ECIA: Component & Product Demand Surges to Dramatic High

Optimism in the electronics market is surging, according to ECIA, bolstering data from a national manufacturing index that reached a 37-year high in March. The ECIA’s Electronic Component Sales Trend (ECST) monthly survey, which assesses month-to-month sales growth sentiment, leapt up between 26 and 27 points in component and end-market measures from February to March.…

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Electronics Adds to U.S. Manufacturing Surge

The electronics sector helped drive U.S. manufacturing activity to a 37-year high in March as pent-up demand emptied customers’ shelves and firmed up expectations for a widespread economic recovery. There are no signs demand will abate, according to the Institute for Supply Management, although factories will face supply and labor constraints at least through the…

Infineon Fab Repair Will Strain Chip Supply

Infineon Technologies continues ramping up its manufacturing facility in Austin, Texas. Infrastructure had been recovered within one week after the forced shutdown on 15 February 2021. Tools are operational, production has been resumed and will ramp up over time to pre-outage levels. The shutdown was required after a severe winter storm and its resulting long-lasting…

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Renesas Fire Exacerbates Auto MCU Shortage

While Renesas officially aims to get its Naka 12-inch wafer production line back to full operation within one month, research firm TrendForce expects the immediate task of restoring the cleanroom and installing new equipment systems to take much longer than that. Renesas said that the fire burned about 5 percent of the total area of…

Supply Chain Visibility is Critical to Post-Pandemic Growth

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, it disrupted global supply chains which forced organizations around the world to scramble to react. While there are many lessons learned from the pandemic, especially as we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, it was clear early on that some organizations were better equipped…

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The Pandemic Playbook: What Covid-19 Taught Us, Part 2

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a series examining the electronics industry’s response to the global Covid-19 pandemic. Going digital Electronics companies are adjusting their business strategies in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Hand in hand with a push for efficiency is a greater willingness to invest in and work toward…

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Demand Surges, Supply Tightens at U.S. Factories

Demand remains high for U.S.- made products even as manufacturers contend with price increases, labor shortages and supply constraints. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI reached a three-year high in February to 60.8, an increase of 2.1 percentage points from the January reading. Signs for future demand remain strong, but supply chain pressures are unlikely…

The Pandemic Playbook: What Covid-19 Taught Us, Part 1

While 2020 is behind us, the continuing global pandemic has taught a host of supply chain lessons, highlighting both the strengths and weaknesses of electronics suppliers, distributors, and manufacturers. In the turn of a calendar year, this traditional industry has gone from embracing the way it’s always been done to looking at new ways of…