Aluminum for Cars & Consumer Electronics

A battery of questions about the implications for the electronics industry came to mind when Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) recently announced the new F-150 pickup’s aluminum construction. My initial question was “What are the downsides of switching from steel to aluminum?” Without a doubt, the issues involving safety and overall strength become primary consumer concerns…

One Billion Smartphones Shipped in 2013

Worldwide shipments of smartphones topped one billion units for the first time, according to a report from International Data Corp. (IDC). To be exact, vendors shipped 1,004.2 million smartphones worldwide in 2013, up 38.4 percent from 725.3 million units in 2012. The top five vendors are Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Lenovo, and LG. In the worldwide…

IPC: PCB Sales Declined 1.9% in 2013

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the December findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. PCB sales in 2013 ended the year at -1.9 percent compared to 2012. The book-to-bill ratio in December improved slightly, but remains below parity at 0.92. Slow Growth Continues Total North American PCB shipments…

Micrel Reports Solid Q4

Micrel, Incorporated (NASDAQ: MCRL), a leading global manufacturer of IC solutions for the worldwide high performance linear and power, LAN and timing and communications markets, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013. Revenues for the fourth quarter were $60.0 million, a $1.8 million or 3.2% increase, compared…

3 Steps to Connecting With Buyers

Embedded products and components need a special kind of promotion. This kind of public relations is very different than the typical public relations strategies and campaigns used to promote restaurants, politicians, movies, appliances, or even high-tech consumer products like video games, phones and apps. How do you promote the kinds of embedded electronic and industrial…

EPS Adds to Roster of Executive Bloggers

Continuing its mission to empower, inform and connect professionals within the underserved global electronics purchasing and supply chain community, Electronics Purchasing Strategies (EPS) has engaged five consultants and strategists to contribute perspectives, share best practices and discuss the latest industry developments via monthly blogs. Beginning in February, EPS will feature blogs by the following contributors:…

3M Reports Record Q4 Sales

3M (NYSE:MMM) today reported fourth-quarter earnings of $1.62 per share, an increase of 14.9 percent versus the fourth quarter of 2012. Sales grew 2.4 percent year-on-year to $7.6 billion. Organic local-currency sales grew 3.4 percent, acquisitions added 0.7 percent to sales and currency impacts reduced sales by 1.7 percent year-on-year. Sales and per-share earnings were…

Mouser Carrying Kemet’s NEC Tokin Line

Mouser Electronics, a leading engineering resource and global distributor of semiconductors and electronic components, today announced it is distributing KEMET’s expanded portfolio which brings together leading-edge products from KEMET’s joint venture partner NEC TOKIN to buyers and design engineers worldwide. Mouser’s expanded product offerings from KEMET include Supercapacitors, High-Current Power Inductors, AC Line Filters, Relays,…

TE Connectivity Powers Up

Connector manufacturer TE Connectivity Ltd. is done reorganizing operations. The savings from recent restructuring measures are rolling in, cost-cutting expenses are down and the head bean counter at the company is giving senior executives the go-ahead to take advantage of sales growth prospects. The most promising of these opportunities right now is in the transportation…