U.S.-China Trade War: Supply Chain Crisis or Opportunity?

Editor’s note on Special Project U.S.-China Trade War Damages Done: A permanent trade war with China has already thrust the supply chain in a mad scramble. Procurement costs have increased; partnerships have been severed; and companies have been forced to relocate manufacturing. Still, some companies see the conflict as a path toward differentiation President Trump’s…

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U.S. Factory Activity Cooled in February

U.S. manufacturers may be facing a bumpy ride in Q1 as the nation’s factory activity cooled in February. New orders, production and employment all declined from January levels, according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), and the PMI dropped 2.4 percentage points to 54.2 percent. As long as the PMI remains above 50, the manufacturing industry continues to expand. “We are still in the…

How Electronics Sourcing Practices Impact the Journey to Mars

The National Geographic channel’s “Mars” series has entered its second season and has inspired AspenCore’s Special Projects team to delve into the future of space exploration. Our “Road to Mars” report covers the designs, technologies and imagination that drive space research, and the electronics and sourcing infrastructure that support aerospace hardware development. The world’s fascination with Mars continues to fuel space…

Rutronik & Yageo Ink Pact for Ceramic Caps & Resistors

Rutronik Inc., a leading global broad-line stocking distributor of a comprehensive range of electronic components, semiconductors, and products and technology solutions for IoT and embedded systems, and Yageo Corporation, a global manufacturer of passive components, have entered into a long-term agreement regarding the supply of ceramic capacitors and resistors. As a result, Rutronik has secured…

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Tariff & Supply Anxiety Increase Even as Manufacturing Grows

U.S. manufacturing activity accelerated in June—but so did anxieties around electronic component shortages and tariffs. The Institution for Supply Management’s leading production index, the PMI, increased by 1.5 percent in June to 60.2. However, electronic component constraints are being felt across multiple manufacturing sectors. “Electronic component supply issues continue to disrupt production,” a transportation industry…

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U.S. Manufacturing’s Humming—Except for Shortages and Tariffs

U.S. manufacturers that rely on access to electronic components are on the brink of not being able to fulfill their customers’ orders. But manufacturing is still humming: The Institute for Supply Management’s leading factory index, the PMI, increased by 1.4 percent in May to 58.7. However, comments from the computer and electronics sector indicate OEMs…