Mouser Doubles Down on Design Engineers

Mouser Electronics Inc. has carved a niche for itself in the electronics components distribution market as a leading facilitator of design services for OEM and EMS engineering teams across the world. In the last several years the company has strengthened operations globally even while expanding product offerings to design engineers in North America, leading to…

Manufacturing Pace Slides on China & Currency Woes

It’s difficult not to be concerned over recent economic indicators and the stock market’s roller coaster ride, but the Institute for Supply Management, which tracks U.S. manufacturing activity, notes that domestic production expanded in August for the 75th consecutive month. Unfortunately, that expansion was at the slowest rate the country has seen since May 2013. The…

Messer Opens Specialty Gas Plant in Jiangsu, China

Shanghai  — Messer, the world’s largest owner-managed industrial gases specialist, announced it has recently started up an electronic specialty gases plant in Suzhou of Jiangsu Province. The new plant, which represents a significant investment of approximately $36 million, will become Messer’s production and logistics center in China to serve the electronics industries including flat panel display, semiconductor, LED and…

Johnson Controls to Build Automotive Battery Plant in China

Shanghai — Johnson Controls plans to build a new automotive battery manufacturing facility in the city of Shenyang in northeastern China as it continues to invest in the world’s largest new vehicle market. Johnson Controls has signed an investment agreement for a $200 million state-of-the-art plant that is located in the Tiexi District of Shenyang, the capital city of Liaoning Province. It will…

July: Manufacturing Adjusts Growth Pace

After setting several high marks for the year to date in June, the domestic manufacturing industry adjusted its growth pace in July. A leading national manufacturing index, the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, declined slightly from June to 52.7 percent. “The PMI was down 0.8 [percentage points] but still growing for the 31st consecutive month,”…