Chip Maker Mergers: When 1+1=Risk

There will always be certain risks that a business can expect: a management turnover; a market correction; or taking on too much debt. In the electronics supply chain, the industry has become better at spotting risks, such as those that come with manufacturing and sourcing products offshore. But the more subtle risks, said Tom Galligani,…

Semiconductor Assoc. Applauds Passage of TPA

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) this week today applauded Congress for approving the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. Although passage of the TPA puts the U.S. closer to a controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the SIA said the TPA “will strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry and [the U.S.]  economy by paving the way for…

What Happens to Purchasing When Suppliers Merge?

Purchasers fret when suppliers merge. As well they should. Continuity of supplies is critical to success in the procurement world and nothing threatens this more than mergers and acquisition activities. An acquisition can result in the elimination of product lines, derailing carefully laid out procurement plans. A spate of recent acquisitions in the semiconductor market…

Murata Bolsters IoT Focus

Smyrna, Ga. – Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has optimized its Broadcom-enabled wireless modules to easily integrate with Freescale’s i.MX applications processors for smart, secure and connected solutions in the consumer, industrial and automotive segments. The electronic components manufacturer also announced it has joined the Freescale Connect Partner Program as a Proven Partner. The partnership leverages Freescale’s i.MX applications…

India’s Rise to Further Shift Global Electronics Supply Chain

India presents a very interesting opportunity for the semiconductor and electronics industry: it is the most recent Cinderella Story among the emerging market economies, benefitting from global economic shifts — low oil and strong dollar, especially, are enhancing the strong and sustainable growth plan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As discussed in a recent EPS…

China Makes Inroads in TV Outsourcing

China is no longer a destination for offshoring — it is becoming more of an an outsourcing economy in its own right. Because certain TFT LCD panels were scarce in 2014, according to IHS, top TV brands turned to TV subcontract manufacturers in China. BOE and TCL were chosen for their semi-set outsourcing and original…

NAND Flash Market Expands; Prices Decline

The global NAND flash market is growing at a CAGR of 10.1 percent to 2019, with market revenue expected to top $49 billion by 2019, according to the research report Global NAND Flash Market 2015-2019. At the same time, lower materials and manufacturing costs are helping manufacturers decrease NAND-flash ASPs. NAND flash-based storage devices are now considered…

2 Acquisitions in 2 Years: Sager Buys Norvell

When several now-global distributors were busy gobbling up competitors in the 1990s, Sager Electronics maintained its laser-focus on its specialty products – IP&E—and its position in the Americas market. Although not historically acquisitive, Sager – with its announcement it would acquire Norvell Electronics Inc., headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, — has made its second acquisition in…

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…