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10.01.2014 // Victoria Kickham in: Industry Conditions

btnBack.pngVictoria KickhamBusiness confidence continues to rise among buyers of electronic components as Global Purchasing Index hits 9-month high.

Buyers of electronic components maintained their optimistic outlook in September, as Global Purchasing’s monthly business confidence index rose for the second straight month and hit its highest level since January.

The Global Purchasing Index rose 1.7% to 118.8 in September, following a 2.3% rebound in August. September represents the index’s highest reading since its launch in January and a 1% increase compared to June’s high of 117.45....Continue Reading >>
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09.25.2014 // Jeff Ray in: Industry Conditions

btnBack.pngJeff RayEnd-of-life (EOL) product announcements are a ritual of the electronics industry. When newer, smaller and faster are the watchwords of new products, at some point the older, slower, larger pieces fall by the wayside, are rendered obsolete and bypassed by newer technology. It’s a fact of life and we’ve become accustom to it. So when Panasonic released the announcement stating they were exiting the aluminum snap-in capacitor business, it may have been overlooked by many in the industry. But, this is one EOL announcement to pay attention to.

Panasonic has manufactured excellent snap-in capacitors for years, they have been some of the most high-performance components in this product category....Continue Reading >>
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05.23.2014 // Jim Carbone in: Industry Conditions

btnBack.pngJim CarboneThe global market for discrete semiconductors will grow 3-4 percent per year through 2016 although there will be price erosion, according to chipmakers.

Ron Clifford, senior director regional marketing Americas for Vishay Semiconductors, noted that power transistors are the largest part of the discretes market and that World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) forecasts that power transistor sales growth will be slightly stronger than the overall discretes market.

However, he felt growth may not be as strong for power transistors as WSTS forecasts because of above average price erosion,...Continue Reading >>
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09.24.2014 // Michael Knight in: Industry Conditions

btnBack.pngMichael KnightIn simple terms, deflation is a decrease in the general price level of goods and services, a trend that increases the real value of money over time. In contrast, inflation is a sustained increase in general price levels over a period of time, a trend which reduces the real value of money. Even more simply put, during a deflationary period one is able to buy more for their money, and during an inflationary period, less.

For those of us making a living manufacturing and/or selling passive components – capacitors, resistors, inductors, ferrites, etc. – we well know how deflation works. While the norm in the world around us is an increase in the prices of the things we buy, the price of the things we sell for a living trends the opposite direction....Continue Reading >>
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10.21.2014 // Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

Primary Sources Voice Concerns About FY 2015 and FY 2016 Economic Outlook for the Electronic Components More...

10.09.2014 // Murray Slovick in: New Technology

Perhaps the only blemish in the otherwise remarkable and continuing rise of the semiconductor industry—worldwide More...

09.30.2014 // Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

A close look at how the global high-technology economy has increased the requirement for capacitance More...

10.22.2014 // Lew LaFornara in: TTI Insights

09.25.2014 // Jeff Ray in: Industry Conditions

End-of-life (EOL) product announcements are a ritual of the electronics industry. When newer, smaller More...

09.24.2014 // Michael Knight in: Supply Chain

In simple terms, deflation is a decrease in the general price level of goods and services, a trend that More...


10.23.2014 // Didier Coulon in: Industry Conditions

In 2012, the world mobile subscriber base grew at a rate of 7.5% to reach 6.4 billion users. For 2013, More...

10.22.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Seasonal Upturn in Taiwan/China; Europe Update; Global Semiconductor Capital Equipment Spending up 11.4% More...

10.22.2014 // Lew LaFornara in: TTI Insights

10.22.2014 // Victoria Kickham in: Industry Conditions

10.21.2014 // Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

Primary Sources Voice Concerns About FY 2015 and FY 2016 Economic Outlook for the Electronic Components More...

10.16.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Global Electronic Equipment Production by Country, Type & Year; 2014 Semiconductor Forecast; Semiconductor More...

10.08.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

September Leading Indicators Soften; August U.S. Electronic Equipment Demand Improves; World Semiconductor More...

10.02.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

"Flash" PMI Leading Indicators for September; U.S. August “Durable Goods” Results; S Korean Slowdown More...

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