Infineon’s Cypress Buy Shouldn’t Shake the Channel

Buyers probably won’t see a shakeup in the distribution channel as Infineon Technologies embarks on its $10 billion acquisition of Cypress Semiconductors. Both chip companies sell through global volume distributors Arrow Electronics Inc., Avnet Inc. and Future Electronics Inc. They also have Digi-Key, Mouser and Newark in common, small-volume (or “catalog”) distributors that cater to…

U.S.-China Trade War: Supply Chain Crisis or Opportunity?

Editor’s note on Special Project U.S.-China Trade War Damages Done: A permanent trade war with China has already thrust the supply chain in a mad scramble. Procurement costs have increased; partnerships have been severed; and companies have been forced to relocate manufacturing. Still, some companies see the conflict as a path toward differentiation President Trump’s…

A Wild Week; EDS Wraps, and a Bumpy H2 for Component Demand

As component manufacturers and distributors gathered for the annual EDS trade show, fears of a 2019 recession had largely abated. The year could end slightly ahead of 2018, one global distributor projected, assuming the market environment remains “normal.” That was Wednesday. By Friday, the U.S. had escalated its trade war with China and the supply…

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Purchasers Forecast Revenue & Production Capacity Growth in 2019

Purchasing managers and supply chain executives in manufacturing industries in the U.S. expect the economy to continue to grow throughout 2019, according to the latest economic report from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). At the same time, many in the manufacturing sector said tariffs are negatively impacting business and the supply chain. Nearly 60…

3 Tips for Sourcing Box Build Services

When sourcing box build services, manufacturers must evaluate the sophistication of the provider’s assembly tools and methods, the strength of its engineering team, and the breadth of its capabilities. Sophistication of tools & methods Sophistication of tools does not always mean shiny new million-dollar equipment. It can be as simple as using specialized hand tools…