How to Reduce Defects in the Automotive Supply Chain

The automotive industry and its robust and complicated supply chain is constantly striving to reduce defective parts per million (DPPM). With autonomous vehicles entering mainstream markets over the next decade, the quality requirements for many automotive electronic systems are increasing rapidly, and suppliers have been required to shift from DPPM to DPPB (defective parts per…

Mexico Benefits From Reshoring Trend

Depending on how one defines “reshoring,” manufacturing activity is increasing in the Americas. Specifically, electronics businesses and researchers say, Mexico is the biggest beneficiary of North American manufacturing companies re-thinking their global footprint. An executive of a U.S.-based electronics manufacturing services (EMS) company at a recent ECIA gathering said that bad experiences in China have had…

How to Plan for a Risk-Adjusted Supply Chain

As millennials begin to replace baby boomers in the electronics workforce, corporate priorities are beginning to shift. Millennials place significant value on their employer’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) stance, for example. As companies try to do good, however, they are also increasing their supply chain risks. Risk mitigation has become top of mind in the…

Case Study: ZeeVee Onshore and Offshore

When ZeeVee Inc. was founded in 2007, its principals knew exactly where it would manufacture: China. A significant number of OEMs and electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers had spent the prior decade moving manufacturing facilities there, so ZeeVee decided to follow best practices at that time. Today, ZeeVee, a manufacturer of video and signal distribution…

Advocate Says Reshoring’s Down, But Not Out

Although the pace of U.S. reshoring decelerated in 2015, one manufacturing expert says the trend is far from standing still. A recent report released by consultancy A.T. Kearney concluded that the U.S. reshoring train “has yet to leave the station.” The Reshoring Initiative (www.ReshoreNow) disagrees. “Repeated surveys by Boston Consulting Group, Plastics News/Nexant, Alix Partners…

The Power and Reach of Distribution

Component distributors are the closest thing the electronics industry has to Superman. That’s backed up by too many facts to be considered flattery. They do all the traditional things their group nomenclature – distributors – connotes but also much more. In fact, the largest distributors perform so many varied services for their customers (OEMs, EMS…