Avnet’s Vallee Passes the Torch

A bigger footprint than the one Roy Vallee stamped on {complink 577|Avnet Inc.} over the last 20 years may be difficult to imagine. When Vallee assumed the role of president and chief operating officer at the company in the spring of 1992, the top electronic components distributor had fiscal year sales of $1.8 billion. Revenue…

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Thailand: Managing a Manufacturing Transition

I mentioned in another post that Thailand is moving away from being a cheap labor hub for high-volume, labor-intensive production. (See: Thailand: Thinking Big.) By all indications — government reports, tax incentive strategies, zoning considerations, a minimum wage increase, corporate expansion plans, and several days of conversations with executives and Thailand's Board of Investment officials…

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Sustainable = Green + Profitable

When I think of the word “sustainability,” I imagine lasting value based on reliability, efficiency, dependability, availability, affordability, and consistency — factors treasured by all manufacturers in the electronics industry. Though many other words may also apply, in general, these characteristics not only assure a long lifecycle, but when taken into consideration at the earliest…

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Thailand: Thinking Big

Lower manufacturing costs; government-sponsored tax incentives; and a reliable, hard-working labor pool may have been the winning combination in luring the first textile, industrial. and high-tech manufacturers a few decades ago. But that's not what will keep Thailand attractive to future investors, nor is it something that fits into Thailand's big-picture plans for the coming…

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