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…

KMC Systems, medical, manufacturing, Covid-19, pandemic

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…

Obsolescence Insurance, a New High-Margin Business for EMS Companies

Previous articles have discussed a segmentation of the electronics market called Long Life Cycle(LLC) Products. LLC products are those whose useful life is longer than five years. In a subsequent article, the current state of the electronics ecosystem, and the connection of the LLC market to the AI/IOT mega-trends were also discussed.   Overall, LLC customers…