WESCO Acquires LaPrairie, Inc.

WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications MRO and OEM products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistics services, announced today that WESCO Distribution, Inc., through its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, has completed the previously announced acquisition of LaPrairie, Inc., a wholesale distributor of electrical products located in…

SIA: Chip Sales Hit Record $305B in 2013

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that worldwide semiconductor sales for 2013 reached $305.6 billion, the industry’s highest-ever annual total and an increase of 4.8 percent from the 2012 total of $291.6 billion. Global sales for the month of December 2013 reached $26.6 billion, marking the…

ISM: Manufacturing Grows — A Bit More Slowly

 Although growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector in January wasn’t as robust as in prior periods, the nation’s leading index – the PMI — has expanded for the eighth consecutive month, according to the Institute of Supply Management.  The January PMI registered 51.3 percent, a decrease of 5.2 percentage points from December’s seasonally adjusted reading…

IPC: PCB Sales Declined 1.9% in 2013

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the December findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. PCB sales in 2013 ended the year at -1.9 percent compared to 2012. The book-to-bill ratio in December improved slightly, but remains below parity at 0.92. Slow Growth Continues Total North American PCB shipments…

EPS Adds to Roster of Executive Bloggers

Continuing its mission to empower, inform and connect professionals within the underserved global electronics purchasing and supply chain community, Electronics Purchasing Strategies (EPS) has engaged five consultants and strategists to contribute perspectives, share best practices and discuss the latest industry developments via monthly blogs. Beginning in February, EPS will feature blogs by the following contributors:…

Mouser Carrying Kemet’s NEC Tokin Line

Mouser Electronics, a leading engineering resource and global distributor of semiconductors and electronic components, today announced it is distributing KEMET’s expanded portfolio which brings together leading-edge products from KEMET’s joint venture partner NEC TOKIN to buyers and design engineers worldwide. Mouser’s expanded product offerings from KEMET include Supercapacitors, High-Current Power Inductors, AC Line Filters, Relays,…

MMB Networks to Distribute Through Avnet

Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has signed a distribution agreement with MMB Networks, a leading global designer and manufacturer of ZigBee module solutions. MMB Networks’ ZigBee modules and USB sticks provide a complete connectivity solution powered by MMB’s RapidConnect software platform, and backed up by MMB’s world-class support…

Sony Completes Buy of Renesas Fab

Renesas Electronics Corporation (“Renesas Electronics”, TSE: 6723) and Sony Corporation (“Sony”, TSE: 6758) today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to transfer a semiconductor manufacturing facility and related equipment (the “Asset Transfer”) at the Tsuruoka Factory (12-inch front-end wafer fabrication line of the semiconductor production facility) of Renesas Yamagata Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (“Renesas…

Semtech Announces Layoffs

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), http://www.semtech.com a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced a reduction in its workforce by approximately 6 percent as part of a previously announced restructuring effort that is expected to strengthen its focus and increase future operating efficiencies. As a result of these activities, the Company also expects to…