Buyers: Online Research Essential to Supplier Selection

The 2014 UPS B2B Buyers Insight Study found that buyers consider online research essential to the supplier selection process. Industrial supplies purchasers were asked to identify their preferred method for researching industrial products.  The majority of respondents reported that a supplier’s website (68%) and search engines (52%) are their preferred methods. Similarly, respondents were asked to identify…

Evolving Distribution Models Defy Classification

The electronics distribution industry has evolved to the point that the old monikers used to differentiate companies no longer apply. Distributors that used to print phonebook-sized tomes of component specs now do the bulk of their business online. “Catalog” no longer describes distributors that specialize in low-volume high-mix component orders. Now, “independent,” which was used…

NAND Flash Market Primed for 12% Growth in 2015

Taipei – Good news for buyers and manufacturers of NAND Flash. Lower production costs for NAND Flash thanks to improving technology will drive higher demand for devices, including SSDs and eMMCs, next year, according to DRAMeXchange, a research division of TrendForce. The NAND Flash market is forecast to reach as high as $27.6 billion at…

5 DRAM Trends to Watch in 2015

Memory chip makers have never had much problem selling lots of DRAM, but making money at it hasn’t always been easy. According to TrendForce, 2014 will be one year that’s been profitable for the memory market, and if it’s up to vendors, 2015 will be as well. Tier-one manufacturers, benefiting from the global smartphone boom,…

Power Group Tackles Second-Source Dilemma

New technologies almost always have an advantage over their predecessors and engineers love to try out leading-edge products. But for purchasing, this dynamic creates a dilemma: suppliers often develop products or platforms that are unique to that vendor. OEMs and their manufacturing partners may end up with a single source for a product – a…

Industrial Sector Helps Drive Component Demand

The electronic components industry, particularly semiconductors, is getting a big boost from industrial applications. The global market for industrial semiconductors is forecast to increase by 12.9 percent in 2014, reaching $38.5 billion, according to new research from IHS Technology. The growth is attributed to “continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy,” the two largest…

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Can Distributors Capitalize on Service?

 The electronics supply chain has known for some time that only so much growth is available through the sale of hardware such as components and computer systems.  Prices of mature products continue to go down, and new products don’t hold their value for as long as they used to. The next logical step is to…

Electronica Highlights Global Supply Chain and Demand for Agility

Electronica celebrated its 50th anniversary this year in Munich, Germany and the attendance hit a record-breaking 73,000+ attendees from over 80 countries. This year especially, Electronica  had an even more pronounced global feeling and with that came the repeated requests and recognition that manufacturers need flexible services along the supply chain. Globalization and diversification of…

Combo Sensors Set For Surge

Sensors are a key component in driving the Internet of Things (IoT), which in turn will drive phenomenal growth in the electronics components market for the foreseeable future. Sensor technology continues to evolve, and sensors that measure more than one input—heat, light, liquid, motion etc.– on a single device are poised to soon overtake discrete…

China’s Memory Consumption Reaches 20%

China’s appetite for electronics continues to grow in spite of some recent softness in its manufacturing sector. As of this year, nearly 4.789 billion DRAM chips and 3.518 billion NAND Flash chips from the 2Gb category have been consumed in China, accounting for 19.2 percent and 20.6 percent, respectively, of the world’s total DRAM and…