Barb Jorgensen is editor-in-chief for supply chain publication EPSNews and has covered electronics manufacturing, procurement and business for more than 25 years. Barb spent most of her career with Electronic Business magazine and EBN; freelanced; and then founded online publication EPSNews with two industry veterans—Bolaji Ojo and Gina Roos. EPSNews was acquired by AspenCore in 2017.

Component Prices Rise 10% to 40%

Increased component prices are inevitable when demand outstrips supply. But the electronics supply chain is being hammered on all sides – from materials to logistics — with rising costs. As one freight expert put it: “In 2020 and 2021, global logistics just can’t seem to catch a break.” For months, the Institute for Supply Management…

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Electronics Leads June Expansion Amid Supply Chain Woes

The computer and electronics industry fueled U.S. manufacturing expansion in June but continues to struggle with shortages, price hikes and logistics bottlenecks, procurement managers told the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Components are by far the biggest challenge, one buyer said, with lead times going from 16 weeks to 52-plus weeks. “Processors are a critical…

Executives Increase Supply Chain Risk Concerns

Executives remain optimistic about the global economy at the close of Q2, but not every region is benefiting equally from Covid-19 vaccination rates and re-opened businesses. IPC has raised its outlook for the United States, Europe, Mexico, Australia and Taiwan but notes Japan, India, Indonesia and Turkey continue to struggle. A recent McKinsey survey likewise…

Unfortunately, Fabs Won’t Fix Forecasting

With Intel Corp. predicting a scarcity of semiconductors that will last years, chip makers are set to build 29 new fabs by the end of 2022, according to industry group SEMI. These plans will have little impact on the current shortage, which has spread well beyond the automotive industry. Although fab plans represent a boon…

Channel Feels the Impact of Logistics Costs & Backlog

While manufacturing has rebounded from the long Covid quarantine, the supply chain has not. Logistics operations – already short-handed – are dealing with a seemingly unending series of disruptions. And there’s no relief in sight, experts say. Shipping operations at the Port of Yantian, which were scaled back due to a Covid outbreak, have improved,…

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Why Siemens Bought a Supply Chain Company

Where does a supply chain firm fit into Siemens AG’s portfolio? Supplyframe, which Siemens acquired in May, will be integrated into Siemens’ Digital Industries unit and become part of its software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering. In its 18 years in business, Supplyframe has evolved from a components aggregator to a “design-to-source” intelligence (DSI) firm. Its DSI platform…

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Reshoring 2020: A Wild Ride, but U.S. is Poised for Change

Two leading research firms measure “reshoring” differently, so their analysis rarely agrees. Conclusions for 2020 were no exception, but U.S. manufacturers say they’re committed to reducing their dependence on foreign supplies. The Reshoring Initiative’s index, which tracks jobs and foreign direct investment (FDI), reported a combined total of 160,649 new announcements for 2020. Reshoring exceeded…

Factory Activity Rises Despite Supply & Labor Constraints

The U.S. manufacturing sector continued its expansion in May, but shortages of components, raw materials and labor are constraining factories’ ability to meet skyrocketing demand. “Supplier performance — deliveries, quality, it’s all suffering,” a tech executive told the Institute for Supply Management. “Demand is high, and we are struggling to find employees to help us…

Tips for Expediting the Supply Chain Backlog

There is no end in sight for global supply delays stemming from trade restrictions and transportation logjams. Demand continues to rise for U.S.-manufactured goods, but raw material and component disruptions are hindering production expansion. “Recent record-long lead times, wide-scale shortages of critical basic materials, rising commodities prices and difficulties in transporting products are continuing to…

Manufacturing Optimism Grows for Remainder of 2021

Purchasing and supply executives expect manufacturing growth will continue for the rest of 2021 with several metrics – capacity, capital expenditures and revenue – exceeding forecasts of late 2020. There is hope that the corner has been turned on the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Institute for Supply Management, and both the U.S. manufacturing and…