VCC: A One-Stop Shop for Indicators

Thanks to two major acquisitions in the past two years, Visual Communications Company, LCC (VCC) is now positioned as one of the broadest product line manufacturers of indicators, expanding its product portfolio beyond LED technologies to include neon and incandescent lamps. The company acquired the indication and illumination product lines from Chicago Miniature Lighting and…

Remanufacturing on the Rise

Some businesses call it refurbishing, others call it remanufacturing. It’s the process of restoring worn products to almost new, and it represents a significant market opportunity for the supply chain, according to the APICS Foundation. Remanufacturing is an area of growing interest for supply chain and operations management professionals, the foundation says. Previously segmented to specific areas…

Omron Sets Business Goals

OMRON Corporation (TOKYO: 6645, ADR: OMRNY) announced on May 29 its new medium-term business plan for the three years from FY2014 to FY2016. In 2011, OMRON launched its long-term business strategy for the decade leading up to 2020, called “Value Generation 2020” or “VG2020.” With this strategy, OMRON has specified goals; “global value-creating group that is qualitatively…

Ethernet Switch Market Declined in Q1

According to a recent report by Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for information about the telecommunications and networking industries, the Layer 2-3 Ethernet Switch market declined nearly $1 Billion sequentially in the first quarter 2014 to just over $5 Billion. “Several factors caused 1Q14 to deliver the second worst first quarter on record for the Ethernet Switch market,”…

Will ‘Maniacal’ Cost-Cutting Save Hewlett-Packard?

Meg Whitman says Hewlett-Packard Co. must be “maniacally focused” to win in a changing market that is “creating both opportunities and challenges for HP and every one of our competitors.” Her choice of word is unfortunate but emblematic of what many corporate executives have adopted as the right strategy for making their businesses competitive. Whitman,…

Seagate Buys Avago LSI ASD & FCD Units

Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in storage solutions, and Avago Technologies Limited (NASDAQ: AVGO), a leading semiconductor device supplier to the enterprise storage, wired, wireless and industrial end markets, today announced that they have entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement under which Seagate will acquire the assets of LSI’s Accelerated Solutions…

Renesas & Diodes Inc. Partner on Power

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced its collaboration with Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic and analog semiconductor markets, to deliver optimized charging solutions for USB Power Delivery (PD). Based on a…