Covid-19, MLCC, Thailand, electronics, components, Southeast Asia

Covid-19 Impacts MLCC, Resistor, Smartphone and 5G Supplies

Editor’s note: Our colleagues in China, Taiwan and other regions in Southeast Asia continue to report, from the ground, on the coronavirus’s impact on the electronics industry. ESMChina shared the following update. At least 30 countries around the world have declared a state of emergency, according to EPSNews sister publication ESMChina, as Covid-19 continues to…

Covid-19, supply chain

AI & Automation Aid Supply Chain in Wake of Covid-19

The reality of Covid-19 has settled into the electronics supply chain as shipment delays, labor shortages and flight cancellations have upended global logistics. Although the tech industry has improved supply chain resilience, new technologies are gaining traction as the coronavirus spreads. The previous weeks have focused on Chinese supply as manufacturing slowly recovered across the…

Covid-19, components, shipments

Component Makers Don’t Expect a Q2 Recovery From Covid-19

Electronic component manufacturers (OCMs) and their OEM/EMS customers say they don’t have much visibility into their partners’ supply chains. During the coronavirus outbreak, that visibility may determine how quickly the electronics industry bounces back from a prolonged China shutdown. A survey the ECIA conducted on Feb. 7 found a majority of OCMs didn’t know how…

U.S. Factory Activity Stagnates as Coronavirus Disrupts Supply

U.S. factory activity declined in February as new orders contracted and concerns about coronavirus-related supply chain disruption spread across industries. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI is clinging to expansion at 50.1 percent, down from 50.9 percent in January. Fifty is the line of demarcation between expansion and contraction. “Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the…

Flex Envisions AR/VR in the Future of Manufacturing

As augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) technologies come of age, manufacturers are finding ways to adopt these technologies on a variety of  fronts, including product development, training, maintenance, repair and worker safety. Flex, a $25 billion electronics design and manufacturing services (EMS) provider, envisions expanding that universe even further. AR/VR is so important to the…

Factory Index Rebounds After 5-Month Contraction

U.S. factory activity unexpectedly rebounded in January after contracting for five straight months amid a surge in new orders. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI reached 50.9 percent, an increase of 3.1 percentage points from the seasonally adjusted December reading of 47.8 percent. The improvement in the PMI likely reflects ebbing trade tensions between the…

Supply Chain Braces for Coronavirus Fallout

Global technology companies have made employees their priority as the deadly coronavirus spreads across the Chinese mainland and beyond. Late Thursday afternoon, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus a global public health emergency. Apple has restricted employee travel and closed several stores. Avnet has asked employees to work from home. Peugeot and Citroen…