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Q2 Expectations Improve for Electronic Component Demand

Industry experts polled in April were slightly more optimistic about electronic component demand, bookings and order cancellations than they were in March. Of roughly 20,000 global respondents to Technology Partners Consultants’ April survey, 29 percent expect a better Q2, versus 23 percent the prior month. “Based on our survey results and conversations with various supply…

Responsible Minerals Sourcing Webinar Now On Demand

The principles surrounding conflict minerals sourcing are expanding into other materials, such as cobalt, copper and lithium. The broader initiative, called responsible minerals sourcing, focuses on the social and environmental impact of extracting and processing certain raw materials and preventing abuses often linked to those activities. Under U.S. legislation enacted in 2010, publicly-traded companies are…

cool down, manufacturing, PMI

U.S. Factory Activity Cooled in February

U.S. manufacturers may be facing a bumpy ride in Q1 as the nation’s factory activity cooled in February. New orders, production and employment all declined from January levels, according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), and the PMI dropped 2.4 percentage points to 54.2 percent. As long as the PMI remains above 50, the manufacturing industry continues to expand. “We are still in the…