Since 1989, our aim is to provide flexible solutions to all industries on a variety of commodities. Our services, will continue to adapt to our customers’ requirements and take us into the next decade of supporting rapidly advancing technologies.” Safe Supply – Every Time Astute’s global sourcing experts work across a network of international procurement offices and authorised markets. Combined with our industry leading ACAP (Astute Counterfeit Avoidance Programme) ensures a safe supply – every time. Our market–leading Astute Counterfeit Avoidance Programme (ACAP), offers a secure path for the rare occasion that we source supply through non-traceable routes to support obsolescent and hard to find/allocated component request. Astute will subject products to destructive and non-destructive testing through the ACAP scheme, encompassing the AS6081 anti-counterfeit standards. Following successful testing, Astute will issue the product with a 10-year warranty. Astute Electronics is a highly-accredited electronics distributor and procurement specialist to the world’s leading defence suppliers. As a member of the Counterfeit Avoidance Working Group (CAWG), Astute has played a leading role in defining and updating the MoD’s Defence Standard 05-135, accompanied by the Counterfeit Avoidance Maturity Model, that defines how a supplier is managing the risk of counterfeit material entering the MoD’s supply chain. Astute Electronics will be attending DSEI along with many of its esteemed defence and aerospace customers including BAE, Leonardo, Thales, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics. Find us at stand S4-140.