Ready or Not, RoHS 2 Takes Effect January 2

The European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) law has forever changed the electronics industry. It has resulted in less hazardous substances being used and safer electronic goods. This law has been so successful it has been mimicked by other countries. China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India, and the State of California have all followed…

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Finding Profitable Proximity

Low labor costs and stable oil prices have driven the move to offshore production in industries as diverse as textiles and high technology products for almost 30 years. Since then, it has become an almost universally accepted article of faith that manufacturing in low-labor cost (LLC) countries and shipping to demand markets is the smart…

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Top 10 Supply Chain Predictions for 2013

A manufacturer without an efficient, flexible, and multi-dimensional supply chain will find itself quickly trailing rivals and in danger of losing market share as competition heats up in the global market, according to {complink 7014|IDC}. The IT consulting firm believes significant changes are afoot for 2013, and companies will find themselves inundated with constantly changing…

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Arrow, VEBA Settle Dispute

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.– Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) announced today that it has entered into a Settlement Agreement with E.ON SE (EOAN:GR) and VEBA Electronics LLC relating to certain disputes originating from Arrow’s acquisition of Wyle Electronics from the VEBA Group in August of 2000. Under the Settlement Agreement, E.ON will pay Arrow an aggregate amount of…

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Finding & Securing Hard-to-Find Parts

Adding or subtracting a link in the supply chain is never easy. A single substitution of a component, for example, affects other components on the board; pricing; delivery considerations; and even relationships. But buyers have to hedge their bets to ensure a single component doesn't hold up production — a function that falls under “managing…

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