Manufacturing Pace Slides on China & Currency Woes

It’s difficult not to be concerned over recent economic indicators and the stock market’s roller coaster ride, but the Institute for Supply Management, which tracks U.S. manufacturing activity, notes that domestic production expanded in August for the 75th consecutive month. Unfortunately, that expansion was at the slowest rate the country has seen since May 2013. The…

Enterprise Labeling: A Defense Against Counterfeits Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we discuss how counterfeit and obsolete electronics have been discovered in missile guidance systems and hundred-million-dollar aircraft, causing serious security problems for the U.S. Department of Defense and its contractors. In Part 2 we ask What About the Commercial Supply Chain? The notion of a commercial supply chain laden…

Enterprise Labeling: A Defense Against Counterfeits Part 1

As a serious challenge to today’s global electronics supply chain, counterfeiting and gray market diversion of electronics components threaten the integrity of products for manufacturers. Counterfeits and obsolete electronics components contribute to dangerous business exposure for manufacturer’s customers, and compromise health and safety for consumers. Clearly, new solutions are needed to improve electronics supply chain…

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“Smart Transportation:” An Oxymoron

Full disclosure: I live in Boston. So any discussion about “smart transportation” likely applies to the Rest of the World (ROW). The global market for smart transportation already is $45 billion, according to a recent report. This includes the networks and infrastructure that enables things like Fast Lane (cashless) tolls to operate. One of the…

Diversification Yields Positive Results for Sanmina

Sanmina Corp. is the new investors’ darling of the contract manufacturing industry. Its stock price has surged at a double-digit clip in recent days despite tepid sales growth and amidst continuing signs visibility into end-markets remain limited. What accounts for this disparity? Sanmina isn’t exactly the same company it was only a few years ago.…

Flexible Displays Gain Market Share

While flexible displays enable a host of new applications – roll-up displays, for example – the things they don’t do are also appealing. Flexible displays – which can be made on substrates such as plastic –don’t break as easily as glass, for example. One of the issues that’s been holding advancement of this technology back…

Scent Technology Set to Grow by 30% Through 2020

Some of the deadliest threats to human lives are things that can’t be seen, heard, smelled or touched. In fact, scents are added to substances such as natural gas so leaks can be identified before they overwhelm victims—or explode. Technology can also help avert disasters.  Scent technology is expected to grow rapidly, by 30.4 percent,…

Is the Industry Ready for Off-, Right- and Near-Shoring?

The high-tech industry has spent the better part of two decades working the kinks out of a supply chain that expanded rapidly into China. In addition to the bureaucracy the move entailed – many companies had to partner with a Chinese company in order to literally get a foot on the ground—the logistics of designing…