Conflict Minerals to Become Global in Scope?

The European Union’s proposed conflict-minerals legislation is likely to cast a much wider net than the Dodd-Frank Act in the U.S., experts say. Not only may the EU requirement add elements to the list—such as cobalt—but it may encompass any country or region that is perceived to be violating human rights. “The European conflict minerals…

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Chip Mergers: For Arrow, So Far, So Good

So far, Intel Corp.’s acquisition of Altera Corp. has not affected either supplier’s relationship with global distributor Arrow Electronics Inc. Although neither company was mentioned by name, Arrow CEO Mike Long told analysts on a quarterly conference call this week that consolidation in the semiconductor market — which also includes NXP/Freescale and Avago/Broadcom — has…

Managing Innovation and Innovating Management in Electronics

Managing innovation is not necessarily about product or component innovation – it is importantly also about knowing how to extend strategic models into new markets, whether geographic and/or business. Just as the semiconductor and electronics supply chain continues to diversify and penetrate more deeply into once niche markets (e.g., automotive, health and fitness, industrial automation,…

Striking a Bimodal Balance in the Supply Chain

Balancing growth, innovation, and efficiencies to move into increasingly competitive markets comprises a directive that extends across executive responsibilities and into supply chain relationships. This balance is part and parcel of a set of strategic challenges not only for the semiconductor and electronics supply chain, but also across many industries. In the electronics industry, where…

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,…

Procurement’s Biggest Problem: Risky Supply Chains

The biggest external challenge for businesses is supply chain risk, according to a new procurement study conducted by Xchanging plc, a business technology and services provider. The study of 830 procurement professionals across the UK, Europe and North America reveals that 77 percent of respondents believe supply chain risk is the biggest challenge to their…

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…

How Procurement Can Better Evaluate Risk vs. Opportunity

The semiconductor and electronics supply chain, like many other industries, is experiencing a renewed round of diversification strategies. There are a myriad of reasons and market opportunities driving the strategic shifts, but the bottom line remains a unified goal of increased business (volume and revenue) at improved costs with ever more finely managed risks. Among…