RoHS2 Deadline Upon Us

The deadline for RoHS2 has come and gone, and manufacturers are still working to get in step. Two years ago, the European Union extended the timeline for the elimination and restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, which it had set more than a decade ago. At that time, the Restriction of Hazardous…

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Parallax Goes Global With RS & Allied

RS Components (RS) and Allied Electronics (Allied), the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, have signed a global distribution agreement with Parallax Inc., a specialist in the design and manufacture of microcontroller development tools and small single-board computers. Under the terms of the agreement,…

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Spansion Completes Fujitsu Unit Buy

Spansion Inc. (NYSE: CODE), a global leader in Flash memory-based embedded systems solutions, today announced that it has closed the acquisition of the Microcontroller and Analog Business of Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited. Under the terms of the agreement, Spansion will pay approximately $110 million, plus approximately $38 million(*1) for inventory. The net impact is expected to…

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ISM: July Indexes Surge

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the second consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 50th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. The report was issued  by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management™ Manufacturing…

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3 Steps to a Simpler Budget Cycle

You dread August. It is not because of the hot and humid weather, and not because your children have been out of school for too long and are climbing the walls. No, it is because August means budget season. This year, however, you don't need to approach budget planning with trepidation. By applying the following…

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Flextronics Receives Lenovo Perfect Quality Award

Flextronics (FLEX) announced today that Lenovo recently honored its Sarvar, Hungary, location with the prestigious Perfect Quality Award. Janos Lang, general manager, at Flextronics Hungary, accepted the award on behalf of the company at Lenovo’s annual global supplier conference held in Hefei, China. The Perfect Quality Award from Lenovo was the result of Flextronics’ near…

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TTM Battles Margin Squeeze

A single quality issue crimped margins at TTM Technologies Inc. during the second quarter, adding to the series of challenges facing the printed-circuit board manufacturer even as it tries to widen offerings to include advanced technology products and deepen relationships with some of the electronics industry’s leading OEMs. Costa Mesa, Calif.-based TTM reported net income…

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DVD a Resource on Conflict Minerals

As the first filing deadline approaches, electronics manufacturers and suppliers preparing for compliance with the U.S. SEC conflict minerals regulation have a new resource for answers and facts with IPC’s 2013 Conflict Minerals Conference Proceedings. IPC’s Proceedings DVD is a compilation of audio and slide presentations recorded during its popular summer conflict minerals conference and…

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Where are the PLM Champions?

I wonder at times why so many companies hide their best and brightest minds, products and departments in some dark corners while endlessly and tirelessly parading once popular but steadily fading divisions before a tired crowd. That’s the case with the electronics industry where the already obvious – microprocessor, smartphone, PCs, digital TV, etc. –…

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