DCA Expectations & Predictions for 2011

What environmental (and social) performance-related requirements can the electronics industry expect from regulators, NGOs, and competitors in 2011? Here’s both what we at {complink 12808|Design Chain Associates LLC (DCA)} know, and what we guess, will happen: Two more lists of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) from the European Union that you will have to…

More on Anti-Counterfeiting: Defending Your Brand

A lot of attention is paid to measures that try to thwart counterfeiting. Equally important, says Phil Huff, CEO of Brandwatch Technologies, a provider of brand security and product authentication solutions, is what a business does when a counterfeit product is discovered. (See: In Search of Counterfeiting’s Silver Bullet.) As part of an overall strategy…

More on Cash Hoarding & the Confidence Crisis

An article in this week's Newsweek resonated with me because of discussions we've had on this site about companies sitting on cash. (See: Cash Hoarders & the Confidence Crisis.) The headline is “Holding Dollars Hostage,” and the article is about global companies holding and investing cash abroad. The gist of this article is the US…

Don’t Dictate – Collaborate

The electronics supply chain faces a number of challenges when it comes to establishing compliance with various laws and practices. Just as the industry seems to have RoHS figured out, the REACH chemical-restriction initiative comes along. Most recently, the US government is poised to ask companies to prove they don’t use so-called “conflict minerals.” (See:…