DVD a Resource on Conflict Minerals

As the first filing deadline approaches, electronics manufacturers and suppliers preparing for compliance with the U.S. SEC conflict minerals regulation have a new resource for answers and facts with IPC’s 2013 Conflict Minerals Conference Proceedings. IPC’s Proceedings DVD is a compilation of audio and slide presentations recorded during its popular summer conflict minerals conference and…

Where are the PLM Champions?

I wonder at times why so many companies hide their best and brightest minds, products and departments in some dark corners while endlessly and tirelessly parading once popular but steadily fading divisions before a tired crowd. That’s the case with the electronics industry where the already obvious – microprocessor, smartphone, PCs, digital TV, etc. –…

EMS Providers Just Can’t Stop the Cost-Cutting

Contract manufacturers may be able to one day put away their cost-cutting scalpel but that won’t be for a while going by events in the market today. In the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) sector, cost-cutting and never-ending rounds of corporate reorganizations have become a way of life as customers and their contractors engage in a…

Arrow Sales Up; Net Income Declines in Q2

Arrow Electronics, Inc.  reported second-quarter 2013 net income of$89.9 million, or$.86 per share on a diluted basis, compared with net income of$114.4 million, or$1.02 per share on a diluted basis in the second quarter of 2012. Excluding certain items in both the second quarters of 2013 and 2012 as described in the non-GAAP earnings reconciliation table…

Digi-Key & VCC Ink Global Pact

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced the signing of a global distribution agreement with Visual Communications Company (VCC), a recognized leader in the development and manufacturing of innovative, dependable, and cost-effective incandescent and LED light solutions. VCC is the recognized leader in the…

IPC Revises PCB Forecast

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the June findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Based on the market’s slow response to order growth this year, IPC has revised downward its 2013 PCB sales forecast. June Results are Mixed Total North American PCB shipments decreased 3.4 percent in June…

Littelfuse Sales up in Q2

Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS) today reported financial results for the second quarter of 2013 and announced a 10% increase in the quarterly cash dividend. Second Quarter Highlights Sales for the second quarter of 2013 increased 10% sequentially and 7% year over year to $187.8 million. This included $7 million of sales from the Hamlin acquisition which…

E2open Acquires Icon-scm

E2open (NASDAQ: EOPN), the leading provider of cloud-based solutions for collaborative planning and execution across global trading networks, today announced that it has acquired icon-scm, a market leader in supply chain planning and collaboration, in a transaction valued at approximately $34 million in total consideration. By combining icon-scm’s integrated planning and analytics capabilities with the…

EU Solar Tariffs a Mixed Bag for Vendors

The European Union’s tariff on solar panels and modules manufactured in China will impact the electronics market on several fronts. For manufacturers in the solar business, prices will stabilize or increase due to lessened competition from Chinese vendors. Buyers, however, may experience the opposite: prices for the subassemblies that make up a solar system may…