counterfeit components, seizures

How to Weaken the Link Between Component Shortages & Counterfeits

Component shortages always prompt OEMs and EMS providers to seek alternative sources. Periods of scarcity also exacerbate the flow of counterfeit devices into the electronics supply chain. The extent of this problem remains an unknown as incidents of counterfeits are under-reported. But there are estimates: The counterfeit semiconductor market has reached $75 billion according to Industry…

electronics distribution, components, sourcing

Sourceability Offers a Unique Model in Electronics Distribution

In a mature market such as electronics distribution, start-ups are rare. Would-be distributors face an abundance of OEM and EMS customers demanding a unique value proposition from their channel partners. Sourceability has spent the last several years investing in a network of global distribution centers Singapore, Hong Kong, and Miami. The company doesn’t call itself an…

transportation, emissions, electronics supply chain

3 Steps to Reduce Emissions in a Complex Electronics Supply Chain

Electronics manufacturers are asking for more sustainability data from suppliers as the meaning of Corporate Social Responsibility extends further up and down the supply chain. These conversations are opportunities to manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a potentially significant source: freight transportation. From materials-sourcing to manufacturing, distribution, take-back, and recycling, transportation-related GHG emissions data can…

Electrocomponents Acquires MRO-Solutions Provider IESA

In line with our strategy to build out our value-added service proposition, Electrocomponents plc is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement to acquire IESA, a leading provider of value-added services to industrial customers for a cash consideration of £88 million. Acquisition of leading corporate MRO(1) marketplace provider of value-added services Significantly enhances the…

OEM Re-Verticalization is Squeezing Semiconductor and Distribution TAM

Verticalization – or the more modern version of it – is in vogue again and its embrace by the biggest and most powerful OEMs is roiling the electronics industry as the opportunities and sizes of markets served by semiconductor makers, component distributors and software developers shrink further, forcing a re-evaluation of their roles, offerings and…

Electronics OEMs Advance Responsible Sourcing Initiative

The globalization of the electronics industry has presented both opportunities and challenges for the supply chain. As electronics companies source more raw materials from around the globe, practices associated with the mining of minerals have come under scrutiny. While initiatives such as the Dodd-Frank Act in the U.S. have improved conditions in certain regions, such…

Industry Tackles Technology & Sourcing Issues

Military and aerospace devices used to be the gold standard for quality and performance back in the days when the U.S. defense industry was one of the world’s biggest consumers of electronics components. Now, some industry experts believe, quality and performance advancements are being rivalled by the automotive industry. “It’s interesting —  the trends we…

DFARS 2015: Zeitgeist or Bell Toll?

Proposed amendments to the 2012 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) could have far-reaching implications for the electronics supply chain. On the face of it, the DFARS amendments seem to favor sourcing from component vendors and authorized/franchised distributors to the detriment of the open market and/or small business contractors. The amendments appear to tighten definitions,…

Power Group Tackles Second-Source Dilemma

New technologies almost always have an advantage over their predecessors and engineers love to try out leading-edge products. But for purchasing, this dynamic creates a dilemma: suppliers often develop products or platforms that are unique to that vendor. OEMs and their manufacturing partners may end up with a single source for a product – a…