manufacturing, U.S., Factory

U.S. Manufacturing Closes 2020 on a High Note

U.S. manufacturing activity in December surged to its highest level in more than two years despite supply chain disruptions and Covid-19-related employment constraints. The Institute for Supply Management’s purchasing index, the PMI, reached 60.7 last month, an increase of 3.2 percent from its November reading. Any reading above 50 indicates manufacturing expansion. The tech industry…

KMC, Covid-19, manufacturer, EMS, electronics

How One EMS Thrives in a Covid-Disrupted Market

KMC Systems Inc. isn’t  just surviving the Covid-19 pandemic — it’s thriving. The medical equipment it manufactures is, of course, in critical demand.  But the proximity of KMC’s suppliers – 90 percent are within 200 miles of the Merrimack, NH, electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider —  enables it to fulfill surging orders. The supply chain’s…

Intel Retains Rank as No. 1 Semiconductor Supplier in 2020

The semiconductor industry has been one of the most resilient markets during this coronavirus-plagued year. Seven top-15 semiconductor suppliers are forecast to show ≥22% growth in 2020 with Nvidia expected to post a huge 50% increase, reports IC Insights.  Leading semiconductor supplier Intel, with only 4% growth, managed to maintain its No. 1 ranking. The…

e-commerce, Covid-19, Logistyx

Avoiding the Strain of Shipping Capacities this Holiday Season

Though the holidays are considered “peak season” for parcel shipping every year, unprecedented increases in e-commerce look to bring a new level of intensity in 2020. According to a recent report from Salesforce, businesses relying on parcel shipping face a likely capacity crunch this holiday season. Covid-19 transformed the holiday landscape Although the Covid-19 pandemic hit retail hard, not all retailers have struggled.…

The Electronics Supply Chain Faces Ongoing Challenges

The electronics supply chain faces more challenges than usual, so companies are reassessing all aspects of their business to maintain resilience. Supply chain partners can reduce these difficulties through strategic planning. Here are some of the most pressing challenges, and some remedies. The Covid-19 pandemic As the world grappled with the Covid-19 pandemic, the electronics…

Sales of Optos, Sensors/Actuators, Discretes Stabilize

About eight months after the Covid-19 virus pandemic accelerated around the world—causing lockdowns in many countries and driving the global economy into a deep recession—sales of optoelectronics, sensors and actuators, and discrete semiconductors have stabilized. In some  cases, revenues have begun showing signs of a slight recovery in the second half of 2020, which is…

electronics, manufacturing, risk, software

How Software Mitigates Risks in Electronics Manufacturing

The ongoing Covid-19 crisis has brought disruption and presented new challenges across every industry. For the electronics manufacturing sector, there are dozens of challenges that accompany the “new normal”—from remote work and stay-at-home orders, to travel restrictions and supply chain complexities. Although businesses have had to rapidly pivot and completely transform their operational standards to…