Benchmarking: It Assures Better Pricing

Over the 4 years since Lytica Inc. launched our electronic component benchmarking tool set, we’ve concluded there are 4 reasons why companies don’t benchmark their electronic component expenses for competitiveness. There are assumed to be four reasons why companies don’t benchmark component prices. These are: Comfortable with the status quo Believe they are getting great/better…

Do OLEDs Have a Future in Solid State Lighting?

Organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology holds a lot of promise for mobile devices which are only going to proliferate in both the business and consumer markets. OLED, which is used for displays, uses very little power, can be applied to flexible substrates such as plastic, doesn’t wash out in bright sunlight and needs no…

ZTE Ban Weighs on Electronics Supply Chain

ZTE Corp. was the primary target but a decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce restricting the sale of electronics components to the Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer is reverberating throughout the industry. Executives at component suppliers, distributors and OEMs said they are monitoring the situation and have implemented further supply chain vetting actions to avoid…

How to Plan for a Risk-Adjusted Supply Chain

As millennials begin to replace baby boomers in the electronics workforce, corporate priorities are beginning to shift. Millennials place significant value on their employer’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) stance, for example. As companies try to do good, however, they are also increasing their supply chain risks. Risk mitigation has become top of mind in the…

Midsized Manufacturers Expect to Outpace Market

Financial executives of small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturing businesses are optimistic about their growth prospects for 2016, according to research from the buying consortium PrimeAdvantage. At the same time, CFO confidence in the U.S. economy has fallen from last year with slightly more than half of executives – 54 percent — expressing optimism. This is…

Industry Tackles Technology & Sourcing Issues

Military and aerospace devices used to be the gold standard for quality and performance back in the days when the U.S. defense industry was one of the world’s biggest consumers of electronics components. Now, some industry experts believe, quality and performance advancements are being rivalled by the automotive industry. “It’s interesting —  the trends we…

Supply Chain Goals Misaligned with Execution

An optimal supply chain relies on alignment – between supply and demand, or goals and execution – for success. But a recent report has found a significant misalignment between the business objectives of a strategic supply chain and the resources dedicated toward achieving that goal. Of 250 senior manufacturing executives polled by GT Nexus, which…

Case Study: ZeeVee Onshore and Offshore

When ZeeVee Inc. was founded in 2007, its principals knew exactly where it would manufacture: China. A significant number of OEMs and electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers had spent the prior decade moving manufacturing facilities there, so ZeeVee decided to follow best practices at that time. Today, ZeeVee, a manufacturer of video and signal distribution…

Manufacturing Contracts 4th Month in a Row

Manufacturing in the U.S. contracted for the fourth consecutive month in January, signaling what’s likely to be a slow climb back to growth for the early part of 2016. The nation’s leading manufacturing index, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, registered 48.2 percent in January, increasing only 0.2 percent from its level of 48.0 in…

Chip Market Forecast to Grow 4% in 2016

The uncertain global economy will continue to have a dampening effect on the semiconductor market, according to two leading analyst firms. While the chip industry had been able to outperform the overall electronics market for decades, chip makers have had to grow accustomed to a more sedate pace of growth. IC Insights and Future Horizons both have forecast…