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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Jabil Posts Record Q1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL), reported its preliminary, unaudited financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2011, ended November 30, 2010. “We believe our results for the first quarter represent an excellent start to fiscal 2011,” said Timothy L. Main, President and CEO of Jabil. “Revenue growth was accompanied…

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Get Ready for the Post-PC Era

The post-PC era is sneaking up on us. The invasion started years ago as convergence accelerated and as manufacturers began merging functionalities into single, mainly wireless, and highly portable devices. The intention was not to render the PC obsolete, but as more functions initially carried out on the device get incorporated into smaller form-factor equipment,…

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A Gray Market for Electronics

Green Hills Mall, a shopping mall in Manila, is a huge marketplace of legal and semi-legal electronics leaked from supply lines throughout Asia. On first impression, it’s a surprisingly tolerated monument to backdoor commerce and insecure shipping. But spend the day there, and something more subtle emerges. A middle class in Southeast Asia is creating…

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Vishay Wins Philippine Awards

MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today announced that its manufacturing operations in suburban Manila have received three awards for environmental and safety performance from the Philippine government in 2010. They include a Certificate of Recognition for environmental performance from the Office of the President and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources;…

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Tight Supplies, Tantalums & 2011

The squeeze on tantalum capacitors will continue into 2011, global distributors say, but there's no expectation that parts will be any more difficult to get next year than they are now. However, because of ongoing concerns about the availability of the raw material tantalum, buyers can expect to see prices continue to increase into the…

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