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Vishay History

Leading Worldwide Manufacturer

Vishay has market shares ranging from substantial to number-one for each of its products. Specific product rankings include the following:


  • Number 1 worldwide in discrete power semiconductors
  • Number 1 worldwide in diodes
  • Number 1 worldwide in power rectifiers
  • Number 1 worldwide in low-voltage power MOSFETs
  • Number 1 worldwide in infrared components

Passive Components

  • Number 1 worldwide in wirewound and other power resistors
  • Number 1 worldwide in leaded film resistors
  • Number 1 worldwide in thin film SMD resistors
  • Number 1 worldwide in wet and conformal-coated tantalum capacitors
  • Number 1 worldwide in capacitors for power electronics

Growth through Innovations and Acquisitions

Vishay Intertechnology was founded in 1962 by Dr. Felix Zandman. It began operations with one technology that had two product lines: foil resistors and foil resistance strain gages. In 1985, having grown from a start-up into the world’s leading manufacturer of these original products, the Company began an ongoing series of strategic acquisitions to become a broadline manufacturer of electronic components. Today, Vishay Intertechnology is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors and passive electronic components.

As Vishay transformed itself from a start-up company to a broad-line manufacturer of electronic components, its two original product lines became non-core businesses in terms of R&D, marketing, and sales. In October 2009, Vishay announced its intention to spin off its non-core foil resistors and weighing and measurement businesses into an independent company: Vishay Precision Group.

Vishay Intertechnology’s acquisitions include such top names as Siliconix, Telefunken, the infrared components business of Infineon, General Semiconductor, Dale, Draloric, Sprague, Vitramon, and BCcomponents (former passive components businesses of Philips Electronics and Beyschlag). In 2007, Vishay acquired selected discrete semiconductor and module product lines from International Rectifier®. Subsequent acquisitions include a specialty tantalum capacitor product line from KEMET.

Vishay components are used in virtually all types of electronic devices and equipment, in the industrial, computer, automotive, consumer, telecommunications, military, aerospace, and medical markets. Vishay’s global footprint includes manufacturing facilities in China and five other Asian countries, Israel, Europe, and the Americas, as well as sales offices around the world.

Diverse Product Portfolio

Vishay has a diverse portfolio of semiconductor and passive components, including diodes, MOSFETs, optoelectronic products, selected integrated circuits (ICs), resistors, inductors, and capacitors. This enables Vishay to provide “one-stop shop” service and offer many different parts for each customer design.

R&D programs throughout all Company divisions generate a steady stream of new components to help designers create innovative end products — from lightweight netbooks to implantable medical devices to advanced engine controls. Components less than five years old provide a significant percentage of Vishay’s total revenue. This percentage is expected to increase during the next several years.

Vishay’s innovations in technology, successful acquisition strategy, superior product quality, and “one-stop shop” service to customers have made the Company a global industry leader.