Where’s the Growth? Suppliers Seek Validation

AVX Corp. CEO John Gilbertson has been in the electronics components business long enough to know growth signs when they start cropping up in key industry segments like automotive, cloud storage, defense and telecom. Anecdotal reports, though, aren’t quite as reliable as definite component orders and as a company that sells 44 percent of its…

IP&E: Awaiting Stronger Distribution & End-Market Orders

Manufacturers of passive products anticipating strong sales growth in 2014 are pinning their hopes on improvements in key end-markets, including automotive, consumer electronics, telecommunications and even the defense sector but they say tepid distribution orders and low inventory levels indicate channel partners remain wary about the strength of the ongoing market recovery. Many of the…