Seagate Unfolds Strategy for Emerging Markets

One of Thailand's biggest electronics sectors is hard disk drive production. Last year's flood wreaked havoc on the industry's supply chain, especially in the case of top-tier players like {complink 4842|Seagate Technology LLC} and {complink 6308|Western Digital Corp. (WD)}. In a previous blog, I highlighted some of the problems high-tech companies face in Thailand as…

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Robots Take the Next Step in Automation

Companies have finally developed robots dexterous enough to assemble consumer electronics products, such as smartphones, according to The Wall Street Journal. Although robots have been used for years in industrial manufacturing, until recently they weren't flexible enough for intricate products or easy enough to reprogram. In the quick product life cycles of small consumer electronics…

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RFID Tagging for Document Security

In the olden days, secret documents and important papers and envelopes were sealed with hot wax that had been embossed with the author's signature or signet ring. This seal not only authenticated the sender's mail, but if the wax had been broken in transit, the document could no longer be considered secure. The owner of…

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Chipmakers in Europe & Japan Hit Hardest in Q2

When the global electronics industry is humming along and all geographies are growing (when was the last time that happened?) it doesn’t seem to matter much where companies are headquartered. But when some regions are more economically challenged than others, location begins to make a difference. For example, IHS’s recent examination of the global semiconductor…

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The CAT in the Town

Every once in a while, you find a company that is not high-tech or Web-based and whose products are not downloadable. Most people are familiar with the term “brick and mortar” for a company with a real, physical presence on the streets where we all live. If a brick-and-mortar company is doing well, then most…

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Digi-Key In Pact With Touch Revolution

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. – Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s largest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced the signing of a global distribution agreement with Touch Revolution, a world leader in projected capacitive touch products. Touch Revolution designs and manufactures embedded touch…

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Audits Reduce Eco-Compliance Pain

Businesses are more than ever under pressure to go green, eliminate hazardous materials from products, comply with global environmental sustainability regulations, and prove to customers they are doing all of the above. But, as many high-tech companies have discovered, maintaining “good corporate citizenship” status when it comes to the environment goes well beyond promises and…

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The Politics of Business Responsibility

With the possible election in November of Mitt Romney as America's first “businessman-president” since Herbert Hoover in 1928, we're forced to ask a philosophical question that comes around regularly on the guitar: Beyond its imperative to make profits, does business have any moral responsibility to society? Republicans, our traditional zealots for unregulated capitalism, usually inject…

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European Distributors See Pockets of Hope

Europe may be causing many executives to shrug their shoulders with continued uncertainty, but some distributors are making the most of the unpredictable economic spiral and ratcheting up decent financial quarters. {complink 12816|Mouser Electronics Inc.}, for instance, recently reported strong and continuing growth with its nine European offices in Germany, the UK, Czech Republic, France,…

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