Tariffs Raise ‘Red Flag’ on Component Supply Risks

Electronics executives and industry experts are all over the map regarding the impact of U.S. and China tariffs on component supplies, OCMs, distributors and their customers. One thing is crystal clear – tariffs, or “taxes,” in one form or another are going to be passed on to buyers. Research and investment firm Morgan Stanley projects…

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U.S. Factory Activity Slows; Tariff Worries Accelerate

Even though U.S. manufacturing activity remains robust — the nation’s leading production index, the PMI, registered 58.1 percent in July — the industry’s concern over tariffs has reached a new high, according to the Institute for Supply Management. The demand picture for U.S.-made goods remains positive, said Tim Fiore, chair for the ISM’s manufacturing business…

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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…

How Businesses Can Control Costs in an Uncertain Trade Environment

U.S. trade policies are making headlines as the Trump Administration re-examines international trade agreements and implements tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Cost increases in raw materials, trade compliance or the transportation of goods disproportionally impact small and midsized businesses, according to research by Freightos, an online freight marketplace. Among companies that import infrequently –…

Although chief procurement officers (CPOs) are most often associated with supplier management, there are customer-facing catalysts, driven by the nationalist shift, that could expand the CPO's role to better prepare their company

How CPOs can Prepare for the Impact of Nationalism

As evidenced by Brexit and the U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, economic nationalism is on the rise. Industries such as electronics have spent decades building and finetuning a vast network of global supply chains. If globalization is facing a backlash — and experts attest that it is — longstanding supply relationships are about to get…

EU Solar Tariffs a Mixed Bag for Vendors

The European Union’s tariff on solar panels and modules manufactured in China will impact the electronics market on several fronts. For manufacturers in the solar business, prices will stabilize or increase due to lessened competition from Chinese vendors. Buyers, however, may experience the opposite: prices for the subassemblies that make up a solar system may…

EU Solar Duties: Will China Turn the Other Cheek?

The European Union (EU) has delivered the first stinging blow in a brewing war over solar panels today by imposing hefty tariffs on Chinese products in response to allegations that manufacturers from the south East Asian nation have been selling their products at cutthroat prices on the continent. The “dumping” of solar panels below production…