2015 will Test Your Corporate ‘Guanxi’

The electronics industry is a “relationships” business. It has always been. I daresay, though, that electronic component distributors have tended to build, nurture and value “relationships” as an integral part of business functions more than any other segments of the market. The Chinese call this “guanxi” referring to the network of trusted relationships that a…

ON Semiconductor Adds Two Japan-Based Distributors

ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ONNN), driving energy efficiency innovations, has announced new distribution channel partner agreements with two multi-national electronics trading franchises based in Japan. Ryosan Co., Ltd. and Macnica Inc. join the roster of ON Semiconductor channel sales partners to help expand domestic sales within Japan and work to drive sales growth in China…

Display Market in Flux, Researchers Say

Although thin-film-transistor liquid crystal display (TFT LCD) technology still leads the display market, demand for the panels has been diminishing for a while. One research firm predicts the TFT LCD market will reach its peak next year while another researcher says larger-size TFT LCD displays may have some life in them yet. RnRMarketResearch.com reports the…

China’s Memory Consumption Reaches 20%

China’s appetite for electronics continues to grow in spite of some recent softness in its manufacturing sector. As of this year, nearly 4.789 billion DRAM chips and 3.518 billion NAND Flash chips from the 2Gb category have been consumed in China, accounting for 19.2 percent and 20.6 percent, respectively, of the world’s total DRAM and…

Local Knowledge Extends Quality in Global Supply Chains

Diversification and expansion in the electronics market poses many challenges: there is a rapid emergence of new markets, an extension of supply chains, increased logistics and reverse logistics demands, not to mention rapidly growing, intense competition from new, locally-based OEMs. These market challenges are repeated across regions; they are similar regardless of point of origin…

UMC Agrees to 12” Fab Joint Venture in China

Hsinchu, Taiwan — The Board of Directors of United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) (NYSE: UMC; TWSE: 2303), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today resolved to participate in a 3-way agreement for a joint venture company focused on 12″ wafer foundry services with Xiamen Municipal People’s Government and FuJian Electronics & Information Group. Based on the agreement, UMC…