Espionage, Trade Secrets & Antitrust Violations: A Real-Life DRAM Drama Unfolds

In an escalating battle between the People’s Republic of China and the United States, on November 1, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a criminal complaint against United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), Fujian Jinhua Integrated, Co. Ltd (Jinhua), a Chinese government owned-enterprise, and Chen Zhengkun aka Stephen Chen (Chen). The charges included, among other things,…

GDPR Preparation & Compliance Limited

On May 25, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect in the European Union (EU), although the ripples will be felt worldwide. The regulations hope to enhance data protection of citizen’s personal data. Unfortunately, most organizations aren’t ready for the new rules, a new survey from analytics solution provider SAS found. “The…

European eCall Regulation Now in Effect

The European eCall regulation, which mandates all new vehicles be equipped with GPS and cellular automated emergency calling system, went into effect April 1. The directive, which was approved four years ago, poses a significant challenge to the connected car industry and its supply chain. It is already rare to see a brand-new car, of…

Make Environmental Compliance Part of Product Development

To stay competitive in today’s market, many manufacturers’ list environmental compliance and product sustainability as key elements for success. To support your environmental compliance objectives, you need a sustainability framework built on a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) foundation that allows you to phase-out non-sustainable components and materials, and design-in new and innovative ’green’ alternatives. As…

South America Finds New Riches in Lithium Supply

Despite advances in battery technology, production is still dependent on three elemental metals: cobalt, graphite, and lithium. The amount of lithium actually used in batteries is relatively small as a percentage of their total weight. That is why, despite the rising cost of the commodity, battery prices are falling as production increases. Companies, such as…

Incentivizing e-Waste Recycling

The United States is a nation of consumers, and there are few things we enjoy more than our electronic gadgets. Unfortunately, for every new device — or upgrade — introduced to the market, there’s an older model that becomes obsolete. The world produced 41.8 million metric tons of e-waste in 2014, according to a study…