Electronics Industry Gets More Time to Replace PiP 3:1

On January 6, 2021, the day the U.S. Capitol was stormed, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would introduce the Substance Control Act (TSCA) on March 8, banning five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances. One of those substances, phenol isopropylated phosphate (3:1), or PIP 3:1, is of particular concern to the electronics…

Tech & China’s Rule of Law

First impressions are important. And that's especially true for this week's visit to the United States by China's vice president, Xi Jinping. By all accounts, Xi is the frontrunner to become president of the People's Republic when Hu Jintao's term ends this year. Xi's visit gives each side a chance to size up the other…

Risks & the Corporate Identity

Recently Charlie Barnhart & Associates, an outsourcing consulting firm, warned its clients to prepare for a rocky ride in 2012. The firm raised its risk level and stated that it is now “likely” that the average OEM will experience serious disruption in its supply chain in 2012. “Yes, the current situation is that bad,” warned…

How Global Are Global Companies?

A few weeks ago it was reported that {complink 9284|Lenovo Group Ltd.} has displaced {complink 1544|Dell Inc.} as the No. 2 worldwide PC manufacturer, and is closing in on top-ranked {complink 2376|Hewlett-Packard Co.}. Lenovo's PC unit shipments grew by 14.5 percent in the third quarter of 2011, compared to HP's 5.9 percent growth rate and…

CEO Ego & the Perils of ‘Globaloney’

DHL recently released its 2011 Global Connectedness Index Report, an ambitious attempt to quantify the “breadth and depth” of connectedness a country has with the rest of the world. The report ranked 125 countries using a set of 10 cross-border “flows” in four broad categories: capital, products and services, information, and people. The Netherlands had…

Military Hardware Security Compromised

The gloves are coming off in the government’s fight against counterfeit parts and intellectual property protection. Brian Toohey, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association, testified Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee calling counterfeit parts “a ticking time bomb.” China’s role in counterfeiting featured centrally in the Committee’s discussion of the problem. (If you have…