EMS, KATEK, agility

Talking With KATEK CEO Rainer Koppitz Part 5 – Maintaining Momentum

The KATEK group believes in autonomy across its companies, allowing individual leadership to manage each business in the group. That’s called a “speedboat” strategy, but when you have a veritable fleet of speedboats, how do you maintain that entrepreneurial approach and avoid becoming a cumbersome supertanker? In the final interview of this series, KATEK CEO…

demand, KMC, Elbit

Demand Fuels Tech Expansion, Defying Supply Headwinds

Since the onset of Covid-19 supply chain disruptions have only gotten worse. Shortages that began with global quarantines have been exacerbated by demand- and logistics-driven delays. But expectations of ongoing demand are prompting electronics companies to expand. Chip consumption, for example, isn’t going to decline. Semiconductor manufacturers are set to build 29 fabs over the…

Talking With KATEK CEO Rainer Koppitz – Part One – The Genesis of a Plan

In this series of short excerpts from an interview conducted by industry journalist Philip Spagnoli Stoten, KATEK CEO Rainer Koppitz explore the strategy, vision and ambition behind the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider. In the last 30 months Munich-based KATEK has risen from a concept within private equity firm Primepulse to one of the five…

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…