In Distribution, How Much Support is Enough?

Although the electronics supply chain is far more complex than a typical consumer transaction, buyers of all types share some common experiences. Consumers order things online as do many electronics purchasers. So I’d like to use this blog to post a question: How much attention do you want from an online store/distributor? Here’s why I…

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Molex Completes Acquisition of FCT Electronics

Molex Incorporated, a global electronics components company, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of FCT Electronics Group, based in Munich, Germany.  FCT Electronics Group specializes in designing and manufacturing custom mixed-layout connectors and cable assemblies. This strategic acquisition is expected to expand the presence of Molex solutions in the global medical electronics, industrial,…

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Disruptive Innovation Delivers Promising E-Waste Solution

innovember2012,atmiunveiledanewtechnologycalledevolv,acleantechsolutioncapableofhandlinge-wastecomponentsinasafeandenvironmentallyfriendlywayduringthe3rdannuale-wastemanagementsummitinlasvegas.=”http:> =”http:> =”http:> atmiisaglobalsupplierofspecialtysemiconductormaterials,andhigh-puritymaterialshandling,deliverysolutionsforthesemiconductorandbio-pharmaceuticalindustries,whichfocusesonsustainableandsafemanufacturingprocesses. evolv,whichisbasedongreenchemicalprocesses,makesitpossibletobreakdown,recycle,andreusepreciousmetalsfromelectronicswastesuchasprintedwiringboards(pwbs),usinganenvironmentallyfriendlyprocess. beforewediveintolearningabouthowthesystemworks,let’slookatsomefactsandfigures.thesestatspointtotheurgencyofunderstandingwhattheplanetanditspeoplearefacing,andwhyadisruptiveinnovationisimportant.herearejustafewreasonswhythistypeofsolutionshouldbedeployedandsupported:=”http:> =”http:> ithasbeenpredictedthate-wastewillgrowtoover72millionmetrotonsworldwideby2014. lessthan20percentofalle-wasteiscurrentlybeingrecycled. china,india,andotherdevelopingcountriesarereceivingmostofthee-wasteshippedfromtheunitedstates. e-wasteaccountsfor70percentofhazardousmaterialsinlandfills. onemetrictonofusedmobilephones(~6,000handsetscontains340gofgold,3.5kgofsilver,140gofpalladium,and130kgofcopper.thisaccountstoacombinedvalueofover$28,000pertonofmobilephoneboards. accordingtoanabstractatmisentmebyemail,thisishowevolvworks: theprocessiscompletedinaclosed-loopsystemusingaseriesofchemicalbaths,anddesolderingtechniqueswhichreclaimmuchofthepreciousmetalcomponentsforreuse.thistechniqueis99percentsustainable,andcanbeimplementedlocally,directlyinamanufacturer’swarehouse.thisapproachalsohelpstorelievetheglobalissueofe-wastebeingbrokendowninpoorerregionsoftheworldwhereitaffectshumanwelfare,andtheenvironment. watchthisvideodemonstrationtogetacrystalclearviewoftheevolvprocessinaction: [replacedtest15]src=”https://player.vimeo.com/video/52720836″width=”500″height=”281″> theprocessshownincludesde-soldering,recoveryofcomponentsandchips,andreclaimingmetalwith99percentofmostmetals(includingold,silver,copper,palladium,lead,andtin),successfullyextractedat99.5percentpurity.thesemetalscanberecovered,andredeployedfaster,andsaferthaninmostotherprocess,andcanre-enterthesupplychainasprocess-ready materials. theevolvsystem’steamledbydr.michaelkorzenski,seniordirectorofsustainabletechnologiesatatmi,isinsearchformarketopportunitiestohelpimprovethewaye-wasteiscurrentlydealtwitharoundtheglobe. “ibelievewithaprocesslikeevolv–uniqueintheworldatthetimeofthiswriting–availabletodaytherearenomoreexcusesfornotproperlyrecyclingelectronicsinanenvironmentallyfriendlyway.makingastepforwardtoagreenerplanetforfuturegenerationsiseveryone’sresponsibility.” relatedposts: {doclink264710} {doclink264377} {doclink264153} {doclink261501} {doclink256132} {doclink253298} {doclink250901} {doclink250270} {doclink249713}

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IP&E War Heats Up Electronics Supply Chain, Part 1

Large, billion dollar transactions are unusual in the interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IP&E) components market but recent developments point to a stirring in the sector that will have major impacts on OEMs, suppliers and parts distributors serving the sector. True, IP&E components are anything but glamorous and the main vendors — Amphenol, AVX, Kemet, Molex,…

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WitsView: 4K TV Panels ‘Hot’

 According to the large-sized panel shipment survey by WitsView, the display research division of the global market intelligence provider TrendForce, the large-sized panel shipment for August 2013 attained 70.11 million units, rising 11% MoM. The promotional restocking demand for Oct 1st holidays in China emerged and some brands prepared for the 2H’13 peak season in…

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