Manufacturing Still Sluggish in March

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 27th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 70th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®. The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management®(ISM®)Manufacturing…

North American PCB Book-to-Bill Strengthens

Bannockburn, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the February findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Although sales remained sluggish, bookings increased over last year, strengthening the book-to-bill ratio. Total North American PCB shipments decreased 1.1 percent in February 2015 from February 2014, bringing year-to-date shipment growth to -1.6…

RS Components Adds HARTING Han Ex Connectors

Taipei — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has extended its range of interconnection solutions serving industries such as mining, chemicals, process automation, and oil and gas, with the addition of HARTING Han® Ex connectors for use in potentially explosive environments. Han Ex connectors meet the intrinsic safety requirements of CENELEC equipment…

Molex Receives John Deere Supplier Innovation Award

Lisle, Ill. – Molex Incorporated, a global manufacturer of complete interconnect solutions, has been selected for the first time as a recipient of a John Deere supplier innovation award for 2014.  John Deere presented the award to Molex representatives at a formal ceremony hosted in Bettendorf, Iowa. Award selections are based on four factors – creativity, feasibility, collaboration,…

ISM Releases New Standards for Supply Chain Excellence

Phoenix, Ariz. – The supply chain management function is rapidly moving to the spotlight as a key driver of profitability and performance for successful enterprises. In today’s hypercompetitive business environment, having visionary leaders and great products isn’t enough to ensure success.  As a result, Thomas W. Derry, Chief Executive Officer of Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) emphasizes the need…

TTI Carrying Molex MXP120 Sealed ConnectorSystem

A high-performance, 1.20mm in-line connector system from Molex is now available in Europe from TTI, Inc., the world’s leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components.  The new Molex MXP120™ Sealed ConnectorSystem for automotive and commercial vehicles is designed to replace more usual 1.50mm terminals in in-line harness applications, saving space and providing…

RFMW Names Supplier Business Manager

RFMW, Ltd. announces that Mark Millhollin has joined RFMW as a Supplier Business Manager.  Mr. Millhollin will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic business plans for various suppliers on the RFMW line card. Prior to joining RFMW, Mr. Millhollin’s background included Corporate Supplier Manager at Arrow/Richardson RFPD, Director of Supplier Management at Avnet, Americas…

POET Technologies Inks Deal With BAE Systems

POET Technologies Inc. (TSX VENTURE:PTK) (POETF) – developer of the planar opto-electronic technology (“POET”) platform for monolithic fabrication of integrated circuit devices containing both electronic and optical elements on a single semiconductor wafer – today announced the signing of a collaboration agreement with BAE Systems Microelectronics and corporate updates, in particular the formation of a…