Flextronics Wins HP Brazil Contract

Flextronics International Ltd. said it has signed a contract with Hewlett-Packard Co. to provide design chain, manufacturing and other supply chain management services in Brazil to support the company’s printing and personal systems business in the South American country. Under the terms of the agreement, Flextronics is expected to offer a wide range of services…

Flextronics Net Drops on Higher Costs

Flextronics International Ltd. reported profits for the fiscal 2014 second quarter shrank as the company faced higher operating costs and on a small decline in gross profit margins. The company said it believes cost-cutting measures introduced earlier in the year would help it improve the total operating structure. Net income at the top-tier electronics manufacturing…

SMTC Bags SpiderCloud Business

SMTC Corp. said it has signed an agreement to provide contract manufacturing services to communications equipment vendor SpiderCloud Wireless in North America, helping to boost sales at the EMS provider. The sales potential and volume shipment of the transaction was not disclosed and privately-owned SpiderCloud does not disclose its revenue numbers. Aside from the additional…

Benchmark Acquires EMS Division of CTS

Benchmark Electronics Inc. said it has bought the electronics manufacturing services unit of CTS Corp., paying approximately $75 million for the division. The business services the industrial, aerospace & defense, medical and communications market, according to a statement issued by Benchmark and CTS. Like many other medium-size contract manufacturers Benchmark has been deepening its offerings…

What happened to ‘Real Men Own Fabs’?

Jerry Sanders III, the oft-quoted, hard-fighting, co-founder and former CEO and chairman of Advanced Micro Devices Inc., who made the chest-thumping statement from which I took the headline for this blog, was right about many things in his long career in the semiconductor market. He was also wrong about a few things. Taking on Intel…

Intel Foundry: Leveraging Process Edge for Profit

The endorsement couldn’t be any sweeter. Intel Corp. is at least five years and “probably” more ahead of the competition in process technology, says John Daane, chairman, president & CEO of FPGA vendor Altera Corp. That’s why Altera will be sourcing semiconductor wafers from Intel starting in 2014, shifting wafer sourcing for high-end products from…

The Lure and Deception of Pricing Secrecy

Pricing secrecy is rampant in the electronics industry, governed by a strict regimen where suppliers are forbidden to disclose how much particular customers paid for their products and OEM and EMS provider procurement and purchasing experts consider pricing a “competitive weapon.” We are all living a lie. Let’s take one recent example from a large…

Resolving Emergency Components Shortages

Every purchasing person knows that from time to time some suppliers are not going to be able to help with either emergency shortages or alternate source component research and subsequent supply. When this is the case, things around the factory start to heat up and depending upon the urgency of the requirement, the company firefighters…

IP&E War Heats Up Electronics Supply Chain, Part 1

Large, billion dollar transactions are unusual in the interconnects, passives and electromechanical (IP&E) components market but recent developments point to a stirring in the sector that will have major impacts on OEMs, suppliers and parts distributors serving the sector. True, IP&E components are anything but glamorous and the main vendors — Amphenol, AVX, Kemet, Molex,…