The Resilient Supply Chain

Global business is at a crossroads. Volatility has emerged as a systemic condition, disruption occurs at any time, often with unprecedented magnitude, and there are no longer discrete sets of risk events with periods of stability in between. When disruptions occur, the global supply chain – now an intricately intertwined web – acts as a…

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Arrow CEO: Components Market is ‘Stable’

Michael Long, as chairman and CEO of global components distributor Arrow Electronics Inc., has a vantage position from where he can observe trends and events as they unfold in the global high-tech industry. That’s why many in the electronics industry pay close attention when Long speaks about the condition and direction of the market, especially…

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Industrial Electronics Chip Growth Surges

El Segundo, Calif. —The global market for industrial electronics semiconductors grew 11 percent in 2013, recovering from a five percent loss in 2012, according to IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). Global industrial chip revenues increased from $30.4 billion in 2012 to $33.7 billion in 2013. Growth will continue over the next few years with industrial-related semiconductor revenue…

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Medical Devices to Drive Component Demand

Medical devices for diagnostics and treatment are set to become big growth drivers over the next several years for component suppliers specializing in high-reliability medical markets. Two examples include auto-positive airway pressure (Auto-PAP) devices and diagnostic cardiology devices. In the U.S. alone, shipments of auto-PAP devices for the treatment of sleep apnea is expected to…

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When EOL is the Beginning of Sourcing Havoc

Most non-engineers will readily admit that new technology is pretty complicated, but buyers will tell you obsolete products are the real challenge. A majority of purchasers in the electronics supply chain may not be seeking end-of-life (EOL) parts, but those that do will tell you all kinds of problems are associated with EOL. First, many…

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Pasternack Redesigns Website

Pasternack Enterprises, Inc., an industry leading manufacturer and global supplier of RF and microwave products, recently launched its new website which boasts best-in-class site search functionality, one-page checkout and an updated user friendly interface. The new 2014 Pasternack website is the first major redesign since the Company’s previous 2012 website overhaul.  Most noticeable to the…

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COTS a Mixed Bag for Defense Spending

The U.S. Department of Defense funding is likely to be one of the ongoing casualties of the government’s budget restraints. Uncertainty around government spending has many program managers pulling back on important battlefield management systems (BMS), according to research firm and consultancy Frost & Sullivan. As defense budgets tighten, research and development (R&D) on BMS…

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Arrow Hits All Targets, Aims Even Higher

Arrow Electronics Inc. in the fourth quarter hit all of its business objectives, closing the year with sales and profits well ahead of analysts’ average estimates and promising continuing expansion in the two operating divisions as demand across all regions continued to improve. With most of its major reorganization activities behind it, the company is…

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