“Next-shoring”? Manufacturing’s New Watershed Moment

Industry forecasts point to significant growth for the duration of 2014 and beyond; but this growth is not just more of the recent same. There are new demand drivers shifting the supply chain balance and with it a new trend in manufacturing is budding. At the center of the growth in consumer electronics is the…

NJR, UMC Achieve High-Volume MEMS Microphone Mfg

Hsinchu — New Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (New JRC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TSE: 2303) (“UMC”), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today announced that the two companies have successfully collaborated to achieve high-volume manufacturing for NJR’s MEMS (micro electro mechanical system) microphone products. Adding UMC’s MEMS manufacturing capabilities to NJR’s Fukuoka and Kawagoe fabs will ensure NJR’s…

ISM: Manufacturing Grew in July

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®. The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management®(ISM®)Manufacturing…

Emerging Markets Attract High-Tech but Dangers Lurk

Two demographic trends are positioning emerging markets at the forefront of the technology sector’s future: The rise of the global middle class and urbanization. Over the last decade, the cumulative proportion of global output for the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) has increased from 38 to 50 percent. Other emerging markets,…

Zentech Receives IPC Validation

IPC’s Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Zentech Manufacturing Inc., an electronics and engineering service firm in Baltimore, Md. The facility underwent an intensive two-day audit based on two of IPC’s foremost standards: IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies and IPC-A-610, Acceptability of…

US Manufacturing: 9.1% Growth Expected For 2014

A majority of U.S. manufacturing executives expect their sales will grow a little more than 9 percent for the rest of 2014, according to the Institute of Supply Management’s  semi-annual survey of purchasing and supply managers.  Of the 18 industries predicting growth, computer and electronics products fall a disappointing 12th on the list. Textile manufacturers…

Manufacturing: Mexico’s Appeal Grows as Chinese Costs Soar

Labor costs in Mexico are still generally higher than in China but the total cost of manufacturing in the North American country has fallen recently below its Asian rival’s, spurring a rethink amongst OEMs about the best place to site production facilities. In the last few years, many U.S.-based manufacturing companies have either moved or…