Tyco Issues Dividend

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland — Tyco Electronics Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) today announced that the $0.16 per share quarterly dividend for the second fiscal quarter of 2011 will be payable on March 16, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 8, 2011, subject to a required filing with the Swiss Commercial Register. The…

The Problem With Nokia

I was only half right. In a March 2009 article, I warned that {complink 3847|Nokia Corp.} was “vulnerable to a maturing mobile market” and that “rapid technological change is increasing the sophistication of consumers worldwide,” meaning Nokia needed to respond quickly to competition from high-end smartphone makers and low-end suppliers in China. As it turned…

Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Have you ever watched a baseball game and seen three outfielders converge on a high fly ball, only to stand idly by while the ball falls to the ground between them? Too often, the electronics supply chain’s approach to risk management mirrors this scenario. Everybody knows something needs to be done, but in the end,…

What if China Turned Off the Internet?

The Egyptian government's Internet service blackout cost the economy somewhere around $90 million over five days, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). How much would it cost your company if it happened in China? How would the company's manufacturing supply chain run, notify suppliers of changes, and alert logistics companies? Although…

Highlights From Arrow’s Earnings Call

Earnings results from global distributors continue to support growth expectations in electronics components demand through the first quarter. On Wednesday, {complink 453|Arrow Electronics Inc.} posted record revenues of $5.2 billion for its fourth quarter ended in December, a milestone for the global distributor. (See: Arrow Electronics Reports Record Q4.) As global distributors such as Arrow…

European EMS Market Still on Shaky Ground

Despite strong growth in 2010, the European electronics manufacturing services (EMS) market remains fraught with risk, with reduced government spending and high unemployment resulting in lower-than-average revenue increases during the next few years, according to a new IHS iSuppli research. The EMS industry in Europe grew nicely in 2010, reaching approximately $29.7 billion, up more…

Highlights From Avnet’s Earnings Call

The technology supply chain continues to approach what distributors see as more “normal” levels as supply, backlogs, inventories, and leadtimes are managed effectively, according to Roy Vallee, CEO of {complink 577|Avnet Inc.}. Avnet reported record sales of $6.8 billion for its fiscal quarter ended Jan. 1, an increase of 40 percent year-over-year. With pro forma…

Wesco Posts Q4

PITTSBURGH — WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications MRO and OEM products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistics services, today announced its 2010 fourth quarter and full-year financial results. The following are results for the quarter-ended December 31, 2010 compared to the quarter-ended December 31,…