Belden Acquires Poliron in Brazil

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC), a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission critical applications, today announced it has completed the acquisition of Poliron Cabos Eletricos Especiais Ltda, a leading Brazilian cable company, in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $30 million. Privately held Poliron has an established brand reputation…

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TI to Acquire National Semiconductor

DALLAS, Texas & SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) and National Semiconductor (NYSE: NSM) today announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which TI will acquire National for $25 per share in an all-cash transaction of about $6.5 billion. The acquisition combines two industry leaders in analog semiconductors, each with…

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What’s Next for PC-Centric Acer?

Since the March 31 resignation of {complink 38|Acer Inc.} CEO Gianfranco Lanci, consensus has been that he was unceremoniously pushed out because of the rapid growth in demand for tablets from {complink 379|Apple Inc.} and other equipment vendors. That may be partly true, but indications are that it’s not the entire picture. In fact, a…

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Vishay Receives Supplier Excellence Award

MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) is pleased to announce that Vishay Intertechnology Asia Pte Ltd. has received the Supplier Excellence Award from TTI Electronics Asia Pte Ltd. Vishay is one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors and passive electronic components. TTI is the world's leading authorized distributor specialist offering passive,…

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Commodity Prices on the Rise

Overall manufacturing activity in the US is continuing to expand, but increasing prices for commodity goods could eventually hamper growth in some industry sectors. While manufacturers are benefiting from strength in new orders and production, there is significant concern with regard to commodity prices, according to the Institute for Supply Management's most recent Manufacturing Business…

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Acer Needs a New CEO, Plus a New Tagline

{complink 38|Acer Inc.} used to market itself as one of the world's leading desktop PC and notebook manufacturers. Even now, promotional materials on the company's website proudly proclaim its position as the “No. 2 for total PCs and notebooks.” I fully expect Acer to drop that tagline within months. Why? It's no longer fashionable, profitable,…

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Security Concerns Throttling Telecom OEMs

For the last several months, the Indian government had imposed restrictions on imported Chinese telecom equipment, due to security concerns. Indian security agencies have long worried that installing Chinese telecom equipment in Indian networks may lead to security breaches, asserting there may be a chance for foreign government monitoring of domestic communications via spyware. However…

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Avnet Inks Distribution Agreement with Future Designs

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today announced it has inked a distribution agreement with Future Designs, Inc. (FDI). The agreement between Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas and FDI, a full-service design and programming company with hardware, software, mechanical and system level expertise, encompasses the entire Americas…

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