WEEE Creating a Recycling Boon

Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) regulations have created awareness about the hazardous materials used in electronics products and the end-of-life recycling issues associated with electronics products. It's also creating a huge recycling market that may create new sourcing opportunities for the electronics supply chain. Depending on which…

Global Growth Fuels Digi-Key’s EMEA Sales Team Expansion

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced the recent expansion of its European sales team. Five new hires in customer-facing roles will strengthen Digi-Key's position across all of Europe including Central and Southern Europe, the Nordic Region, the Baltics…

New Avnet Abacus Distribution Ups Access to Sensor Products in Europe

PHOENIX — Avnet Abacus, one of Europe’s leading interconnect, passive, electro-mechanical and power distributors and a business unit of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has signed a pan-European distribution deal with Measurement Specialties (MEAS), a global designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems. The new franchise agreement…

European Recession Grips Electronics Firms

As Europe's recession drifts into its record sixth consecutive quarter, the electronics industry must continue to negotiate a bumpy economic road. The euro zone economy contracted during the first quarter of the year, making the slump the region's longest in the postwar era and longer than the 2008 downturn that dragged down much of the…

How to Overcome the 4 C’s in Global Technology Shipping

There are lots of challenges in the technology supply chain ranging from sourcing decisions to global supplier selection and from management to distribution planning, but one challenge we haven't talked about before in this column is international shipping. With 96 percent of consumers worldwide living outside of the US representing two-thirds of the world's purchasing…

Europe-Asia Rail Link: One Step Closer?

The idea of connecting Europe and Asia with a uniform freight railway system recently took another step forward. Representatives of 37 countries signed a joint declaration on rail transport a few weeks ago. The declaration “could pave the way towards negotiation of a unified railway law (URL) making rail freight transport first between Asia and…

Infographic: Skills Gap Felt Globally

If you're in electronics, you're in luck. A global skills gap is driving demand for your expertise. The demand is not as great in developed regions such as North America, Japan, and Europe, but if you're willing to export your skills to a BRIC country (Brazil, Russian, India, China), you could find yourself very well…