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IPC: Domestic PCB Market to Improve

Following four years of declining sales, the North American printed circuit board (PCB) market is expected to improve in 2015 and grow modestly through 2017, according to the IPC. The decline, which has been linked to slowing sales of rigid PCBs, has not been offset by increased demand for flexible PCBs, which has grown steadily…

Chinese Wearable Device Vendors Challenge Market Leaders

A new IDC report reveals that Chinese manufacturers are making significant inroads as leading wearable device vendors with volume shipments continuing to ramp significantly. Global shipment volume for wearables in the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15) totaled 21 million units, up 197.6 percent from 7.1 million units shipped in 3Q14, according to the International Data…

Manufacturing Index Hits 3-Year Low

The nation’s manufacturing industry in November contracted for the first time in 36 months, dragged down by declines in production, new orders and raw materials inventory.  The Institute for Supply Management‘s PMI—an index of U.S. purchasing managers – fell to 48.6 percent, a decrease of 1.5 percentage points from the October reading of 50.1 percent.…

CEOs: Many Businesses Lack Resilience

The electronics industry — in fact, most industries — acknowledge that the supply chain must be resilient. In order to accomplish this, however,  businesses themselves have to have resilience embedded in their infrastructure and practices. But only 29 percent of CEOs polled by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) believe they…

Emerging Markets Fuel Smartphone Demand

There is good news for electronics components suppliers in the mobile device sector. Smartphone manufacturers saw healthy demand in the third quarter (Q3) of 2015, which is expected to continue into the fourth quarter. Demand for affordable smartphones in emerging markets fueled worldwide sales of smartphones in Q3 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. Global sales of smartphones…

Flex Acquires Smart Home Platform Wink

One of the more appealing aspects of the IoT is the diversity of companies that are entering the market. Pascal Fernandez, vice president of distributor Avnet Inc.’s Velocity, EMEA, recently said companies outside of the electronics industry are developing products and applications that may find their way into the IoT. Many companies already in electronics are…

Yole: Flip Chip Investment Reboots in 2018

Due to the growth of the semiconductor business, the wider adoption of Cu pillar solutions and the introduction of flip chip technology for LED and CMOS image sensors (CIS) applications, the flip chip market is expanding. However, market research firm Yole Développement (Yole) expects flip chip capacity will max out by 2017, requiring new investment…

Molex Makes Big Move into Smart LED Lighting

In a move to bolster its LED lighting solutions business, Molex, LLC  is launching its Transcend Connected Lighting System in collaboration with Cisco and luminaire manufacturer partners. The new system is designed to accelerate the deployment of smart LED lighting control using secure network architectures in commercial buildings, educational facilities, healthcare facilities, and manufacturing and…