How CSR Improves Supply Chain Relationships

Tech companies have been among the early drivers of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives but in general, businesses lack official performance targets and policies, according to Forrester Consulting. The inability to effectively assess individual suppliers and to measure overall supply chain performance are top impediments to progress. The research found CSR’s scope has grown beyond…

How China Plus One Diversifies Supply Chain Risk

Trade wars, tariffs and geopolitical concerns have spurred global electronics manufacturers to reassess their strategies regarding China. But rather than abandon the nation entirely, China Plus One is taking hold as a way to diversify supply chain risks. “Trade dynamics with China have changed,” said Vipul Kumar, manager, procurement and supply chain intelligence for business…

Avnet Loses Maxim Line Following ADI Acquisition

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with a statement from Avnet.  Maxim Integrated Products, which was officially acquired by Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) in August, is discontinuing its relationship with distributor Avnet Inc. Maxim accounted for roughly 3 percent of Avnet’s fiscal 2021 sales of $19.5 billion. The transition will take place over the…

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U.S. Factories Power Though Supply Chain Constraints

For 16 months the U.S. manufacturing sector has expanded in spite of – rather than thanks to – the global supply chain. The U.S. PMI in September increased by 1.2 percent to 61.1, according to the Institute for Supply Management. However, concern regarding the semiconductor shortage reached its highest level so far this year, said…

Counterfeit Risk Rises When Supplies Run Short

The risk of procuring counterfeit electronics rises considerably during periods of component shortages. With semiconductor supplies remaining tight through the end of 2022, the industry faces a prolonged interval of increased risk. Industry sources have used the word “desperate” to describe the current shortage situation. When a high-priced product such as an automobile can’t be…

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…

Tech Leads August U.S. Manufacturing Expansion

U.S. manufacturing powered through supply chain constraints in August to maintain a 15-month streak of expansion. New order and production levels underlined sustained demand while factories continued to struggle to find components, materials and workers. Tech companies led growth in August despite semiconductor and other supply shortages. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI increased 0.4…

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DRAM Shortage Spotlights Small Memory Suppliers

Sales of DRAM—the most commoditized of electronic components – grew 26 percent in Q2 2021 to $24.1 billion and propelled Samsung to the world’s leading chip supplier  for the same period. But DRAM is also known for frequent boom-to-bust cycles and supplies are looking tight into next year. All of which is good for fabless…