How to Plan for a Risk-Adjusted Supply Chain

As millennials begin to replace baby boomers in the electronics workforce, corporate priorities are beginning to shift. Millennials place significant value on their employer’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) stance, for example. As companies try to do good, however, they are also increasing their supply chain risks. Risk mitigation has become top of mind in the…

Electronics Counterfeiters Get Their Day in Court

Just before the holidays in December 2015 the U.S. Attorney’s office in Connecticut was quite busy: three Chinese nationals were arrested and held on federal criminal complaints pertaining to counterfeit Xilinx components and stolen, military-grade semiconductors from the U.S. Navy that were set to be exported from the United States. On the same day, Jeffrey…

ECIA: DFARS Not ‘FAR’ Enough

Although the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) has undergone yet another revision, proponents of authorized distribution say that the measure still does not go far enough to protect the electronics industry from counterfeit components. The Electronics Components Industry Association, which represents electronics distributors and their suppliers, commented in December on the most recent revision…

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…

Six Trends Impacting the Manufacturing Supply Chain

Accounting for approximately 17 percent of GDP and 14 percent of employment globally, the manufacturing sector is the engine of global trade – 70 percent of the entire global trade volume stems from manufacturing companies. Against this background, supply chain concepts need to be regionalized, interconnected, more resilient and sustainable as well as more agile…

AS6496 Anti-Counterfeit Standard is Taking Root

Authorized distributors have had more than a year now to come to terms with the SAE Aerospace 6496 standard for dealing with fraudulent and counterfeit electronic components, and there appears to be growing acceptance and support for the standard, at least among U.S. companies. “Pretty much all the major North American authorized distributors have signed…

Don’t Bet Against Conflict Minerals Regulation

You couldn’t find a more Pyrrhic victory. A U.S. Appeals Court has ruled that the Conflict Minerals disclosure requirement of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act violates the First Amendment rights of manufacturing companies. The ruling, in favor of the National Association of Manufacturers, (NAM) means enterprises cannot be compelled by the Securities and Exchange Commission…

Appeals Court: Conflict Minerals Rule Violates 1st Amendment

A U.S. appeals court ruled this week that the government cannot compel companies to report whether or not their products contain so-called “conflict minerals” — gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten– mined from regions in Africa. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on Monday that the requirement that companies state…

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…

SEMI Applauds Trade Progress

SEMI has praised a plan to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and begin negotiations to finalize the deal.  Following a multiyear effort on behalf of global information and communication technology industries, a meaningful agreement now appears within reach, the organization said. SEMI (www.semi.org) worked with a host of industry and government officials in an…