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.…

Top Semiconductor Suppliers Show Strong Growth in Q1

The semiconductor industry appears to be firing on all cylinders, experiencing good demand across multiple industries including automotive, communications, industrial, medical, and the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). The top 20 semiconductor manufacturers increased sales by nine percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the first quarter of last year, according to the…

distributors

It’s Official: Amazon is Selling Components

The announcement heralds “convenience, business-only selection and pricing and free two-day shipping.” “Catalog distributor” you say? Nope.  Amazon.com/business, which was announced today. In many ways, it’s the distribution industry’s worst nightmare. To date, the esoteric, complex and often-expensive electronics components that engineers use to design high-tech products were sold predominantly directly from suppliers or through…

Top Semiconductor Suppliers to Record Double-Digit Growth

Nine of the top 20 semiconductor suppliers are expected to record double-digit growth in 2014, according to a preview of the IC Insights 2014 McClean Report. The Top 25 semiconductor supplier report reveals that sales at TSMC, MediaTek, and SK Hynix are each expected to increase by more than 20 percent in 2014. The Semiconductor Industry…