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Manufacturing Activity Slows as Tariff Concerns Grow

U.S. electronics companies are feeling the pressure of widespread component shortages, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s latest report. Although the overall U.S. manufacturing index — the PMI — remains robust, supply constraints and extended lead times have caused some computer and electronic companies to delay or even miss sales opportunities. “Supply constraints, extended lead…

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APEC Product Roundup: BOM and Space Savers

APEC is a leading conference for power electronics that showcases the latest innovations in power products. The overriding themes at this year’s show are system cost reduction through integration and lower bill of materials (BOM); faster time to market and simplifying design. Power electronics manufacturers also are keenly focused on delivering higher efficiency and cutting…

South Electronics Stocks Stackpole Resistors

South Electronics, an authorized distributor of industrial electronic components, has partnered with Stackpole Electronics, Inc to provide stock and availability on their entire line of resistive products. Stackpole Electronics Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of resistors supplying to the world’s largest OEMs. General purpose thick film chip resistors (RMCF series) are the most prolific part…

Allocation 2017: What’s Behind the Component Shortage

Component shortages are not just about increased demand. Any number of factors – production capacity, supply chain disruptions, obsolescence and technology migration – can contribute to product scarcity. For 2017 and 2018, supplier merger and acquisition (M&A) activity can be added to the causation list. Semiconductor and tech mergers reached an all-time high in 2016 and formed…

Why Analysts Are Skeptical About Component Demand

You can’t really blame financial analysts for their skepticism on current component demand. The last time the electronics supply chain took orders at face value the industry was left with $13 billion in semiconductor excess alone. Everyone from component manufacturers through OEMs had to write down or write off millions of dollars’ worth of inventory. At…

Component Shortages to Last ‘Longer Than Expected’

There’s no short-term relief ahead for electronics manufacturers that are scrambling for components. Tight supplies of capacitors and resistors are expected to last into mid-2018—longer than industry experts expected. The dreaded words “allocation” and “double-ordering” are coming up more frequently, meaning OEMs and EMS providers are facing long-term sourcing challenges. Thick- and thin-film chip resistor…

Ohmite Signs Distribution Deal with Future Electronics

Ohmite Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer of electronic resistors, heat sinks, heaters and custom assemblies recently signed a new global distribution agreement with Future Electronics. Greg Pace, President of Ohmite said, “We are thrilled to add Future Electronics as an authorized distributor knowing they will be a significant part of our global sales expansion.” Ohmite plans…

Bourns Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, is marking 70 years of electronic components innovation. Bourns was founded on July 7, 1947 by Marlan and Rosemary Bourns. The pioneering couple invented a product to accurately determine an aircraft’s pitch attitude solving a crucial problem that helped make aeronautics safer. Setting a strong technological…