Where’s the Growth? Suppliers Seek Validation

AVX Corp. CEO John Gilbertson has been in the electronics components business long enough to know growth signs when they start cropping up in key industry segments like automotive, cloud storage, defense and telecom. Anecdotal reports, though, aren’t quite as reliable as definite component orders and as a company that sells 44 percent of its…

Prepping the Supply Chain for Internet of Everything

The current estimates for how the Internet of Things (IoT) will impact the global economy runs into trillions of dollars. Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), expects “50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020” and says the activities related to IoT would could amount to $19 trillion “in value” for enterprises and…

Restoring Trust in High-Tech Product Integrity

The U.S. government data mining and spying program conducted by the National Security Agency dealt a crippling blow to trust and confidence in the integrity of business intelligence and products following its revelation by former contractor Edward Snowden. In the electronics industry, the process of cleaning up the mess and restoring confidence in the relationships…

Apple China Hire Links Engineering & Sourcing

Apple Inc. is reportedly hiring more than 600 engineers and supply chain professionals in China as the world’s biggest consumer electronics manufacturer by market value responds to growing challenges from a swarm of competitors threatening its once unrivalled domination of the smartphone and tablet PC markets. News reports indicate Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is adding engineers…

Arrow CEO: Components Market is ‘Stable’

Michael Long, as chairman and CEO of global components distributor Arrow Electronics Inc., has a vantage position from where he can observe trends and events as they unfold in the global high-tech industry. That’s why many in the electronics industry pay close attention when Long speaks about the condition and direction of the market, especially…

High-Tech Needs Gap From NSA Phone Mess

There’s a fine line between what a government must do to protect its citizens and territorial integrity and what businesses must do to compete successful. The U.S. government has erased that distinction at the expense of high-tech firms’ credibility. It’s time to re-establish the differences, globally, before things get worse. In general, technology companies in…