This paper firstly examines the market situation in passive components in relation to the total position of the electronics industry. Expenditure on research and development is then discussed and examples given of recent and present research and development activities in the field of passive components. The situation with regard to the publication position on research and development in passive components is briefly considered and it is concluded that there is a positive need for a journal covering the passive component field and acting as an outlet for papers generated in this area.