UMC Adds Office in Korea

United Microelectronics Corp.  (“UMC”), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today announced the opening of its UMC Korea office to help expand regional business and provide local support to customers. The proximity of UMC’s new office to its customers in Korea will create working synergies that will help expedite engagement and support, thus shortening time-to-market for…

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Analyze this: Analytics Drive Supply Chain Excellence

Analytics is an in-vogue topic of leading consulting companies today. Despite its trendy name and popularity it seems that, once again, operations personnel need to relearn an old lesson; companies and individuals who use data outperform those who don’t. In the supply chain, I am seeing a third wave of this realization emerge. The first…

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TSMC Reaps Benefits of R&D Investment

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. recorded a 17 percent increase in year-over-year sales in May on surging demand for the wafer foundry’s products and as the company continues to benefit from its R&D and next-generation capital equipment investments. Total sales for May rose to NT$51.8 billion Taiwan dollar or approximately $1.73 billion, from NT$44.2 billion…

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Everything Has a Cost

EBN Editor-in-Chief Brian Fuller recently asked me about the biggest risk for companies in the global supply chain. Given the category “biggest risk,” you might expect that contenders would include natural disasters, global conflict, labor unrest, and demand uncertainty. Instead I answered that companies created the greatest risk for themselves when they did not engage…

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Supply Chain Complexity Expands Risk

Everyone talks about risk in the supply chain, but the increasing complexity of it makes identifying and mitigating risks difficult. In fact, almost half of executives are afraid that their supply chain risk management is only somewhat effective or has no impact at all, according to a recent survey from Deloitte. Said Kelly Marchese, principal…

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