Avnet Bid May Spark Bidding War for Premier Farnell

If Avnet Inc. really wants Premier Farnell plc, it will have to write a much bigger check than the £691 million ($912 million) it has offered for the company. The acquisition target’s market value surged to nearly £729 million only one day after Avnet made its bid, indicating investors believe the British distributor can attract…

STMicro Buys AMS NFC and RFID Reader Assets

Geneva, Switzerland – STMicroelectronics, (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronic applications, today announced that it has acquired ams’ (SIX: AMS) assets related to NFC[1] and RFID[2] reader business. ST has acquired intellectual property, technologies, products and business highly complementary to its secure microcontroller solutions serving mobile devices, wearables, banking, identification, industrial,…

Assent Compliance Releases Conflict Mineral Benchmarking Report

Link to Blog: http://assentcompliance.com/blog/index.php/conflict-mineral-benchmarking-study-ry2015-released/ Thirteen publicly-traded companies in the United States have proven it is possible to not only comply with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, but to also perform supply chain due diligence in line with industry best practices. These companies achieved perfect scores in Development International’s…

Sony to Sell Battery Business to Murata

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (“Murata”) and Sony Corporation (“Sony”) today announced that they have entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding that confirms their intent to negotiate the transfer of the Sony Group’s battery business to the Murata Group (the “Transfer”). Following due diligence and negotiation of detailed terms and conditions of the Transfer, Murata…