Allocation 2017: What’s Behind the Component Shortage

Component shortages are not just about increased demand. Any number of factors – production capacity, supply chain disruptions, obsolescence and technology migration – can contribute to product scarcity. For 2017 and 2018, supplier merger and acquisition (M&A) activity can be added to the causation list. Semiconductor and tech mergers reached an all-time high in 2016 and formed…

Component Shortages to Last ‘Longer Than Expected’

There’s no short-term relief ahead for electronics manufacturers that are scrambling for components. Tight supplies of capacitors and resistors are expected to last into mid-2018—longer than industry experts expected. The dreaded words “allocation” and “double-ordering” are coming up more frequently, meaning OEMs and EMS providers are facing long-term sourcing challenges. Thick- and thin-film chip resistor…

Can Millennials Cope With a Component Shortage?

As Baby Boomers make way for Millennials in the high-tech workforce, a new generation gap is yawning. The population reared in the digital age is engaging with colleagues whose golden rule is face-to-face communication. The current electronics market will test the skills of both generations. The electronics supply chain hasn’t faced a severe components shortage…

Environmental Concerns to Boost Growth in Metal Oxide Varistor Market

A new study by Transparency Market Research (TMR) states that the global metal oxide varistor (MOV) market is highly competitive. The leading companies are focusing aggressively on research and innovation for the development of new products. As, the companies are concentrating more on utilizing automation for the production of varistor, the competition within this market is…

electronics, conflict minerals, Africa

How the SEC’s Shift on Conflict Minerals Will Impact Electronics

Portions of the electronics industry are applauding a policy shift toward the so-called “conflict minerals” rule that requires publicly traded U.S. companies to disclose the use of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) sourced from war-torn regions of Africa. Acting Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Michael Piwowar has directed agency staff to reconsider how companies…

Kemet Expands “Easy-to-Design-In” Toolset

KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM), a leading global supplier of electronic components, continued its leadership position in digital technology by announcing expansions to its repertoire of powerful electronic components tools. “KEMET is involved in the customer journey from idea to execution, and our commitment to unparalleled borderless service extends through our advanced digital tools,” said Per Loof, KEMET…

Kemet Intros Advanced Passive Components Search Engine

KEMET Corporation (NYSE: KEM), a leading global supplier of electronic components, introduced today its advanced passive components search engine. ComponentEdge offers a new component search experience. Users can search over 6.4 million part numbers with descriptive text or through interactive filtering. Search results are displayed in an intuitive interface built using the latest in mobile responsive web…

Electronics Ranks High in Conflict Minerals Compliance

In a very short period of time the electronics industry has moved from grudging acceptance of the so-called U.S. “conflict minerals” rule to a leadership position in compliance, research concludes. Moreover, companies that have embraced the measure to boycott materials mined in certain regions of the world are driving positive change throughout the supply chain.…

KEMET Honors Digi-Key

Thief River Falls, Minn.– Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Electronics, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, was given KEMET’s High Service Distributor of the Year award at the 2016 EDS Summit in Las Vegas, NV. The award was presented by Cheryl Swaim, High Service Distribution Account Executive; Monica Highfill, Vice President…

TTI Awards 10 Suppliers for Excellence

TTI, Inc., a world leading specialist distributor of electronic components, has announced the winners in its annual Supplier Excellence Awards, a prestigious review of performance based on rigorous analysis of a number of different metrics including on-time delivery, administrative quality, operations and business systems and joint customer support. The 2015 winners were: AVX, Bourns, FCI…