Jabil Enters Reference Design Market with Intel

Jabil Circuit Inc. said it has agreed to produce reference designs based on Intel Corp. intellectual property for “intelligent vending” manufacturers as semiconductor companies continue to push deeper into OEM design chains. The move enables Jabil to continue its focus on diversifying its services to include a wider segment of the manufacturing economy. Intelligent vending…

Flextronics Fiscal Q4 Sales Sag, Profits Rise

Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX), a leading end-to-end supply chain solutions company, today announced results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2015: Flextronics net sales for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2015 were just under $6.0 billion, slightly below its previously provided revenue guidance of $6.0 billion to $6.4 billion. Despite the…

Flextronics Buys MCi to Boost Automotive Offering

Flextronics International Ltd. said it will pay $494 million for Mirror Controls International to broaden its offerings and services to automotive manufacturers. The acquisition of the supplier of mirror actuators to the automotive industry will further help Flextronics smoothen sales growth and reduce its dependence on markets susceptible to wild demand swings, according to company…

Celestica Named Juniper Supplier of the Year

Celestica Inc. (NYSE, TSX: CLS), a global leader in the delivery of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions, announced that it has received the 2014 Supplier of the Year Award from Juniper Networks. The award was presented at Juniper Networks’ recent Supplier Summit in Sunnyvale, California. The 2014 Supplier of the Year Award recognizes Celestica for its…

Even Electronics Design is now a Commodity

Electronics design – the last bastion of fat margins for electronics manufacturers – is the latest victim of the waves of commoditization that have eroded margins in the high-tech market for decades. Efforts to fight commoditization in recent years have focused industry resources on differentiation primarily in the design of proprietary products but even this…

Top 20 Electronics Supply Chain Myths

Electronics manufacturers are used to harsh cyclical downturns often caused by their reliance on unverified assumptions about industry fundamentals. Even the biggest chipmakers, OEMs and other leading supply chain players have fallen victims to these myths, many of which sound quite believable and continue to be propagated by some top industry executives. Bursting any of…

Building Lasting Supply Chain Alliances

No enterprise involved in the electronics supply chain operates in a vacuum, not even companies that have a monopoly on their economic sector. It’s easy, though, for a business to keep a relationship going on past its benefits for the wrong reasons. It’s a trap a former British foreign secretary and prime minister identified generations…

Sanmina Bags Nokia Quality Award

Sanmina Corporation (SANM) said Nokia Networks, the world’s specialist in mobile broadband, recently recognized it for outstanding quality with a 2014 Quality Award for Supplier Excellence. With more than 6000 suppliers worldwide, managing quality is crucial to Nokia Networks’ success and growth. The Nokia Networks Quality Awards program was established to encourage and reward superior…