Smith & Associates Showcases Smith Security Solutions at Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference

Company Blends Expertise and Technology to Source Reliable, High-Quality Parts for Oil and Gas Manufacturers

HOUSTON, TEXAS – (April 10, 2012) – Smith & Associates, the industry leader in global electronics distribution, will exhibit its SmithSecure Framework testing and quality assurance capabilities for electronic components at the Offshore Technology Conference, April 30-May 3, 2012, at Houston’s Reliant Center. As the world's premier event for showcasing offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection, OTC attracts more than 60,000 attendees each year.

Electronic components distributors play an increasingly crucial role in the global exploration and production (E&P) supply chain.  As E&P tools become more complex and subject to greater performance demands due to challenging drilling and extraction conditions, ensuring the reliability of electronic components to perform as expected is critical.  Having a supplier who is able to test and verify such highly-specialized components at these extremes is no longer a strategic advantage, it is a necessity.

Smith & Associates is committed to supporting oil and gas customers to meet the ever-increasing standards for quality and reliability. As a supply chain partner, Smith sources numerous specialized electronic components, including temperature products, control boards, directional drilling systems and ruggedized electronics, to provide customizable solutions while ensuring quality equipment that meets the industry’s highest standards.

“Smith’s 24-hour support and tracking allow our oil and gas customers the reassurance that their projects will remain on schedule while ensuring quality parts that perform under the conditions for which they are intended,” said Marc Barnhill, Chief Trading Officer of Smith & Associates. “OTC provides the ideal forum for Smith to present our latest oil and gas sourcing practices and quality initiatives, such as SmithSecure, with professionals whose priority it is to generate state-of-the-art E&P tools that are best in class, reliable and able to withstand extreme drilling and extracting conditions.”

WHERE:  Smith & Associates - Booth 6404
              Reliant Center
              2012 Offshore Technology Conference
              Houston, TX

WHEN:   Monday, April 30 through Thursday, May 3, 2012

Smith will showcase its SmithSecure Framework, which fuses real-world expertise with industry best practices to provide services, including: counterfeit detection, visual inspection for quality and reliability, vendor screening and internal training.

As a partner to oil and gas customers, Smith & Associates:

  • Provides downhole sourcing support for control boards, ruggedized electronics, directional drilling systems, and instrumentation
  • Keeps abreast of the latest price and supply trends in the open market worldwide
  • Identifies the optimal times to make cost-saving high volume purchases
  • Manages stock and liquidates excess inventory as surpluses develop
  • Manages component acquisition for service and warranty programs, ensuring cost savings and adequate supply on high-value and end-of-life components
  • Assists with research and procurement of parts compliant with various environmental regulations emerging worldwide, including the European Union's RoHS legislation
  • Develops innovative programs to address emerging needs of oil and gas industry
  • Assures quality through SmithSecure – its product and service quality framework, which includes extensive in-house testing capabilities

Smith’s trading professionals and oil and gas sourcing specialists will be available to answer questions throughout the show at Smith’s booth number 6404.

For more information on Smith’s presence at OTC 2012, see:

About Smith & Associates

Founded in Houston in 1984, Smith & Associates is a leader in the independent distribution of semiconductors and electronic components to electronics and high-tech manufacturers. Smith offers shortage sourcing for commodity and obsolete parts, innovative purchasing and inventory management solutions, redistribution of excess inventory, and component stocking for warranty and repair programs.

A privately held company, Smith & Associates employs more than 350 people worldwide, with annual revenue in excess of US $500 million. Smith's regional hubs in Houston, Hong Kong and Amsterdam are ISO certified and IDEA compliant. In addition, sales and purchasing offices are located in Silicon Valley, Barcelona, Guadalajara, New York, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, and Denver. For more information or to reach a Smith representative 24 hours a day, please call: 1.800.HOUSTON or +1 713.430.3000.

About Offshore Technology Conference

Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. OTC is held annually at Reliant Park in Houston. For more information, visit


For more information, contact:

Mark Bollinger
Smith & Associates, V.P. of Marketing
+1 713.430.3000
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Ashley Wilkinson
BOCA Communications
+1 415.738.7718 x4
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