Benchmark Expands in Penang

ANGLETON, Texas — Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE), a leading contract manufacturing provider, today announced that it has acquired facilities and certain other assets to expand its precision technologies capabilities in Penang, Malaysia. This expansion will provide sheet metal and frames fabrication, advanced metal joining and grinding, along with complex mechanical assembly and machining services.…

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Digi-Key Expands With TT

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, announced today it is expanding its relationship with TT electronics, a leading electronic components supplier to manufacturers in the defense, aerospace, medical, transportation, and industrial markets, by adding…

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FedEx Adds Early Morning Delivery

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world's largest express transportation company, is adding new services for customers including FedEx First Overnight® Freight and FedEx 2Day® A.M. and is making further enhancements to FedEx First Overnight®. The services will be available beginning Feb. 28 and will provide customers…

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Avnet Adds ‘Green’ Batteries

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), announced today that it will carry the complete line of rechargeable solid state batteries and evaluation kits from Cymbet Corporation. This distribution agreement encompasses Cymbet’s entire line of EnerChip™ solid state batteries (SSB) and development tools, including the new EnerChip…

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Are Suppliers Facing Tough Choices?

Tablet computers and smartphones are eating notebooks' lunch in more ways than one. It looks as if component makers may have to choose between meeting demand in the high-flying tablet and smartphone markets, or in the more staid notebook market. Last week, EBN contributing editors Marc Hermann and Jennifer Baljko reported on supply concerns expressed…

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Gearheads, Give Up

I'm a gearhead. I like double overhead camshafts, six-speed transmissions, and small-displacement, high-revving engines that make lots of noise. I like fast cars with great handling. I'm having trouble adjusting to hybrids and even more trouble adjusting to plug-in electric cars that need to have electronically-generated noise added to alert pedestrians. Low-performance econo-slugs aren’t interesting…

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Lighting: Primed for Transition

It is hard to imagine that a technology that has successfully existed for 130 years would be the catalyst for arguably the most en vogue market opportunity in our industry today: solid-state lighting (SSL). While SSL currently represents approximately 5 percent of the overall general lighting market, its market penetration is predicted to accelerate to…

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China’s Currency, Inflation & the Supply Chain

Recent financial articles have focused heavily on one aspect of the US Treasury Department’s foreign currency report: its determination that China was blameless of currency manipulation. Much less attention was paid to the document’s analysis of China’s changing economy and its increasing inflation rate, which is a factor US electronics manufacturers operating in China need…

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MouserMobile: ‘Advanced’

MANSFIELD, Texas — The newly designed MouserMobile™ offers the most advanced features for multilingual, multicurrency support for design engineers and buyers. No other distributor's mobile site supports more wireless phones and tablets. The new MouserMobile also is the first to feature support for 16 languages and 16 currencies. Mouser Electronics, Inc. is known for the…

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