Audits Reduce Eco-Compliance Pain

Businesses are more than ever under pressure to go green, eliminate hazardous materials from products, comply with global environmental sustainability regulations, and prove to customers they are doing all of the above. But, as many high-tech companies have discovered, maintaining “good corporate citizenship” status when it comes to the environment goes well beyond promises and…

European Distributors See Pockets of Hope

Europe may be causing many executives to shrug their shoulders with continued uncertainty, but some distributors are making the most of the unpredictable economic spiral and ratcheting up decent financial quarters. {complink 12816|Mouser Electronics Inc.}, for instance, recently reported strong and continuing growth with its nine European offices in Germany, the UK, Czech Republic, France,…

Thailand: Managing a Manufacturing Transition

I mentioned in another post that Thailand is moving away from being a cheap labor hub for high-volume, labor-intensive production. (See: Thailand: Thinking Big.) By all indications — government reports, tax incentive strategies, zoning considerations, a minimum wage increase, corporate expansion plans, and several days of conversations with executives and Thailand's Board of Investment officials…

Thailand: Thinking Big

Lower manufacturing costs; government-sponsored tax incentives; and a reliable, hard-working labor pool may have been the winning combination in luring the first textile, industrial. and high-tech manufacturers a few decades ago. But that's not what will keep Thailand attractive to future investors, nor is it something that fits into Thailand's big-picture plans for the coming…

Thailand: When the Water Rushes In

Standing water two meters high. Millions of dollars of manufacturing equipment under water. Employees camping out in the hallways of the upper levels of high-tech companies' buildings. Moving production to other factories. Loading products onto motor boats and chugging them over a mile of standing water to trucks waiting on drier land. That's what it…