SEMI Applauds Trade Progress

SEMI has praised a plan to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) and begin negotiations to finalize the deal.  Following a multiyear effort on behalf of global information and communication technology industries, a meaningful agreement now appears within reach, the organization said. SEMI (www.semi.org) worked with a host of industry and government officials in an…

Striking a Bimodal Balance in the Supply Chain

Balancing growth, innovation, and efficiencies to move into increasingly competitive markets comprises a directive that extends across executive responsibilities and into supply chain relationships. This balance is part and parcel of a set of strategic challenges not only for the semiconductor and electronics supply chain, but also across many industries. In the electronics industry, where…

Boon or Bust: What will TPP Deliver to U.S. High-Tech?

As the electronics industry seeks to shape the contours of its global supply chain for the next quarter century and beyond, several key organizations representing high tech companies say the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement will provide fertile ground for new market growth while, at the same time, offering a counterbalance to China’s growing influence…

Global Chip Sales Point to Shift in Supply Chain Balance

In the midst of the stock market tumbling in China and general, global economic malaise, there is still much to be said for sustainable growth trends across the semiconductor and electronics industry, from foundries to end-devices. However, along with this positive macro-trend for the industry is a disruptive shift that heralds a change in the…

Mouser Expands into China with Omron

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is pleased to announce an expansion agreement with Omron Electronic Components to deliver Omron products to its customers in China. Omron is a leading supplier of electronic components, including switches, relays, connectors, optoelectronics, and sensors that are used in consumer electronics, computer peripherals, office automation products and telecom applications. Mouser’s newly expanded distribution agreement with Omron…

Tsinghua-Micron: A Fake $23B Deal to Test U.S. Regulators?

Micron Technology Inc. may be an attractive acquisition target but it should not be on the acquisition menu of China’s Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd. as reported earlier this week by many news outlets. In fact, considering the likely regulatory opposition to the deal, it shouldn’t even be seriously considered by a Chinese company. This transaction doesn’t…

Foxconn’s India Move will Ripple through Supply Chain

After two long decades of jealously watching China rise to become the world’s No. 2 economy, India appears to be finally getting the attention of electronics manufacturers and may be on the cusp of benefitting from OEMs’ unceasing search for lower-cost production centers to boost competitiveness and increase profits. Foxconn International Ltd. is the latest…

Is the Industry Ready for Off-, Right- and Near-Shoring?

The high-tech industry has spent the better part of two decades working the kinks out of a supply chain that expanded rapidly into China. In addition to the bureaucracy the move entailed – many companies had to partner with a Chinese company in order to literally get a foot on the ground—the logistics of designing…

How Procurement Can Better Evaluate Risk vs. Opportunity

The semiconductor and electronics supply chain, like many other industries, is experiencing a renewed round of diversification strategies. There are a myriad of reasons and market opportunities driving the strategic shifts, but the bottom line remains a unified goal of increased business (volume and revenue) at improved costs with ever more finely managed risks. Among…