Pangea is Born: How will it Impact the Flash Memory Supply Chain?

If the planned $18 billion sale of Toshiba Corp.’s flash memory unit to a consortium led by Bain Capital Private Equity, LP survives legal objections and receives regulatory approval, the deal can be expected to result in higher component supplies within the next year, helping to allay OEM fears of tightening purchasing conditions for the…

electronics, conflict minerals, Africa

How the SEC’s Shift on Conflict Minerals Will Impact Electronics

Portions of the electronics industry are applauding a policy shift toward the so-called “conflict minerals” rule that requires publicly traded U.S. companies to disclose the use of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) sourced from war-torn regions of Africa. Acting Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Michael Piwowar has directed agency staff to reconsider how companies…

Don’t Use Apple Tax Law Defense Please

Apple Inc. is right to defend itself against the European Commission’s $14.5 billion fine for alleged tax underpayment in Ireland but its defense strategy and explanations should not be adopted by other high-tech companies that may come under regulatory scrutiny. The company is ignoring rising consumer, regulatory and political concerns that many high tech enterprises…