Where’s the Growth? Suppliers Seek Validation

AVX Corp. CEO John Gilbertson has been in the electronics components business long enough to know growth signs when they start cropping up in key industry segments like automotive, cloud storage, defense and telecom. Anecdotal reports, though, aren’t quite as reliable as definite component orders and as a company that sells 44 percent of its…

TE Awards Digi-Key

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, recently received TE Connectivity’s (TE) 2013 Americas Distributor of the Year award. This award is presented annually to the distributor demonstrating innovation and performance in support of TE product. Historically, Digi-Key has been well positioned with TE, garnering back-to-back…

IP&E: Awaiting Stronger Distribution & End-Market Orders

Manufacturers of passive products anticipating strong sales growth in 2014 are pinning their hopes on improvements in key end-markets, including automotive, consumer electronics, telecommunications and even the defense sector but they say tepid distribution orders and low inventory levels indicate channel partners remain wary about the strength of the ongoing market recovery. Many of the…

RS Components Signs Global Deal With FCT

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, has signed a global distribution agreement with FCT, a Molex company*, to supply the company’s popular range of D-Sub interconnect products worldwide. This formal agreement cements the excellent relationship that has existed between…

UMC Releases Q1 Earnings

First Quarter 2014 Overview: Revenue: NT$31.69 billion (US$1.04 billion) Gross margin: 18.6%; operating margin: 3.0% Foundry capacity utilization rate: 81% Net income attributable to the stockholders of the parent: NT$1.18 billion (US$38.7 million) Earnings per share: NT$0.09; earnings per ADS: US$0.015 United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TWSE: 2303) (“UMC” or “The Company”), a leading global…