Electronics Counterfeiters Get Their Day in Court

Just before the holidays in December 2015 the U.S. Attorney’s office in Connecticut was quite busy: three Chinese nationals were arrested and held on federal criminal complaints pertaining to counterfeit Xilinx components and stolen, military-grade semiconductors from the U.S. Navy that were set to be exported from the United States. On the same day, Jeffrey…

Study: Pace of Reshoring Decelerates

The trend known as reshoring remains controversial, depending on how success is measured. Many companies have been persuaded by incentives to not move offshore, and several large electronics manufacturers, including Apple Inc., have opened factories within the U.S. But when compared with the number of companies moving to other regions, reshoring comes up short. In 2015,…

ECIA: DFARS Not ‘FAR’ Enough

Although the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) has undergone yet another revision, proponents of authorized distribution say that the measure still does not go far enough to protect the electronics industry from counterfeit components. The Electronics Components Industry Association, which represents electronics distributors and their suppliers, commented in December on the most recent revision…

Study: Offshore Suppliers Test Reshoring’s Benefits

Although the trend toward offshoring is believed to be driven by one factor—labor costs—there are dozens of other factors that impact the effectiveness of an offshore manufacturing strategy. One, of course, is the location of the end-customer. Another is the location of suppliers. Recent research suggests that efforts toward reshoring – i.e., bringing manufacturing back…

Survey to Gauge Social Media Use Within Supply Chain

Which social media networks are most effective for companies within the logistics and supply chain industries? What are the key benefits realized by companies who use social media?  What challenges do companies face? Fronetics Strategic Advisors, a management consulting firm, is conducting its annual survey on social media within the logistics and supply chain industries. …

Seagate Moves to Demand-Driven Supply Chain

Seagate Technology has reinvented itself several times since its founding in 1979. Seagate is now the largest disk drive manufacturer in the world with $8 billion in revenue. It was also one of many of the disk drive suppliers that were impacted by devastating floods in Thailand in 2011. Although not directly a result of…

IPC: Domestic PCB Market to Improve

Following four years of declining sales, the North American printed circuit board (PCB) market is expected to improve in 2015 and grow modestly through 2017, according to the IPC. The decline, which has been linked to slowing sales of rigid PCBs, has not been offset by increased demand for flexible PCBs, which has grown steadily…

Avnet Builds ‘Supply Chain of Things’

Users and consumers are beginning to see the types of gadgets that will eventually comprise the Internet of Things (IoT). What many can’t yet visualize are the unseen parts of the IoT – the software and services that ultimately are going to determine whether the IoT becomes as ubiquitous and conventional as cellular technology. “Services…

CEOs: Many Businesses Lack Resilience

The electronics industry — in fact, most industries — acknowledge that the supply chain must be resilient. In order to accomplish this, however,  businesses themselves have to have resilience embedded in their infrastructure and practices. But only 29 percent of CEOs polled by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) believe they…