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…

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.…

Rutronik Adds Advantech IoT Kit

Advantech presents IoT Gateway Starter Kit in collaboration with Intel and Microsoft. This kit will jumpstart IoT innovations with a reliable platform and open gateway technologies. It is available at distributor Rutronik as of now. The whole package includes a ready-to-run system (Intel Celeron J1900 platform and Windows 7 Embedded), IoT software platform service (WISE-PaaS),…

Electronics Makers Forge Alliances for IoT Opportunities

Electronics manufacturers are forming alliances, partnerships and joint ventures in the global supply chain to tap sales opportunities for connected devices and better position themselves to service the growing market for the Internet of Things (IoT). The number of these alliances forged by OEMs, contract manufacturers, component suppliers, design firms and distributors has surged in…

Wearable Sensors to Grow 45.2% Through 2020

The burgeoning wearable electronics market would likely not exist if it weren’t for wearable sensors. The global wearable sensors market was valued at $70 million in 2014, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 45.2% from 2014 to 2020, according to a recent report. Wearable sensors are one of the most important components…

Nokia Stays Out of Phone Business for Good

Nokia Corp. said it has no plans to re-enter the mobile communications handset market, effectively curbing growing speculations the company intended to make smartphones in China with a contract manufacturer. In an unusual response, Nokia issued a tersely-worded press statement stating clearly the reports about it intending to make smartphones were “false, and include comments…

Tech Firms Fret Over ‘Chilly’ China

Foreign technology companies and other Western multinational enterprises operating in China are becoming increasingly concerned about recent Chinese government anti-trust actions that they complain put them at a disadvantage against local competitors. The companies are wary of voicing their opinions publicly and are instead using back channels and political pressure from their home governments to…

Microsoft to Cut 18,000 Jobs

Microsoft Corp. today announced a restructuring plan to simplify its operations and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy. These steps will result in the elimination of up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 professional and factory positions will be eliminated through…