Semico: IIoT Fuels Chip Growth

Traditionally, the Industrial sector has represented only a small portion of total semiconductor sales.  According to SIA/WSTS End Use data, semiconductor sales to the Industrial market comprise only 12% of total semiconductor revenues.  In addition, the Industrial sector traditionally grows at a comparably slow, steady rate.  From 2010 to 2015, the Industrial sector experienced a…

IPC: PCB Shipments Up in December

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the December 2016 findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales growth in December was solid while the PCB book-to-bill ratio slipped to 0.98. Total North American PCB shipments in December 2016 were up 5.9 percent compared to the same month last year.…

For a Sustainable Supply Chain: Trust but Verify

“Trust, but verify” is derived from a Russian proverb. Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan famously applied this term with regards to nuclear disarmament. As with any negotiation, achieving a sustainable supply chain is possible with the right balance of “trust and verify”. However, market forces and leverage alone, do not bring about trust. Shared values…