U.S. Manufacturing Expands in January at Slightly Slower Pace

U.S. manufacturing activity remained robust at the start of the year although pandemic-related supply and worker constraints curtailed production and drove prices up. The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index, the PMI, decreased by 1.8 percent in January to 58.7 from the December level of 60.5. The index remains well above 50, the line of…

DRAM Demand Returns; Q3 Global Sales Up 4%

Demand-side inventory for DRAM in 2H19 has returned to relatively healthy levels, according to the DRAMeXchange research division of TrendForce. Furthermore, some vendors pulled their quarterly product shipment forward to avoid potential negative impacts from Trump’s impending tariffs; this shift skyrocketed DRAM suppliers’ sales bits in 3Q19, driving total DRAM revenue up by 4 percent…

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U.S. Manufacturing Contracts for First Time in 3 Years

The nation’s leading factory index in August contracted for the first time in three years as new orders, production and employment all fell below 50 — the threshold between growth and contraction. The Institute for Supply Management’s PMI dropped to 49.1 percent last month, its lowest reading since 2016. Business confidence has also declined as…

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DRAM Contract Prices Remain Under Pressure; NAND Poised for Rebound

DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce, reports that following the Toshiba outage in mid-June, the Japanese government announced that it will be controlling South Korea-bound exports of three key materials used in the manufacturing of semiconductors, smartphones and panels, causing module manufacturers in the memory industry downstream to give higher quotes. However, since DRAM and NAND Flash…

Tariffs: Will the Electronics Industry get What it Needs?

Editor’s Note: This is the second of two articles examining the impact of tariffs — positive and negative–on the electronics industry. For political pundits, the United States government’s tariff strategy is about political leverage. For electronics OEMs, however, tariffs are about business. “As a United States patron, I look at it through the lens of…