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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Vimico Reports Q4

BEIJING — Vimicro International Corporation (NASDAQ: VIMC) (“Vimicro”), a leading multimedia semiconductor and surveillance solution provider, today announced financial results for the three months and full year ended December 31, 2010 and preliminary results for the three months ended March 31, 2011. Fourth-Quarter 2010 Results In December 2010, the Company divested certain non-core IC business…

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Arrow Chosen as SPEAr Microprocessor Distributor

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Arrow Electronics EMEA has been chosen by STMicroelectronics (ST) as a specialist distribution partner for ST’s SPEAr embedded microprocessor family. Arrow was selected from among ST’s distribution network owing to its extensive engineering services capability and total solution provision, including the Arrow Embedded Platform Concept (EPC). An EPC board based on SPEAr…

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