Connectors Get Smaller, Tougher for Wearables

Wearable electronics – whether they are smart watches, smart glasses, personal health monitors, or electronics embedded in clothing – continue to be one of the biggest sectors driving demand for miniature connectors that are able to withstand the rigors of a wide range of environments. Connector suppliers have responded with parts that tolerate extremes of…

Looking Back at 2014: Interconnect and Systems Suppliers

As IP&E suppliers continue to position their businesses for stronger growth, they are acquiring other companies or shedding unprofitable operations. In this article, we will review some of the significant news in the areas of interconnects and system components. Connector supplier Molex Inc. (Lisle, IL) made two mid-year acquisitions to flesh out its ever-expanding product…

Looking Back At 2014: Passive, Power, and EM Suppliers

2014 saw its share of consolidation activity among passive, power, and electromechanical component suppliers, with larger companies seeking to expand their product portfolios to offer a broader line of parts and enable them to be more of a “one-stop” supplier to the customers. Perhaps the loudest noise was made by TE Connectivity, known more as…

Mixed Quarter Looms For IP&E Suppliers

Most IP&E suppliers had a solid September quarter, with many companies reporting higher sales and earnings year over year. While that momentum is thrusting some suppliers into a strong December quarter and end to 2014, other suppliers are more cautious, citing currency fluctuations, lower distributor sales, the effects of previous restructuring efforts, and uncertain economic and…

Component Suppliers Gearing Up for Wearable Electronics Boom

New York, N.Y. — The “hot” topic in today’s electronics market is arguably wearable electronics. Consumer devices such as “smart” watches, electronic fitness accessories, Google Glass come to mind, but the market is still in its infancy and is likely to embrace a wide range of products of varying forms and complexity. The vast potential of…