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04.15.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

March Leading Indicators; Taiwan/China March and U.S. February Supply Chain revenues; February Semiconductor Shipments by Region; 2014 Semiconductor Sales for Major Suppliers; N. American PCB Orders & More...

04.09.2015 // Mike Kirschner in: Supply Chain

A year has passed since the last EU RoHS Update and it’s been a busy year for Everyone’s Favorite Directive. Here is where we stand: More...

04.08.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Custer Consulting Group monitors electronic equipment growth by sector by aggregating the financial results of groups of OEM companies producing similar equipment. Here are more details on our methodo More...

04.02.2015 // Michael Schwert in: Switches & Relays

Total reported sales for all relay categories in North America for the fourth quarter of 2014 were 3% lower than the previous quarter and up 10% from the same quarter of 2013. Sales units for Q4 2014 ran More...

04.01.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Thanks to our friend and colleague Ed Henderson here is the introduction to his March 2015 market forecast letter. You can contact Ed at hen.ven@Comcast.net More...

03.26.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

At the IPC Expo/Apex trade show in San Diego on February 23, 2015 Walt Custer addressed the PCB Supply Chain Leadership group regarding present and future business conditions. More...

03.19.2015 // Mike McGuire in: TTI Insights

Aerospace products tend to fall into three broad categories – general aviation, commercial aviation and military. More...

03.18.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Seasonal Slowdown in February; Taiwan/China & Europe Updates; Intel Cuts its 4Q’15 Guidance; Media Tablet & Personal Computer Forecasts More...

03.16.2015 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Connector sales grew +8.1% for the full-year 2014 to $52,855 million. Industry growth for 2015 is forecast at +5.1% YOY with sales of $55,569 million. More...

03.11.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

February PMI Leading Indicators; U.S. “January “Factory Orders” Report; Semiconductor Sales by Region for January; January N. American PCB Orders & Shipments; Weak 1Q’15 for Personal Computer Shipments; More...

03.10.2015 // Victoria Kickham in: Industry Conditions

Despite rising prices for certain electronic components, members of the Global Purchasing Index panel reported continued economic optimism in February. The GPI remained largely unchanged during the month—slowing More...

03.06.2015 // Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

There are three core technology groups employed to protect sensitive integrated circuits from the affects of electrostatic discharge (ESD) these include the silicon diode, the metal oxide varistor and More...

03.04.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

4th Quarter Sector Growth Update; January U.S. Electronic Supply Chain Shipments, Orders & Inventories; Global Tablet Forecast; 4Q’14 Mobile DRAM Shipments by Vendor; 4Q’14 and Historical Smartphone Shipments More...

03.03.2015 // Michael Schwert in: Switches & Relays

Total reported sales for all switch categories in Europe for Q3 of 2014 were 4% above in the previous quarter and 10% better than the third quarter of 2013. Sales units for Q3 2014 ran 4% above the units More...

02.25.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

February “Flash” Leading Indicators; Japan Update; N American January SEMI Equipment Orders & Shipments; 4Q’14 Workstation Shipments by Vendor More...

02.18.2015 // Walt D. Custer in:

Global, Taiwan/China & Europe Updates; European Semiconductor Distribution Industry Sales; World Silicon Wafer Area Shipments; DRAM Bit Volume Forecast; Worldwide NAND Flash Memory Market; Global Tablet More...

02.17.2015 // Mike Kirschner in: Supply Chain

In this, the fourth and final installment of this series, I will address the third step to chemical-related compliance: Make sure that the products placed into and sold in those markets meet or exceed More...

02.12.2015 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Connector industry sales were up +5.1% in the fourth quarter of 2014 to $13,090 million. Connector sales grew +8.1% for the full year 2014 to $52,855 million. More...

02.12.2015 // Victoria Kickham in: Industry Conditions

After slipping below the 100-point mark indicating business optimism in December, the Global Purchasing Index surged 19% to a reading of 118 in January as buyers of electronic components reported better More...

02.11.2015 // Walt D. Custer in:

Walt Custer had the honor of delivering the keynote at EIPC’s Winter Conference in Munich recently and his presentation charts are attached. More...

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