Littelfuse Reports Q1 Results

Chicago — Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS) today reported sales and earnings for the first quarter of 2012. “Sales were higher for all three businesses and margins increased consistent with these higher sales levels. It appears that the electronics inventory correction is now behind us as evidenced by further reductions in distributor inventories, increasing shipments to distributors…

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Arrow Electronics Expands With Mobile Site

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Arrow Electronics, Inc. has expanded its online offerings with a new mobile site, enabling customers to access information on their web-enabled mobile device. The site is the newest addition to Arrow’s suite of online resources that helps components customers in North America manage their business and simplify their work. “MyArrow is a…

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Purchasing: Best Materials Management Strategies

Before a new product is released or a major factory production begins, the materials group should have published a materials strategy procedure for the anticipated build plan. Here are a few strategies to choose from and the benefits and conditions for each strategy: Create long-term contracts incorporating high-volume commitments with rollback pricing at pre-determined lower-volume…

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ON Semiconductor Posts Q1 Data

PHOENIX — ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ONNN) today announced that total revenues in the first quarter of 2012 were $744.4 million, a decrease of approximately 3 percent from the fourth quarter of 2011. During the first quarter of 2012, the company reported GAAP net income of $28.2 million, or $0.06 per fully diluted share. The…

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More Companies Eyeing Electronics Aftermarket

Quick obsolescence and environmental mandates are just two of the factors driving a growing interest in the aftermarket for electronics. Businesses and consumers are finding themselves buried in useless cellphones, PCs, and other goods. And disposal and recycling procedures are becoming increasingly complex as countries (and even US states) try out different flavors of WEEE…

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What We Learned From Japan Earthquake

During the spring of last year, the global business community was shocked and saddened to learn of the devastating earthquake and violent tsunami that struck the northeast coast of Japan, crippling the operations of local manufacturers and suppliers and causing significant supply chain disruptions on an international scale. To measure the impact of the disasters…

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Microchip Technology & SMSC Announce Acquisition

CHANDLER, Ariz. and HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Microchip Technology Incorporated [NASDAQ: MCHP], a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, and Standard Microsystems Corporation [NASDAQ: SMSC] today announced that Microchip has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Standard Microsystems Corporation (“SMSC”) for $37.00 per share in cash, which represents a total equity value of about…

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Vishay Posts Q1 Figures

MALVERN, Pa. Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors and passive components, today announced its results for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2012. Revenues for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2012 were $538.5 million, compared to $695.2 million for the fiscal quarter ended April 2, 2011.…

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Counterfeiting: The Ripple Effect

Barbara Jorgensen's story last week about counterfeit components and the NIMBY effect got me thinking about something I heard recently on the same topic: A small counterfeit operation, left unchecked, can wreak havoc on the supply chain for a long time. Remember the scandal about VisionTech Components a few years back? Yes, the Florida company…

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