Eaton to Acquire Cooper Industries

CLEVELAND and DUBLIN — Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE: ETN) (“Eaton”) and electrical equipment supplier Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE) (“Cooper”) today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Eaton will acquire Cooper in a transaction that will significantly increase the capabilities and geographic breadth of the combined company's power management…

Details

Manufacturers Remain Upbeat

North American manufacturers remain optimistic about their growth prospects for 2012, according to a recent survey by Accenture. The results underscore sentiments in similar surveys among US purchasing professionals and manufacturers. (See: US Buyers Optimistic for 2012 and Data Points to More Onshoring.) Eighty-nine percent of senior executives at North American manufacturers expect their company’s…

Details

Nu Horizons to Distribute Excelsys Products

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Nu Horizons Electronics, an Arrow Electronics company, has signed a North American and Asia Pacific distribution agreement with Excelsys Technologies, leaders in high efficiency power supply design and manufacturing. Under the agreement, Nu Horizons will distribute Excelsys Technologies high-efficiency, low-profile power supplies to customers in a variety of specialist markets including industrial,…

Details

Mouser, Carclo Form Partnership

MANSFIELD, Texas — Mouser Electronics, Inc., regarded as a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, today announced its new partnership with Carclo Optics, a leading specialist in optical design and technology. Carclo Optics, a special division of Carclo PLC, focuses on optical systems and moulding. Carclo PLC is a…

Details

An Updated Primer on WEEE & RoHS, Part 2

The European Parliament, in its Resolution of 14 November 1996 (7), asked the European Commission to present proposals for directives on a number of priority waste streams, including electrical and electronic waste, and to base such proposals on the principle of producer responsibility. The European Parliament, in the same resolution, requests the Council and the…

Details

Enabling IP Evolution & Growth

On Wednesday May 16, 2012, Warren East, CEO of {complink 444|ARM Ltd.}, gave the opening keynote address at the {complink 7526|Semico Research Corp.} Impact Conference: The IP Ecosystem. East addressed the issue of intellectual property evolution and growth. Looking forward, he said, there has to be more collaboration in the IP world, both horizontally and…

Details

Reality Check: Counterfeiting

There's a classic Pogo cartoon in which the main character concludes, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” This pretty much sums up the industry efforts to battle the influx of counterfeit components into the electronics supply chain. “Companies attempting to manage the growing challenge of counterfeit electronic components face a range of…

Details

Anti-Counterfeiting Best-Practices: Certifications Are Only the Start

As an independent distributor, I am frequently asked by manufacturers about our quality control (QC) and anti-counterfeiting certifications, and rightfully so, because these are and should be sticking points. But beyond asking about certifications, it's important to understand the certification processes, the operational guidelines required, and, most importantly, what companies do beyond the certifications. My…

Details

Silicon Labs Acquiring Ember

AUSTIN, Texas — Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Nasdaq: SLAB), a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Boston-based Ember Corporation for initial consideration of $72 million, subject to an adjustment for certain working capital amounts and potential earn-out consideration. Ember is a late-stage private company offering market-leading…

Details