Cutting Down on the Cost of Green

“Don't reinvent the wheel” is an old maxim, but it's still quite effective at conveying why tapping existing resources is more beneficial to an enterprise than trying to re-create a proven solution. This is more applicable than ever today for electronics equipment vendors, component suppliers, and contract manufacturers when it comes to compliance with environmental…

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Thailand: When the Water Rushes In

Standing water two meters high. Millions of dollars of manufacturing equipment under water. Employees camping out in the hallways of the upper levels of high-tech companies' buildings. Moving production to other factories. Loading products onto motor boats and chugging them over a mile of standing water to trucks waiting on drier land. That's what it…

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Electronics Distributors: Customer Base ‘Cautious’

Now that the industry's two largest distributors have posted quarterly results, it's pretty clear that electronics customers are proceeding with caution on component orders. {complink 453|Arrow Electronics Inc.} and {complink 577|Avnet Inc.}, which together represent virtually all component manufacturers and more than half the electronics distribution market in certain geographies, say end customers are pushing…

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Avnet Reports FY 2012 Results

PHOENIX — Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) today announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2012: Sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012 decreased 3.1% from the prior fiscal year to $25.7 billion; pro forma revenue was down 4.4% year over year and 4.1% in constant currency Adjusted operating income…

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China RoHS: Still Waiting on Catalogue, Clarity

Not since the European Union implemented its Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) has a region gotten so much attention from the electronics industry. For years, the supply chain has been awaiting the details of China's electronics-waste restrictions, known as “China RoHS.” Since regulators first announced intentions to limit waste in high-tech equipment, electronics manufacturers have…

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Where Are the VisionTech Parts?

The dust has settled from the US government’s prosecution of VisionTech for selling counterfeit electronics, but the ramifications of the crime will continue to reverberate through the supply chain for quite a while. In 2010 the government charged Shannon Wren, VisionTech's owner, and Stephanie McCloskey, an employee, with selling more than $15 million worth of…

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Thailand: A Manufacturing Snapshot

Ten years ago, you would have seen textile and heavy industrial factories lining the seaboard around Bangkok. Today, the country's manufacturing scene has shifted upwards on the production scale. Competing with other Asian countries — namely, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam — for manufacturing contracts and direct foreign investment, Thailand's top three exported products are…

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Mobile DRAM to Outpace Memory Market

In stark contrast to the memory segment in general, mobile DRAM sales are expected to grow by 10 percent this year to reach a record $6.56 billion, according IHS iSuppli. Owing to the lagging sales of PC computing behind handsets and tablets, revenue growth for standard DRAM this year is anticipated to be weak, the…

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Changes Ahead as Electronics Value Chain Evolves

As noted in a previous blog, {complink 9171|Frost & Sullivan} and EBN recently completed a survey to identify a roadmap for the future of electronics and the implications for electronics supply chain participants. The results of the survey were unanimous — technology and product differentiation will yield the ultimate and sustainable success for original equipment…

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