Conflict Minerals Ruling Ignites Compliance Confusion

Electronics manufacturers and component suppliers seeking guidance from authorities following a recent court ruling striking down a portion of the Conflict Minerals Rule will have to wait a while longer. While an industry organization representing suppliers and distributors believes the ruling may have eliminated the need for compliance with the legislation, some lawyers are advising…

Benchmarking & Analytics Aid Supply Chain Planning

Forecasting is one aspect of supply chain planning that executive constantly works at, but the goal of making accurate predictions is still elusive to many. One analyst recently forecast that in the second half of 2015 there will be more disruptions at West Coast ports as they deal with the backlog caused by previous strikes…

Mexico Leads Latin American Electronics Production

As electronics vendors continue to scout for the best locations to expand their production operations or open new facilities a new study shows that Mexico will continue to lead electronic manufacturing growth in Latin America through 2016. The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Foundation’s biannual report examines the latest trends in Latin America’s…

Boon or Bust: What will TPP Deliver to U.S. High-Tech?

As the electronics industry seeks to shape the contours of its global supply chain for the next quarter century and beyond, several key organizations representing high tech companies say the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement will provide fertile ground for new market growth while, at the same time, offering a counterbalance to China’s growing influence…

Electronics Vendors still Caught in Inventory Trap

The electronics industry’s cyclical downturns and upcycles may have become less vicious over the last decade but it appears enterprises in the sector have still not fully sorted out the inventory challenges that have for long been the bane of the market, according to a research firm. Whatever the nature of the inventory – finished…

IBM Deepens Partnership With Chip Designers

IBM Corp. has announced that it will offer a new cloud service for companies looking to design chips for electronic products such as mobile phones, wearable devices and Internet of Things (IoT) systems. Dubbed the IBM High Performance Services for Electronic Design Automation, IBM executives said the company has partnered with SiCAD, Inc., a silicon…

Arrow’s Bird on Supplier Consolidation and Design

In his role as president of Arrow Electronics Inc.’s Americas components business, Alan Bird is responsible for all customer and supplier relationships, sales and the management of employees. During his 25 years in the electronics industry he has seen tremendous change, including the growth of outsourcing to China and other parts of Asia; economic recessions; the…

Surging Technology Adoption Driving Electronics Growth

Rising adoption of electronics across all sections of the global economy is one of the primary drivers of growth in the electronics market and this pace is likely to accelerate in the near future, according to industry executives. This realization is forcing players in the entire supply chain to keep a tab on emerging technologies…