Special Report: Navigating a Course to the Supply Chain’s ‘New Normal’

Editor’s note: Earlier this year the Special Projects team at AspenCore Media began compiling articles for a comprehensive report on the electronics supply chain. Although that project was delayed  — this is the supply chain, after all — the content provides an in-depth snapshot of the year that was. This is part of our Special…

How Can Companies Combat the Electronic Components Shortage?

The ongoing electronic components shortage continues to disrupt businesses across the economy. Combined with other current supply chain crises — like growing port congestion and a shortage of truck drivers — the shortage has made electronics device manufacturing much more of a challenge. For businesses navigating the shortage, these strategies may be the most effective…

Electronics Component Shortage: A Tale of Two Decades

In 2001, there was so much excess component inventory in the supply chain that more than $13 billion worth of semiconductors alone was written down or off by component makers, distributors and customers. People still wince at the memory. In 2021, there’s such a severe shortage of semiconductors that the automotive industry is set to…

Counterfeit Risk Rises When Supplies Run Short

The risk of procuring counterfeit electronics rises considerably during periods of component shortages. With semiconductor supplies remaining tight through the end of 2022, the industry faces a prolonged interval of increased risk. Industry sources have used the word “desperate” to describe the current shortage situation. When a high-priced product such as an automobile can’t be…

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Demand Patterns Shifting for MLCCs

Industrial, medical, and military demand for high quality, high-voltage multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) has been hit hard by a shift in production by the world’s largest MLCC manufacturers who are focusing on a seemingly insatiable demand for smaller, lower voltage – and in some way – lower performance MLCCs. This demand has been fueled by…

Component Shortages to ‘Last Well Into 2022,’ Execs Predict

The challenges related to semiconductor and other component shortages will be with us for a considerable time, according to more than a dozen manufacturing executives. We asked these decision-makers and their partners about  current issues; the impact of shortages; how long the scarcity will last and how they are protecting themselves from counterfeit goods. We…

Sales Outlook Moderates for Components

Long-term demand for electronic components remains robust although sales expectations for the third and fourth quarters have moderated, according to the ECIA. Concerns and uncertainty related to the economy, inflationary pressure and the resurgence of Covid-19 with potential shutdowns could account for the continuing shift of sentiment, said Chief Economist Dale Ford in a release.…

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Shortages Underline the Need For Better Component Data

The current component shortages are rocking the electronic manufacturing industry as well as the industries that depend on them, which, let’s face it, is most industries. Who’d have thought that a handful of electronic parts could halt production of millions of dollars or automobiles around the world. Well, that’s exactly what happened, and there have…