Mouser Supports Channel in China

Mouser Electronics, Inc., a leading global distributor of authorized semiconductors and electronic components, affirmed its support for the development of the design chain in western China at the recent Chinese Electronics Distributor Alliance Leaders Summit (CEDA Leaders Summit), held in Xian. As a founding member of CEDA, Mouser is devoted to helping facilitate the development of franchised distribution services…

China Suspends Cyanide-Gold Plating Ban

On September 23, 2013, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China issued a circular postponing the implementation of the regulation that would have eliminated cyanide-gold plating at the end of 2014. The proposed requirement for the elimination of auric potassium cyanide gold electroplating and potassium aurocyanide gold plating processes was originally issued in…

What will it Cost to Clean up China in 2050?

It’s 2050 and a new generation of Chinese leaders are tackling the country’s terrible pollution problems. Major cities are cloaked in a heavy unbreathable haze, citizens are gagging on the streets, rivers and ground water have heavy contamination of PCB and other hazardous pollutants and surging health care costs are chewing up personal and national…

Avnet’s Fay: Hynix Fire Exposes Supply Chain Vulnerability

For years now I have been advocating the importance of having a comprehensive and proactive risk management strategy to protect the continuity of the supply chain when a disruption occurs. And though I believe that there is indeed a greater awareness of the importance of risk management, the apparent panic ignited by the recent Hynix…

What if the Prodigal OEMs all Return?

It’s a barely noticeable trickle now but what if all the prodigal Western OEMs who shifted production en masse to low-cost locations in Asia suddenly move even a single-digit percentage of their manufacturing volume back home? Will the electronics supply chain be able to handle the flood and does the industry anymore have the intellectual…

EU Solar Tariffs a Mixed Bag for Vendors

The European Union’s tariff on solar panels and modules manufactured in China will impact the electronics market on several fronts. For manufacturers in the solar business, prices will stabilize or increase due to lessened competition from Chinese vendors. Buyers, however, may experience the opposite: prices for the subassemblies that make up a solar system may…