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Study: Pace of Reshoring Decelerates

The trend known as reshoring remains controversial, depending on how success is measured. Many companies have been persuaded by incentives to not move offshore, and several large electronics manufacturers, including Apple Inc., have opened factories within the U.S. But when compared with the number of companies moving to other regions, reshoring comes up short. In 2015,…

Manufacturing Takes Double Dip in December

Although the overall economy grew for the 79th consecutive month in December, the U.S. manufacturing industry contracted for the second consecutive month. The Institute for Supply Management’s leading manufacturing index, the PMI, declined by 0.4 percent from the November level to 48.2 percent. Any number below 50 indicates the industry is contracting. The data surprised…

The New Era of Supply Chain Collaboration

Certainly the M&A and consolidation story has been big this year for the semiconductor and electronics industry. With this comes a number of changes and adjustments, be they partner or component line shifts, logistics, EOL, pricing and so forth. However these are not, in the least, new moments for our industry. Nestled among the strategic…

Could IoT Uplift 2016?

The industry’s next white knight has taken many forms, though none has proven as resilient as PC-refresh cycles. Great expectations now rest with the Internet of Things (IoT), which the electronics industry hopes will build into a crescendo of “Things” that will provide demand for components, networking infrastructure, and so forth. This scenario, of course,…

Connector Consolidation: The Big Get Bigger

Mergers and acquisitions are often a double-edged sword for the electronics supply chain. Several high-profile semiconductor M&As this year have analysts praising the financial soundness of the mergers and the expansion of product portfolios. For purchasing professionals, buying more products from fewer vendors help consolidate their supplier base. At the same time, M&A also means…

U.S. Manufacturers: 4.1% Growth Forecast in 2016

The domestic manufacturing industry—which appears to be ending 2015 on a sour note – expects moderate growth in 2016. The U.S. manufacturing base in November contracted for the first time in three years, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s  leading business index.  For 2016, 63 percent of respondents to the ISM’s Semiannual Economic Forecast…