China Makes Inroads in TV Outsourcing

China is no longer a destination for offshoring — it is becoming more of an an outsourcing economy in its own right. Because certain TFT LCD panels were scarce in 2014, according to IHS, top TV brands turned to TV subcontract manufacturers in China. BOE and TCL were chosen for their semi-set outsourcing and original…

Foreign Exchange: A Mixed Bag for Electronics

The industry is nearly half way through 2015 and it has been a mixed bag of market sentiment for the wider semiconductor and electronics industry. At a macro level, there is significant optimism mid- and long-term for volume and revenue growth. This growth optimism is due to the anticipated rise of the Internet of Things…

Akros Silicon Opens New Shanghai Office

San Jose, Calif. – Akros Silicon Inc., a premier supplier of leading-edge intelligent energy management ICs, announces the opening of a new office in Shanghai, China, to meet increasing product demand. The office is located at Building #2, BaiCun Park, Wang Yuan Road, FengXian District, Shanghai, and is Akros’ second office in China, the first being…

Arrow Completes ATM Electronic Buy

Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) announced today the successful completion of the acquisition of ATM Electronic Corp., a leading electronic component distributor headquartered inTaipei, Taiwan with substantial operations inChina. Arrow Electronics (www.arrow.com) is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as…

Ericsson Looks East As Western Rivals Merge

With customers merging and capital expenditure budgets shrinking in North America and Europe, Ericsson AB is shifting more marketing resources to Asia where the mobile and networking equipment OEM is hoping to benefit from a surge in infrastructure spending by governments and private communication services enterprises. The company aims to keep up a vibrant presence…

Nokia Stays Out of Phone Business for Good

Nokia Corp. said it has no plans to re-enter the mobile communications handset market, effectively curbing growing speculations the company intended to make smartphones in China with a contract manufacturer. In an unusual response, Nokia issued a tersely-worded press statement stating clearly the reports about it intending to make smartphones were “false, and include comments…

$1B Fine and Qualcomm’s China Problem Still Isn’t Over?

What would it take to make Qualcomm Inc.’s China problem go away, permanently? In February, the semiconductor supplier coughed up $975 million to settle charges of anti-monopoly practices in China and agreed to other painful steps that will make local rivals more competitive. Yet these actions haven’t relieved Qualcomm of its China headache. Sales in…

What Nokia Should Really be Buying: a Chinese Rival

Nokia Corp. should be buying China’s ZTE Corp. and not Alcatel-Lucent SA, which it this week agreed to buy for $16.6 billion. If approved by regulators and shareholders such a deal would be transformative and open up new growth vistas across the industry, potentially sparking a flurry of East-West and West-East mergers and acquisitions. The…

Reshoring: A Reality Check

For those who are not fans of TV’s Saturday Night Live, Debbie Downer is a character that finds the dark cloud in every silver lining. A.T. Kearney may just be the Debbie Downer of the U.S. manufacturing industry. An A.T. Kearney report released late last year concluded that the trend toward reshoring manufacturing in the…