The Supply Chain Must Embrace Recycling

The supply chain must develop a competitive strategy to cope with recycling the electronic devices we use at work and at home, which — as we all know — are loaded with toxic material. These toxins contribute to the contamination of the environment and affect our health. The implications of recycling have global consequences and…

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NXP Leads Automotive ASSP Semiconductor Market for Second Year in a Row

Benefiting from its leadership position in AM/FM tuner and audio processing chips, NXP Semiconductors NV in 2012 retained its rank as the world’s top supplier of application-specific standard product (ASSP) semiconductors for the automotive infotainment market. Netherlands-based NXP last year posted automotive infotainment ASSP revenue of $459 million, giving it a market share of 15…

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Pulse Electronics Cuts Product Lead-Times by 50%

Pulse Electronics Corp., a leading provider of electronic components, today announced it has implemented significant changes to its manufacturing strategy resulting in a reduction in product lead-time to 4-5 weeks. This represents a 50% reduction over typical industry lead-times of 8-10 weeks. A majority of Pulse’s products are included in the program. The program was…

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RS Components Stocks Amphenol HD-BNC Family

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the world’s leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, is stocking the High Density BNC (HD-BNC™) family of connectors from Amphenol, a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of interconnect products. With a footprint 51% smaller than traditional BNC connectors, and…

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PCB Book-to-Bill Reaches 34-Month High

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the April findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Notable among the month’s findings is the PCB book-to-bill ratio, which reached 1.10, its highest level since July 2010. PCB Bookings Gain Strength Total North American PCB shipments were down 7.0 percent in April…

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CPOs Find Analytics Improve Margins

Procurement organizations tapping into data and collaborating with other internal business units widened profit margins by more than 1 percent, according to a new study. The companies in the report reported profit margins of 7.12 percent, compared with 5.83 percent for companies with low-performing procurement organizations, according to the Chief Procurement Officer Study 2013 from…

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New Ships Can Carry 22,000 Containers

Imagine a freighter the length of five football fields hauling electronics from port to port in 22,000 containers. Super freighters measuring 1,500 feet long by 196 feet wide by 10 stories high move at the same speeds (24-26 knots) as typical freighters but reduce shipping costs by up to 40 percent. Built by STX Offshore…

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Who Pays for Mfg. R&D: OEMs or EMS Providers?

Electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers must have thick skins. They invest in manufacturing process improvements for the benefits of customers; take flak from governments, labor and human rights organizations as well as consumers − again for the OEM customers; get rewarded with low margins, and often are swiftly dumped by customers at the first signs…

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