Flextronics Trims, Acquire in bid to Win

Flextronics International Ltd.’s strategy for achieving financial stability seem simple enough except that, these days, drastic cost-cutting involving plant closures don’t necessarily go well with aggressive small and medium-size acquisitions. There’s a method to the madness, though, and company executives in recent presentations to analysts and investors have insisted this strategy is helping the contract…

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Digi-Key Adds Samsung Electro-Mechanics

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced the completion of an agreement to distribute Samsung Electro-Mechanics America (SEMCO) product to its broad global customer base. SEMCO was established in 1973 as a subsidiary of Samsung Corporation and has grown into a global leader supplying…

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The Transition to the Self-Assembly Line

In the future, the familiar and traditional assembly line will morph into a self-assembly line. It may sound like a science fiction movie but it's not. The entire supply chain will see a dramatic change, where automation, self-assembly, and self-configuration will be the everyday realities. If you followed my latest post on 4D Printing &…

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Who’s Driving the Design Chain?

Who's driving the design chain? That's not exactly easy to answer. Historically, one's answer had depended on where one sat in the electronics supply chain. Once, large distributors described the design chain as more of a demand chain, in which the use of distributor-supplied suites of engineering services were leveraged to encourage product training and…

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