April PMI: Demand Bumps Up Against Supply

Labor and supply constraints continue to limit U.S. manufacturing momentum even as demand remains robust. The nation’s leading factory index, the PMI, declined 4 percent in April, but depleted customer inventories and increasing factory backlogs bode well for the long-term health of the industry. “Recent record-long lead times, wide-scale shortages of critical basic materials, rising…

Mouser Poised for Bounceback in EMEA Electronics Market

Even in the most challenging of economies, electronics companies design new products. Component makers and distributors that assist OEMs with their designs stand to benefit from high margins or volume orders once an item reaches mass production. Catalog distributors that specialize in low-volume, high-mix design and engineering orders, such as Mouser Electronics, weather market volatility…

2021 Semiconductor Unit Shipments to Reach New Record

Total semiconductor unit shipments, which include integrated circuits as well as optoelectronics, sensor/actuator, and discrete (O-S-D) devices, are forecast to rise 13 percent in 2021, to 1,135.3 billion (1.1353 trillion) units to set a new all-time annual record, based on data presented in the 2021 edition of IC Insights’ McClean Report—A Complete Analysis and Forecast…

Executive Order Clears Path to $37 Billion Chip Investment

President Biden on Wednesday signed, as expected, an executive order that paves the way for allocation of $37 billion federal government investment to address the chip supply shortfall. Industry reaction has been positive with both the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) immediately issuing statements showing relief that the…

The Electronics Supply Chain Faces Ongoing Challenges

The electronics supply chain faces more challenges than usual, so companies are reassessing all aspects of their business to maintain resilience. Supply chain partners can reduce these difficulties through strategic planning. Here are some of the most pressing challenges, and some remedies. The Covid-19 pandemic As the world grappled with the Covid-19 pandemic, the electronics…