Labor Strife Dampens Year-End Manufacturing Stats

The electronics industry has literally spent decades improving its supply chain. It only takes one glitch, however, to disrupt the entire process. The manufacturing  industry was reminded of this fact in December as a work slowdown in U.S. ports impacted several key manufacturing indices. “The West Coast ports slow-down is really affecting deliveries of our Asian purchases,” said…

Strong Growth for Semiconductor Industry in 2014

El Segundo, Calif. – Revenue growth in the global semiconductor industry is forecast to grow by 9.4 percent in 2014 thanks to broad-based growth across multiple chip segments, according to the latest research from IHS Technology. This is the industry’s best performance since 2010, when the industry grew 33 percent, reports IHS. Global revenue is expected…

Sensors: Biggest Growth Opportunity for Semiconductor Industry

Santa Clara, Calif. – Sensors are expected to provide the strongest sector growth opportunity for the semiconductor industry in 2015, according to the annual Global Semiconductor Industry Survey from KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm. Sixty-one percent of survey respondents predict sensors will provide the biggest opportunity for growth next year. Other…

Buyers: Online Research Essential to Supplier Selection

The 2014 UPS B2B Buyers Insight Study found that buyers consider online research essential to the supplier selection process. Industrial supplies purchasers were asked to identify their preferred method for researching industrial products.  The majority of respondents reported that a supplier’s website (68%) and search engines (52%) are their preferred methods. Similarly, respondents were asked to identify…

10 Trends That Will Drive Manufacturing in 2015

Manufacturing activity in the U.S. has been steadily growing all year, and capital investment usually accompanies growth. Over the next few years, manufacturers will be leaning more heavily on IT to help them face the challenges of emerging markets; compliance; and increasing efficiency, IDC Manufacturing Insights reports. Connectivity will play a major role in helping…

NAND Flash Market Primed for 12% Growth in 2015

Taipei – Good news for buyers and manufacturers of NAND Flash. Lower production costs for NAND Flash thanks to improving technology will drive higher demand for devices, including SSDs and eMMCs, next year, according to DRAMeXchange, a research division of TrendForce. The NAND Flash market is forecast to reach as high as $27.6 billion at…

5 DRAM Trends to Watch in 2015

Memory chip makers have never had much problem selling lots of DRAM, but making money at it hasn’t always been easy. According to TrendForce, 2014 will be one year that’s been profitable for the memory market, and if it’s up to vendors, 2015 will be as well. Tier-one manufacturers, benefiting from the global smartphone boom,…