China Semiconductor Quest: The Last (but) Most Contentious Frontier

China’s desire for a bigger share of global semiconductor production will trigger massive changes in the industry, force further consolidation in the sector and accelerate the re-ordering of the electronics supply chain. EPSNews believes electronics makers must develop a viable response to China’s objective and work with the various governments involved to avoid a partitioning…

Supply Chain Risks Worry OEMs Most: Here are the Top 20

Electronics OEMs count supply chain risks as the most troubling set of challenges their businesses face, ahead of global economic malaise and geo-political issues. Problems such as inaccurate forecasts, sourcing constraints, supplier consolidation, pricing fluctuations, inventory management problems and the negative effects of natural disasters on shipping, procurement and logistics top the list of operating…

Can Millennials Cope With a Component Shortage?

As Baby Boomers make way for Millennials in the high-tech workforce, a new generation gap is yawning. The population reared in the digital age is engaging with colleagues whose golden rule is face-to-face communication. The current electronics market will test the skills of both generations. The electronics supply chain hasn’t faced a severe components shortage…

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U.S. Manufacturing: Up, Up and Away

The U.S. manufacturing industry in February expanded at its fastest pace since 2014, according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). The ISM’s leading businesses index, the PMI, increased 1.7 percent in February to 57.7 — its sixth consecutive month of growth. New orders played a significant role for the period, increasing by 4.7 percentage…

Conflict Minerals Rule: A Repeal Won’t Kill it

The Conflict Minerals Regulation is here to stay. A part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed into law in July, 2010 by then President Barack Obama, the conflict minerals regulation has become a global phenomenon. Despised by many industry associations but publicly embraced by all of the major players in…

Severe Electronics Components Shortages Possible in 2017

Is the electronics supply chain diving headlong into one of its infamous component undersupply situations and the associated procurement woes? Some industry veterans are concerned this may be the case as they watch average selling prices inch higher and demand strengthen in an environment marked by low inventories and limited manufacturing capacity. With companies keeping…

Distribution: More M&A on the Way

The stage is set for a new round of consolidation in the electronics components distribution market. Though still suffering from the effects of margin pressures, supplier and customer consolidation, commoditization and an almost morbid obsession with design engineers, distributors are about to embark upon the latest in a string of M&A actions that will improve…

General Cable Fined $82.3M for Supply Chain Accounting Errors, Bribery Acts

General Cable Corp. has agreed to pay more than $80 million in penalties to the U.S. government in settlement of charges related to inventory and accounting misstatements in Brazil and allegations it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act over a period of 12 years when it made “improper payments” to government officials in several African…

Purchasing Execs Bullish on 2017

Purchasing and supply management executives expect they’ll be buying more from their suppliers next year as the U.S. economy continues the recovery that began in 2009. More than two-thirds – 67 percent — of manufacturing respondents to the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Semiannual Economic Forecast expect their 2017 revenue will exceed 2016’s. The ISM’s…