Chip Maker Mergers: When 1+1=Risk

There will always be certain risks that a business can expect: a management turnover; a market correction; or taking on too much debt. In the electronics supply chain, the industry has become better at spotting risks, such as those that come with manufacturing and sourcing products offshore. But the more subtle risks, said Tom Galligani,…

Semiconductor Assoc. Applauds Passage of TPA

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) this week today applauded Congress for approving the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. Although passage of the TPA puts the U.S. closer to a controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the SIA said the TPA “will strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry and [the U.S.]  economy by paving the way for…

India’s Rise to Further Shift Global Electronics Supply Chain

India presents a very interesting opportunity for the semiconductor and electronics industry: it is the most recent Cinderella Story among the emerging market economies, benefitting from global economic shifts — low oil and strong dollar, especially, are enhancing the strong and sustainable growth plan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As discussed in a recent EPS…

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Social Media Isn’t Social (Al Said So)

People that have been successful in one career tend to re-create that success in the next—even if the ‘next’ career technically is retirement. Al Maag, former longtime communications officer for Avnet Inc., has published a book drawing from his experiences in life and at global distributor Avnet. Al’s book, Social Media Isn’t Social (SparkPress), on…

Industrial Internet Reference Architecture Released

As “cool” as smart homes may be, the success of the Internet of Things (IoT) may rely more on industrial applications.  In the electronics industry, consumer products have a relatively short lifecycle while the industrial market boasts long equipment lifespans and stability. How quickly either market will ramp up, however, depends largely on the ability…

Reverse Logistics and Consumer Electronics: A Booming Business

When is the last time you sat in a waiting room or on a bus without people staring down into their phones or tablets? Do you remember your first, or second, or third television, radio, computer, or phone? Can you recall how you disposed of them? The Consumer Electronics world is exploding. It’s growing, and…

How Intel/Altera Will Impact the Channel

The likely effects of the Intel/Altera merger are far-reaching, but there are important themes that cross channel lines and speak to the continuity of industry trends. The viewpoint from the independent distribution channel, for example, is unique.  Different channel partners are, naturally, anticipating different changes to their supplier-distributor relationships and likely will see increases in…

German Distributor Rutronik Expands to Americas

The announcement is vaguely reminiscent of the 1990s: A successful distributor in its domestic market is duplicating its model overseas. This time, however, it’s a European company establishing itself in the U.S. Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH, founded in 1973 in Ispringen, Germany, has opened its U.S. headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. (See facts and figures, below.) Its…