Disasters Are Disruptive: Review Your Supply Chain

Another major disaster –the chemical explosion in the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin, roughly 75 miles East of Beijing –has recently resulted in a significant loss of life. The blast occurred “[…] at a warehouse owned by Rui Hai International Logistics, a private company that was licensed to handle hazardous cargo,” according to the New…

Molex Delivers Turnkey Touch Switch Solutions

Molex Inc. offers capacitive and metal touch switch solutions for a variety of applications including consumer appliances, industrial equipment and medical devices. These custom user interfaces are manufactured using Molex’s vertically-integrated design and state-of-the art manufacturing capabilities that help deliver a fast time to market. Molex has engineering and manufacturing locations in Naperville, Ill.; DongGuan, China, and Taiwan.…

Notebook Panel Prices Remain Low

Low pricing for notebook panels is putting pressure on panel makers to maintain fab loading and gain market share, according to a new IHS Inc. report. In addition, low prices coupled with oversupply is hurting their profitability. “Panel cost structure has become crucial in the struggle to stay competitive,” said Jason Hsu, supply chain senior analyst…

Verical Sets Sights on Frictionless E-Commerce

When the Internet first enabled b2b e-commerce, companies that wanted to buy and sell electronics components tried a lot of different models. Marketplaces similar to Amazon.com appeared that displayed parts for sale (called OPI—other peoples’ inventory) no matter where the parts were located. Auction sites posted inventory (the eBay model) and allowed buyers to bid.…

Arrow Partners with Resurgent on EOL Parts

Centennial, Colo.—Component obsolescence is a fact of life in the electronics industry. While it used to primarily affect OEM customers in long lifecycle industries that is no longer the case. In a move to help OEM customers better manage end-of-life (EOL) semiconductors, Arrow Electronics, Inc. is collaborating with Resurgent Semiconductor to provide its customers with access…

Purchasers: Guardians of the Production Galaxy

The world of components buying is fraught with risks. Even the newest electronics components buyer at a contract manufacturer or OEM knows the terrain is riddled with dangerous obstacles ranging from non-optimal pricing conditions to delivery bottlenecks and the more intractable challenge of dodging counterfeit parts to ensure the supply chain doesn’t become corrupt. Those…

ECIA Paper Compares Anti-Counterfeit Standards

The alphabet soup that is part of counterfeit-avoidance is difficult enough; poring through the available standards almost requires a scorecard. The ECIA has done some of the work for the industry in comparing the final rule from the Defense Acquisition Regulations System (DFARS), which added. section 252.246-7007 Contractor Counterfeit Electronic Part Detection and Avoidance System;…

July: Manufacturing Adjusts Growth Pace

After setting several high marks for the year to date in June, the domestic manufacturing industry adjusted its growth pace in July. A leading national manufacturing index, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, declined slightly from June to 52.7 percent. “The PMI was down 0.8 [percentage points] but still growing for the 31st consecutive month,”…

Conflict Minerals to Become Global in Scope?

The European Union’s proposed conflict-minerals legislation is likely to cast a much wider net than the Dodd-Frank Act in the U.S., experts say. Not only may the EU requirement add elements to the list—such as cobalt—but it may encompass any country or region that is perceived to be violating human rights. “The European conflict minerals…