Tips For Thriving in a Flat IP&E Market

In some circumstances – political leadership, for example – long-term stability is a good thing. In the interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) market, a little upward or even downward momentum would be a welcome change for many companies in the electronics supply chain. “From the leadtime perspective, there has been very little change [from 2013],”…

Methode Rides High on Automotive

Methode Electronics Inc. is bracing for the usual turbulence and poor visibility in several of its market segments but the components vendor appears well buffered by new design wins at major customers, improving manufacturing efficiencies and prospects for higher sales into the automotive markets. With quarterly sales surging the supplier of interconnects, power and other…

Manufacturing Shifts Toward a Multi-Source Strategy

This week’s announcement that Whirlpool Corp. is doubling the size of its Greenville, Ohio manufacturing plant and adding 400 jobs is another example of how U.S. manufacturing is moving back onshore. Or is it? Onshoring (or reshoring) is occurring, according to Wade McDaniel, vice president for solutions development for global distributor Avnet Inc., but so…

Risk & Volatility is the New Supply Chain ‘Norm’

The global electronics supply chain is riddled with risk, a phenomenon that won’t go away anytime soon and which companies must respond to by proactively identifying challenges within their operations and then collaborating with partners and suppliers to reduce their exposure, according to Pascal Fernandez, VP of business development at Avnet Velocity, a unit of…

Smith & Associates: Independent but Quality Obsessed

Many high-tech companies — and rock bands — are famous for being started in garages.  The $586 million distributor N.F. Smith & Associates had a similar beginning, except it was out of a living room. “Whenever I think about our start-up today, I remember for an eight-year period we had huge challenges: we were undercapitalized,…

Hudak Puts Newark element14 on ‘World Class’ Track

Tom Hudak, who recently took the reins of Chicago-based Newark element14, has three goals for the high-service distributor. He wants Newark element14 to be a great company to do business with, invest in, and work for. To meet these objectives, Hudak is putting plans in place to meet specific goals and metrics that will measure the…

PEI-Genesis Evolves While Maintaining its Niche

Philadelphia-based PEI-Genesis  has a highly-focused business model that the company is taking global.  The specialty distributor provides custom connector and related assemblies with a two-day turnaround. After venturing into the EU in 2001, PEI-Genesis has set its sights on the Asia-Pacific region. (See: It’s Never Too Late For China and PEI-Genesis Prepares for Expansion Into…

Top 10 Electronics Supply Chain Risks

The global electronics supply chain will this year confront again some of its old demons and dozens of new ones, ranging from natural disasters to man-made misadventures, management blunders, troubled acquisitions and failing to anticipate and respond to changing market conditions. So far, though, nothing on the horizon indicates the electronics industry should be bracing…

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Micron: Memory IC Outlook ‘Very Favorable’

Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MU) is starting 2014 with a boatload of good news for shareholders in terms of its latest financial performance and outlook for the year ahead. The semiconductor manufacturer’s recent quarter results trumped analysts’ average estimates with sales more than doubling year-over-year and gross profit margins surging 7 percentage points sequentially, an…