Surging China Alters Components Distribution Hierarchy

The East vs. West struggle for economic dominance and relevance is turning the global electronics components distribution market on its head. A mere nine years after it was incorporated, WPG Holdings Ltd. is threatening to upstage Arrow Electronics Inc. as the No. 2 global electronics components distributor in what is shaping up as the most…

SMIC Founds 12-inch CIS Supply Chain in China

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (“SMIC”; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981), China’s largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry, today announced that the first 12″ color filter & micro lens array production line in mainland China has been completed and put into production by Toppan SMIC Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (“TSES”), a joint venture of SMIC and Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. (“Toppan”).…

Electronics Supply Chain Redefining China’s Role

Compared to other industries, the technology industry has a truly cross-regional reach. Supply chains for products like semi-conductors, consumer electronics, mobile devices, PCs, tablets and printers are global in nature, as parts are being supplied from across the world. However, there is a shift in production and consumption as the attractiveness of emerging markets continues…

China OEMs Buying More Through Distribution

Manufacturers in China are expected to spend, on average, $34 million on components in 2014, according to a new report by Global Sources and eMedia Asia. That figure represents an increase of 26 percent over 2013 purchases, and more of that spend is going through the distribution channel. By all accounts, the use of the channel…

Avnet EM Pivots Acquisitions Toward Asia

Asia’s electronic components distribution market is ripe for consolidation and Avnet Inc., the world’s top player in the sector, says it is putting the finishing touches to a strategic plan to grow strongly in the region via acquisitions and by leveraging existing investments to support customers and suppliers in refining their supply chain management offerings.…

How America II Juggles Spot-Market & Scheduled Orders

Now in its 25th year of business, America II has expanded globally and has consistently ranked as one of the top distributors in its market. It hasn’t always been easy – independent (or non- authorized) distributors have faced an uphill battle in establishing themselves as trustworthy sources of supply. America II’s President Brian Ellison spoke…

Intel Outlines China Plans

As the computing industry landscape undergoes rapid transformation, Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich today outlined the company’s plans to build upon its nearly 30-year history in China, and collaborate with the growing technology ecosystem, particularly in Shenzhen, to accelerate new innovation and reshape the computing industry. During his keynote, Krzanich discussed how Intel and the…

Restoring Trust in High-Tech Product Integrity

The U.S. government data mining and spying program conducted by the National Security Agency dealt a crippling blow to trust and confidence in the integrity of business intelligence and products following its revelation by former contractor Edward Snowden. In the electronics industry, the process of cleaning up the mess and restoring confidence in the relationships…