Component Sales Forecast: Stable as She Goes

Several research firms describe the electronics market environment as “stable” entering the all-important calendar Q4. Lead times, for example, have leveled out, according to LevaData and the ECIA, and demand shows no sign of abating. However, logistics experts continue to point to seemingly endless backups at international seaports and retailers are bracing for holiday shipping…

Speedbumps Abound on the Road to Digitization

“Digitization” is, like “resilience,” the new mantra for the supply chain. Digital applications range from automated paperwork to complex networks that provide end-to-end visibility of global supply and manufacturing operations. Digitized systems work across geographies and products to provide real-time data on inventory, delays, disruptions and resolutions to manufacturing sites and supply-chain partners. Interconnected supply…

Optos, Sensors & Discretes Defy Covid Economy

A broad-based economic rebound in 2021, fueled by pent-up demand and a steady recovery in global commerce after the 2020 outbreak of the Covid-19 virus pandemic, is forecast to lift total sales in optoelectronics, sensors and actuators, and discrete semiconductors (O-S-D) by 13 percent to $99.4 billion this year, according to IC Insights. IC Insights…

U.S. Manufacturing Expects 6.9% Sales Growth in 2021

Expansion of U.S. manufacturing growth that began trending upward last summer is expected to continue through 2021, along with growing capital spending and rising capacity utilization, according to the Institute for Supply Management. ISM’s semiannual economic forecast predicts U.S. manufacturers will record a healthy net increase in revenues totaling 6.9 percent this year, reversing a…

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Manufacturers Expect Revenue & Profit Boost in 2020

U.S. manufacturers are surprisingly upbeat about their prospects in 2020, anticipating growth in revenue, profitability, imports and exports. The outlook isn’t so positive for employment and capital expenditures, which will remain flat or decline next year, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s semiannual forecast. Manufacturers expect revenue will grow 4.8 percent next year –…

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Manufacturing Index Contracts for Third Straight Month

U.S. factory activity contracted for the third straight month in October as trade issues, the GM strike and global economic uncertainty plagued the market. The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index registered 48.3 last month, up slightly from a 10-year low of 47.8 in September. New orders, employment and inventories all rose from September but…

A Wild Week; EDS Wraps, and a Bumpy H2 for Component Demand

As component manufacturers and distributors gathered for the annual EDS trade show, fears of a 2019 recession had largely abated. The year could end slightly ahead of 2018, one global distributor projected, assuming the market environment remains “normal.” That was Wednesday. By Friday, the U.S. had escalated its trade war with China and the supply…