Jabil to Expand Vietnam Operation

Jabil Circuit, Inc. (JBL), a global provider of design, engineering manufacturing and supply chain solutions, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the management board of Saigon Hi-Tech Park in Vietnam. The agreement will allow the company to expand its current operation in the hi-tech park. Vietnamese governmental officials joined the Saigon Hi-Tech Park…

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…

Plexus Cuts Fiscal Q3 Sales Forecast

Plexus Corp. has lowered its fiscal third quarter revenue and profit estimates due to production problems at one of its factories and unanticipated weakness in demand from customers in the networking and communications equipment market. The Wisconsin-based electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider said it now projects revenue for the quarter ended July 4 will be…

Flextronics Opts for More Supply Chain Intelligence

Flextronics International Ltd. gets it. Accurate and useful information is at the heart of everything enterprises do. Without it success may never arrive and if it does, it will be fleeting. That’s why the company has recently launched a software-based program to generate and share information about a variety of market issues with customers and…

Impinj Names Plexus 2014 Partner of the Year

Plexus Corp. (PLXS), said Impinj, a leading provider of RAIN RFID (radio-frequency identification) solutions that deliver Item Intelligence(TM), recognized Plexus as their 2014 Partner of the Year. The award acknowledges Plexus for providing exceptional quality, on-time delivery, and collaborative engineering services for a new product introduction during 2014 that required quick-turn development of a complicated…

What’s for Sale: Electronics or Propaganda?

The urge to control corporate messaging can be difficult to resist for even a specialization-obsessed economics sector like the electronics industry. It’s a move that’s worth resisting, though, because the payoff is limited and the outcome could even be negative. The golden age of specialization was championed by electronics manufacturers and few other industries take…

Flextronics to Make NEXTracker Controllers

Flextronics International Ltd. said it has been selected to manufacture self-powered tracker controllers for NEXTracker Inc., a producer of horizontal tracking equipment used for solar projects, efficient power conversion (EPC) facilities and other energy systems. NEXTracker’s products are used in clean technology programs across several continents and the company operates offices in Asia, Europe and…

Contractors Ogling Distribution Business Again

A turf war between electronics components distributors and contract manufacturers shouldn’t surprise anyone. The two groups operate razor-thin margin businesses and while they offer critical services neither is truly at the top of the electronics industry food chain. To further complicate matters, OEMs can (and sometimes do) reap major benefits from pitching distributors against electronics…