Can China Get Any Chipmaker if it Can’t Even Buy Lattice?

Chinese enterprises, government and public investment firms need a different international M&A strategy because whatever they are doing now is clearly not working in the global semiconductor market. China has built a $150 billion-plus technology war chest to transform its economy into a high-end IT powerhouse but Western governments have repeatedly checkmated those moves in…

Toshiba Memory Sale: No Deal Without Western Digital Consent

Toshiba Corp. will struggle to sell its flash memory business without the acquiescence of Western Digital Corp., a fact the Japanese company seemingly ignored today when it signed a memorandum of understanding calling for the conclusion of acquisition talks with a potential buyer by the end of September. Even if Toshiba and the Bain Capital…

The Future of Electrocomponents … is in MRO?

Electrocomponents PLC has the potential to become a $10 billion enterprise within the next 10 years but to achieve this lofty goal, the U.K.-based distributor must venture outside the electronic components market and put down big stakes in the larger maintenance, repairs and operations (MRO) market. CEO Lindsley Ruth set the stage for Electrocomponents’ transformation…

Avnet: What other Dangers Lurk in its Legacy Assets?

Avnet Inc. had grand plans for this week but instead of hosting its scheduled annual Investors’ Day conference the top-tier distributor has returned instead to its restructuring drawing board. It must plug a projected $1 billion sales shortfall in fiscal 2018 and implement a new, global ERP project, sparking afresh concerns that the leadership may…

Xilinx and Avnet Deepen Distribution Engagement

Semiconductor vendor Xilinx Inc. and Avnet Inc. have struck an agreement to expand their existing relationship and extend this into a range of services meant to showcase the top-tier distributor’s reach into the electronics design chain. The announcement builds on steps already taken in recent months by Avnet to reorganize operations and refocus on strengthening…

Avnet Begins Execution of CEO Amelio’s Transformation Vision

William Amelio has been anything but quiet at Avnet Inc. but anyone who has a different thought will find out sometime in a few weeks when the new CEO unveils details of his transformational plans for the top-tier distributor. The company is already a radically different organization – having sold its technology solutions (TS) business…

Master Electronics Turns 50, Celebrates and Preps for ‘Massive’ Disruptions

2017 is a landmark year for Master Electronics. It marks 50 years since Ike Nizam founded the specialty electronics component distributors in a southern California apartment. That’s not all that’s noteworthy about 2017, though. Master Electronics is this year implementing a strategic reinvention campaign to enable it remain nimble and innovative serving small and mid-tier…