Digi-Key Stocks Amphenol Connectors

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry’s broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, today announced availability of military-spec connectors from Amphenol. As one of the largest manufacturers of interconnect products in the world, Amphenol has long been a valuable supplier of…

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ECIA Gives Mouser’s Smith Service Award

DALLAS & FORT WORTH, Texas — Mouser Electronics, Inc., regarded as a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, today announced that its CEO, Glenn Smith, has won the Distinguished Service Award at the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) Executive Conference, held last week at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel.…

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Logistics: Huge Gains on Express Lanes

With transportation accounting for as much as 50 percent of a supply chain’s total cost, it is an expense that all companies within the electronics supply chain must continually evaluate for new savings opportunities. For many, efforts to rein in transportation costs typically fall into two categories: reducing the number of shipments made and consolidating…

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Beyond Outsourcing

Calling all OEMs and EMS providers to participate in a groundbreaking supply chain research project. I got an email last week from Charlie Barnhart, a supply chain consultant I've known for some time. It was an invitation for electronics OEM and EMS strategists to participate in a groundbreaking research project called “Beyond Outsource.” The study…

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Siix, Ayrshire Form Alliance

OSAKA, Japan, and LOUISVILLE, Ky. — On November 1, 2011, SIIX Corporation and Ayrshire Electronics announced the existence of business alliance between the two leading electronics manufacturing service providers. The cooperative agreement between the companies represents the 13th largest EMS provider in the world, with nearly 10,000 workers and more than 120 SMT lines operating…

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Vishay Posts Q3 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 and nine fiscal months ended October 1, 2011. Revenues for the fiscal quarter ended October 1, 2011 were $637.6 million, compared to $694.4 million for the fiscal…

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Planning for the Unpredictable

While the topic of demand and supply uncertainties has been covered in previous posts from different perspectives, I think it is worthwhile addressing it once again. Perhaps, it bears repeating many times, since there always seems to be a need to be reminded to plan for the uncertainties we face so often. And yet we…

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Roundup From ECIA

Last week's Electronic Components Industry Association executive conference was one of the most informative in recent memory. All the presentations, including a mesmerizing one by the inventor Dean Kamen of DEKA Research and Development Corp., provided some takeaways for the electronics supply chain. I've picked out some items by Glenn Derene, senior technology editor for…

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