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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IHS iSuppli Assesses Flooding Impact

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — This is an IHS iSuppli News Flash from information and analysis provider IHS (NYSE: IHS) covering the impact of the Thailand floods on the global electronics supply chain. Contact Jonathan Cassell for additional questions or to schedule an interview. The catastrophic flooding in Thailand is affecting the production of several key…

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Why We Manufacture in China

In a previous blog, I noted what I believe is the erroneous notion that Western manufacturers moved production to China because they could drastically reduce total costs and thereby improve their competitive edge. Nothing could be further from the truth, in my opinion. If cost was the defining reason for moving production to China, what…

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Digi-Key, Illumra Have Distribution Deal

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 the global addition of ILLUMRA products to its expansive line card. ILLUMRA products are known globally for offering design engineers and product procurers with state-of-the-art wireless…

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Thailand Floods Hit the Supply Chain

Six months after the triple tragedy in Japan, Thailand has now been crippled with massive flooding that has killed 373 people, left hundreds of thousands homeless, and even more unable to work in the industrial parks. Many of these industrial parks are home to high-tech production facilities for major electronics manufacturers. Here is a synopsis…

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