Last week's $630-million acquisition of Marshall Industries by Avnet Inc. was the largest in the electronic components distribution industry and highlighted the growing emphasis on size in that business, but Laguna Hills-based NetBuy hopes to deliver customers to the smaller players in the market.
The company, which celebrated its one-year anniversary last week, is one of dozens of electronic commerce sites cultivating business-to-business markets, bringing together more than 60 distributors to sell to electronics manufacturers.
The company said $1.2 million in semiconductors, connectors and other electronic components have been sold over its network. The company collects a transaction fee on those sales.
While Avnet and industry leader Arrow Electronics concentrate on large customers, smaller players have room to cater to the small- and medium-sized market, said James D. Wittry, NetBuy's chief executive.
"Avnet and Arrow have migrated to the upper tier," Wittry said. "They process small and medium orders very cost-inefficiently."
Of course, NetBuy has some of its own wrinkles to work out. On the same day that the company celebrated its first anniversary, NetBuy suffered a computer glitch that knocked it offline for nearly an hour.