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Automotive Electronics Prompt New Supply Chain Challenges

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Automotive Electronics Prompt New Supply Chain Challenges

The continued growth in the number of components used by automotive manufacturers has spotlighted new opportunities for component distributors. There are many positives to the increased penetration of electronics in automobiles including improved safety, better fuel efficiency, navigation and infotainment. While consumers, semiconductor manufacturers and automotive OEMs stand to benefit from these advancements, these opportunities also […]

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Evolving Distribution Models Defy Classification

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Evolving Distribution Models Defy Classification

The electronics distribution industry has evolved to the point that the old monikers used to differentiate companies no longer apply. Distributors that used to print phonebook-sized tomes of component specs now do the bulk of their business online. “Catalog” no longer describes distributors that specialize in low-volume high-mix component orders. Now, “independent,” which was used […]

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Sanmina Bags Nokia Quality Award

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sanmina Corporation (SANM) said Nokia Networks, the world’s specialist in mobile broadband, recently recognized it for outstanding quality with a 2014 Quality Award for Supplier Excellence. With more than 6000 suppliers worldwide, managing quality is crucial to Nokia Networks’ success and growth. The Nokia Networks Quality Awards program was established to encourage and reward superior […]

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Demand Visibility Remains Problematic

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Demand Visibility Remains Problematic

In spite of supply chain collaboration, MRP technology, supplier consolidation and a long period of ample component supply, a panel of leading EMS providers say they have less visibility than ever into demand signals from their OEM customers. Executives from U.S.-based OnCore Manufacturing Services, Variosystems Inc., Kimball Electronics Inc. and Plexus Corp. gathered recently to […]

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Can the Supply Chain Survive the Free-Service Squeeze?

| October 22, 2014 | 1 Comment
Can the Supply Chain Survive the Free-Service Squeeze?

Outside of corporate management, engineers are the most valued—and best-paid—members of the electronics supply chain. So why do so many customers expect to get engineering services for free from their business partners? The distribution industry for decades has been struggling with this issue. “Giveaways” began with value-added services. Customers that bought components from distributors asked […]

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Hong Kong’s Changing Role in the Supply Chain

| October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Hong Kong’s Changing Role in the Supply Chain

Long before China became the go-to destination for foreign manufacturing, there was Hong Kong. During the 1960s and 1970s Hong Kong was a low-cost center for manufacturing and the electronics industry’s window into the vast market that was China. Although Hong Kong’s role has changed significantly since China opened its doors to foreign trade, it […]

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“Next-shoring”? Manufacturing’s New Watershed Moment

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
“Next-shoring”? Manufacturing’s New Watershed Moment

Industry forecasts point to significant growth for the duration of 2014 and beyond; but this growth is not just more of the recent same. There are new demand drivers shifting the supply chain balance and with it a new trend in manufacturing is budding. At the center of the growth in consumer electronics is the […]

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Celestica Opens Microelectronics Lab

| July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Celestica Inc. (NYSE, TSX: CLS), has announced the opening of its new microelectronics laboratory at its headquarters in Toronto, Ontario in Canada. The new facility will enable start-ups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to quickly commercialize their latest ideas for miniaturizing electronics products through prototyping to volume production. “Microelectronics […]

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OEMs: Plan Ahead For After-Market Needs

| June 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
OEMs: Plan Ahead For After-Market Needs

The term “spare parts” may conjure up visions of junkyards, but in the high-tech industry they represent an opportunity worth billions of dollars for companies willing to manage after-market logistics. The storage and maintenance of spare parts is often a drain on company resources. Holding and maintaining inventory costs money that could be better invested […]

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Counterfeit Components: Are Warnings Enough?

| May 28, 2014 | 2 Comments
Counterfeit Components: Are Warnings Enough?

In spite of the electronics industry’s ongoing efforts, there may be no “best way” to fight counterfeit components. One of the hurdles in this effort is the issue of anonymity as it pertains to reporting the inadvertent acquisition a counterfeit. There mere admission that a counterfeit got through a company’s firewall casts doubt on that […]

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