Dover Completes Acquisition of Sound Solutions

DOWNERS GROVE, Il. — Dover Corporation (NYSE: DOV) today announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Sound Solutions from NXP Semiconductors N.V. Dover Corporation is a global manufacturer providing innovative components and equipment, specialty systems and support services for a variety of applications in the industrial products, engineered systems, fluid management and…

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MaxLinear Appoints New VP & GM

CARLSBAD, Calif. — MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE:MXL), a leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communication applications, today announced that Brian J. Sprague will be joining MaxLinear, Inc. as its Vice President and General Manager, Broadband and Consumer Products. Mr. Sprague brings a wealth of Engineering, Strategic Marketing and Product…

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RS Components Partners With Renesas

SINGAPORE — RS Components (RS) the world’s largest high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products and the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), today announced that RS and Renesas Electronics China have establish a partnership to leverage on RS’s online platform to enhance support for samples and tools. Under this partnership, RS customers will…

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Revised EU RoHS Timetable Begins

Now that the EU's revision of its Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) has been published in The Official Journal of the European Union, the clock begins ticking for EU member states to integrate the environmental guidelines into their laws. EU-wide, however, the law goes into effect on July 21, 2011 — 20 days after the…

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Rick Hamada Succeeds Roy Vallee as Avnet CEO

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced that Rick Hamada has succeeded Roy Vallee as the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The transition was previously announced on Feb. 14, 2011, and became effective with the beginning of Avnet’s fiscal year 2012. Vallee will continue to serve as Avnet’s Executive…

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Best-Practices for Managing Material Costs, Part 2

Many OEMs use the same EMS provider for the same assembly for years. The startup costs in tooling, non-recurring engineering charges, and the actual manufacturing learning curve make for a substantial investment. It also takes time to build cohesive communications between the two organizations. Therefore building a long-term relationship with a provider is essential. It's…

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EMS Challenge: Innovate or Wither

Having spent the last decade focusing on reducing cost and increasing efficiency, the global electronics supply chain is entering a new phase where innovation in products and processes will drive industry activity, requiring electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers to focus their investments on helping customers produce improved products and processes. Jim Brown, president of software…

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Is More Inventory the ‘New Normal’?

At the end of every calendar quarter, publically traded electronics companies take stock of their inventory levels. For some companies, such as distributors, inventory is tallied a lot more frequently. But as Q2 closes and companies prepare to announce their earnings, inventory is being measured as both a line item on the balance sheet and…

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Kemet to Construct Facility in Macedonia

GREENVILLE, S.C. — KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM), a leading manufacturer of tantalum, ceramic, aluminum, film, paper and electrolytic capacitors, today announced plans to construct a new manufacturing facility in Skopje, Macedonia. “This facility is a component of KEMET's long-term strategy of consolidating and maintaining manufacturing for its European customer base, while fulfilling our objective of…

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