Newark element14: A Decade of Change

Tom Hudak’s resignation as president of Chicago-based Newark element14 this week underscores several major management and branding changes at the distributor over the past decade. Since 2003, the North American distribution business of UK-based Premier Farnell plc has had five presidents and two brands, changing from Newark Electronics to NewarkInOne and now Newark element14. While management…

Auto Safety Drives MEMS Sensor Market

Suppliers of MEMS-based sensors are logging good growth thanks to mandated automotive safety systems, including electronic stability control (ESC) and tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), according to IHS Inc. Players with strong positions in gyroscopes, accelerometers and pressure sensors needed in these systems also grew as well, according to the market research firm. The automotive…

Forecasting Is the Biggest Problem for the Supply Chain

Forecasting, also known as demand variability, tops the list of biggest challenges for the supply chain this year, according to a new report from eyefortransport (eft). Other top business challenges include inventory management/optimization, and cost containment and reduction. The 2015 Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO) Report also finds the supply chain’s forecasting challenge is its…

Smart Buildings Save Energy While Fueling Growth

Increased urbanization is creating social and environmental challenges such as water shortages, power deficits, pollution and waste water and sewage problems. To combat these challenges, governments of emerging and developed economies are focusing on smart buildings to provide the best integrated solutions. This, according to recent smart building market research, also draws attention to some…