Electronics Industry Gets More Time to Replace PiP 3:1

On January 6, 2021, the day the U.S. Capitol was stormed, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would introduce the Substance Control Act (TSCA) on March 8, banning five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances. One of those substances, phenol isopropylated phosphate (3:1), or PIP 3:1, is of particular concern to the electronics…

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Demand Fuels Tech Expansion, Defying Supply Headwinds

Since the onset of Covid-19 supply chain disruptions have only gotten worse. Shortages that began with global quarantines have been exacerbated by demand- and logistics-driven delays. But expectations of ongoing demand are prompting electronics companies to expand. Chip consumption, for example, isn’t going to decline. Semiconductor manufacturers are set to build 29 fabs over the…

Avnet Outlines its Post-Maxim Strategy

Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) is not commenting on changes in its distribution network now that the acquisition of Maxim Integrated Products has been finalized. But Phil Gallagher, CEO of distributor Avnet Inc., is addressing the merger for the first time since Maxim dropped two of its global broadline distributors, Avnet and one unconfirmed company. “The…

Shortages & Prices Slow U.S. Manufacturing Activity

U.S. manufacturing activity slowed in October as record-long materials lead times, shipping bottlenecks and component shortages took their toll on factories. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI dipped 0.3 percent to 60.8. last month although long-term demand signals remain robust. “New order levels remain expansive and low-customer inventories are positive for future production,” said Tim…

How CSR Improves Supply Chain Relationships

Tech companies have been among the early drivers of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives but in general, businesses lack official performance targets and policies, according to Forrester Consulting. The inability to effectively assess individual suppliers and to measure overall supply chain performance are top impediments to progress. The research found CSR’s scope has grown beyond…

How China Plus One Diversifies Supply Chain Risk

Trade wars, tariffs and geopolitical concerns have spurred global electronics manufacturers to reassess their strategies regarding China. But rather than abandon the nation entirely, China Plus One is taking hold as a way to diversify supply chain risks. “Trade dynamics with China have changed,” said Vipul Kumar, manager, procurement and supply chain intelligence for business…

Avnet Loses Maxim Line Following ADI Acquisition

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with a statement from Avnet.  Maxim Integrated Products, which was officially acquired by Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) in August, is discontinuing its relationship with distributor Avnet Inc. Maxim accounted for roughly 3 percent of Avnet’s fiscal 2021 sales of $19.5 billion. The transition will take place over the…