Supply Chain Volatility: The New Norm

Despite my years in the electronics industry, I continue to be fascinated with the global supply chain and remain amazed at its overall efficiency. However, I also recognize the constant presence of supply chain volatility — a volatility that has now become the new norm impacting every supply chain decision we make. Contributing to this…

They Eat Horsemeat, Don’t They?

NUREMBERG, Germany — I've spent this week in Europe for Embedded World here but transited through the UK, and it's hard to miss the top news story here: The unfortunate discovery of horsemeat in frozen beef burgers on what appears to be a massive scale. The scandal has provoked a recall of the burgers with…

Does the US Lag on Technology Adoption?

The US may be home to mammoth technology brands like Apple, Amazon, Intel, and Google, but when it comes to adopting new media technology, it's running behind other countries. In fact, the US doesn't even make the top 10 countries in ZenithOptimedia's recently released New Media Forecasts study of 19 advanced markets and new media…

Honeywell Names Volpe as VP/GM for EMEA

MINNEAPOLIS – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Sensing and Control (S&C) today announced that Remi Volpe has been named Vice President-General Manager for S&C’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA). In this role, Remi will strengthen the region’s alignment to S&C’s global business goals and is responsible for driving continued growth in the region. “EMEA is…

European Distributors See Pockets of Hope

Europe may be causing many executives to shrug their shoulders with continued uncertainty, but some distributors are making the most of the unpredictable economic spiral and ratcheting up decent financial quarters. {complink 12816|Mouser Electronics Inc.}, for instance, recently reported strong and continuing growth with its nine European offices in Germany, the UK, Czech Republic, France,…

Alliance Memory Announces Distribution Agreement

SAN CARLOS, Calif. — Alliance Memory today announced a distribution agreement with Transfer Multisort Elektronik Company (TME), the largest online and catalogue electronic components distributor in Central and Eastern Europe. Under the agreement, TME will offer Alliance Memory's entire lineup of SRAMs and DRAMs to customers in the European Union, Ukraine, Russia, and Arab countries.…

GM Supply Chain Moves, Intrigues & Puzzles

Here's a rare thing: A car company invests in the United Kingdom instead of Germany as a place to build out its supply chain and future car lines. A few weeks ago, {complink 12709|General Motors} said it will allocate production of its next-generation Astra compact car model to its manufacturing plants in Ellesmere Port, UK…

Plexus Will Build Facility in Romania

NEENAH, Wis. — Plexus Corp. (Nasdaq:PLXS) today announced plans to construct a new manufacturing facility in Oradea, Romania. The facility, which will be located in the Eurobusiness Industrial Park, will replace Plexus' existing leased facility in Oradea. The new facility will have 280,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space, with adjacent land available for…

How Will Tech Fare in the European Crisis?

Late last week, European Union heads of state gathered to hash out regulatory details for greater financial unity, find ways to bolster resources, and, once again, try to get more control over the unwieldy debt crisis. This week, the Web is awash in headlines about the agreement's fallout, stock market jitters, and, as always, political…