Is the Industry Ready for Off-, Right- and Near-Shoring?

The high-tech industry has spent the better part of two decades working the kinks out of a supply chain that expanded rapidly into China. In addition to the bureaucracy the move entailed – many companies had to partner with a Chinese company in order to literally get a foot on the ground—the logistics of designing…

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The Shortcomings of “Follow the Components”

One of the commonly held beliefs within the electronics supply chain is that traceability – tracking a component from the factory through its insertion into an end product—will go a long way toward preventing counterfeiting. If a user at any point in the supply chain can flag a suspect component, they can prevent its passage…

The Digital Supply Chain is Operating Below its Potentials

Although the growth of the Internet has been fairly constant over many years, it has in fact been driven by profound changes in usage patterns. One such change was the advent of social technology platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn and WeChat that for the first time have brought shared identities and interactions to the public web.…

Manufacturing Ends 1H 2015 Better Than it Started

The U.S. manufacturing industry closed the first half of the year in better shape than it started, but it’s still facing a few headwinds. After a number of fits and starts over the past few months the Institute for Supply Management’s June PMI—a leading manufacturing business indicator—is hovering around the 53 percent mark and ticked up…

Temperature & Image Sensors ‘Hot’ Through 2020

Temperature sensors, in a word, will remain “hot” in North America and Europe.  Thanks to demand from both the industrial and consumer market segments, sales of temperature sensors are expected to grow at a decent clip in those regions through 2020. In Europe, the market is expected to increase to $1.36 billion by 2018, with…

Man Admits Smuggling Components to Russia

Component manufacturers and their distributors go to great lengths to comply with U.S. laws that restrict the sale of certain high-tech goods to nations that are considered unfriendly to the United States. These laws, in part, are designed to protect U.S. intellectual property and to keep weapons- and intelligence-based technologies out of the hands of…

How Procurement Can Better Evaluate Risk vs. Opportunity

The semiconductor and electronics supply chain, like many other industries, is experiencing a renewed round of diversification strategies. There are a myriad of reasons and market opportunities driving the strategic shifts, but the bottom line remains a unified goal of increased business (volume and revenue) at improved costs with ever more finely managed risks. Among…

Chip Maker Mergers: When 1+1=Risk

There will always be certain risks that a business can expect: a management turnover; a market correction; or taking on too much debt. In the electronics supply chain, the industry has become better at spotting risks, such as those that come with manufacturing and sourcing products offshore. But the more subtle risks, said Tom Galligani,…

Semiconductor Assoc. Applauds Passage of TPA

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) this week today applauded Congress for approving the bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation. Although passage of the TPA puts the U.S. closer to a controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the SIA said the TPA “will strengthen the U.S. semiconductor industry and [the U.S.]  economy by paving the way for…