Mixed Signals for EMS in 2011

Since electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers account for such a large part of the supply chain, their expectations for 2011 are a bellwether for the rest of the industry. So far, publicly traded EMS companies seem more optimistic about 2011 than some analysts, who caution differences in regional growth projections and a challenging procurement environment…

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Customer Expectations Haven’t Changed

In the electronics supply chain, just about everybody is somebody's customer: Raw materials foundries supply component makers; component makers sell to distributors, EMS providers, and OEMs; OEMs sell to their end-customers. So it's not surprising that all customers aren't happy all the time. In electronics distribution, Rob Rodin, former CEO of Marshall Industries (which was…

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Littelfuse Acquires Cole Hersee

CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS) today announced that it has purchased all the outstanding stock of Cole Hersee Co. Cole Hersee, which is based in Boston, Massachusetts, is a recognized leader in the off-road, truck and bus (OTB) market with annual revenues of approximately $43 million. “The acquisition of Cole Hersee is a significant step…

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Motorola Mobility Acquires Zecter

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — Motorola Mobility, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), today announced that it has acquired Zecter, Inc., a leading start-up with synchronization and streaming technologies for on-demand digital media consumption. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Zecter's solutions connect users to their content seamlessly and instantaneously, giving them simple,…

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The Value of Partnerships

{complink 577|Avnet Inc.} recorded its first year of $1 million in sales in 1956. Today, even though we’ve expanded across the globe and have sales upwards of $20 billion, we still remember what it took to get here — strong partnerships with suppliers and customers. For Avnet's Electronics Marketing Americas (EMA) division our success can…

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Market Opportunities in REE Recycling

A just-released report by the US Department of Energy (DOE) reinforces what many in the electronics industry already know: The global supply of rare-earth elements (REEs) largely depends on how China decides to manage the materials, because the most viable sources of REEs lie within China's borders. (See: The Truth About Rare Earths, Part 2…

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