Jabil Posts Loss in Q2

Today Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL), announced preliminary, unaudited financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2014. As a result of the anticipated sale of Jabil’s aftermarket services business, this business is reported as “discontinued operations” in the unaudited financial results for all periods presented. The company reported second quarter revenue of $3.6…

Counterfeit Vulnerability: We’re All in the Same Boat

Smith & Associates recently compiled the full report of responses from this year’s annual Global Supply Chain Survey, which considers a number of core topics that shape the semiconductor and electronics industry, including: challenges and concerns, component demand trends,  counterfeit vulnerability and mitigation strategies, sustainability, influential technologies, and the role of independent distributors. Among the…

EMS/ODM Market Reaches $360B in 2013

was The EMS and ODM market valued at about $363.8 billion in 2013. ReportsnReports.com offers the “Global and China EMS and ODM Industry Report, 2013-2014.” The EMS and ODM market covers telecommunications and network equipment, communications terminals (mobile phone), computers (including desktop PC, laptop, Tablet PC), computer peripherals (including HDD, display, printer, etc.), consumer electronics…

Flextronics Expands Lighting Portfolio

Following the introduction of its Lighting Solutions portfolio in October 2013, Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX) today announced the addition of two new product lines of energy efficient lighting fixtures to help commercial and industrial businesses lower their facility energy costs and achieve energy efficiency goals. The Company also announced that Architectural SSL magazine awarded a product…

IPC: EMS Growth Set to Resume

Electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers – with the possible exception of mega-EMS Foxconn – have been struggling to maintain the kind of growth they have experienced in prior years. That’s unlikely to resume given the single-digit profit margins that have become SOP for the industry. However, according to the IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® ,…

Readers Weigh in on Xilinx-Flex Suit

Many readers have weighed in about the Xilinx-Flextronics suit (See: Xilinx Sues Flextronics for Alleged Fraudulent Chip Resale and The Multiple Dangers of Component Resale) and have made a number of good points I’d like to share here. First, it does not appear that the channel, authorized or independent,  was involved in the transaction. Although…

Jabil to Sell Aftermarket Unit for $725M

Jabil Circuit Inc. (NYSE: JBL) has announced plans to sell its aftermarket support business to iQor Holdings Inc. for $725 million as the electronics manufacturing services provider intensifies its multiyear reorganization and cost-reduction programs. The EMS provider said the decision to sell the aftermarket services (AMS) division is in furtherance of plans to focus primarily…