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…

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…

The Future of Global Electronics Supply Chains

The complexity of global supply chains depends largely on what and how much you’re sourcing. With some materials — like paper — you’ll find a suitable supplier almost anywhere in the world. However, in the electronics industry, things are not so straightforward. Multiple commodities from multiple suppliers across various geographic locations mean global electronics supply…

Covid-19

EU Chip Makers Weigh Production Risks Amid Covid-19

As the Covid-19 outbreak has worsened in Europe, semiconductor manufacturers have had to examine the health issues and risk factors for their workers. Most of Europe is under lockdown, paralyzing the economy and daily life of hundreds of millions of people. PSA Group, Renault, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, Ferrari, among other car manufacturers, have suspended production…