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08.21.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Taiwan/China July Data; Global Economic and Electronic Equipment Forecast by Region by Year; Europe Update More...

08.19.2014 // Murray Slovick in: Passives

In his comedy routine "Let's Get Small" Steve Martin discusses getting small while driving. He pretends he is driving a car while being so short as to barely reach the bottom of the steering wheel. More...

08.13.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Business Outlook for Electronics Supply Chain; Updated 2Q’14 Electronics Sector Growth Rates; Top 25 PCB Companies in 2013; June Domestic Electronics Update; Weak July for Foxconn Hon Hai More...

08.06.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

2Q’14 Growth by Electronics Sector; Custer Business Outlook Webinar Thurs August 7; June Semiconductor Shipments up 10.8%; July Global Leading Indicators; July U.S. Purchasing Managers Index at 57.1, N More...

07.30.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

June U.S. Electronic Equipment Orders Soften; July “Flash” PMI Leading Indicators – China Accelerates; Dieter Bergman’s Passing; N America SEMI Equipment Orders Remain Strong; Media Tablet 2Q’14 Shipments; More...

07.24.2014 // Kevin Sink in: Industry Conditions

On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) published final DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations System) rules1 to eliminate counterfeit parts from the supply chain by shifting the burden More...

07.23.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Europe Update; U.S. Industrial Production Increases; Global Business Confidence Weakens; Global ASIC Market; PC DRAM Module Market; EDA Sales More...

07.10.2014 // Murray Slovick in: Passives

It’s been two and a half years since the Federal Anti-Counterfeiting Amendment Act was signed into law and nearly that long since I covered the subject on these pages. So the topic is ripe for re-examination. More...

07.08.2014 // Barbara Jorgensen in: Supply Chain

A long-standing challenge in the electronics supply chain is the management of so-called ‘excess’ inventory. When an OEM or EMS provider orders too much product, it is often sold in the open market to More...

07.02.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Late Spring Slowing; Solar/Photovoltaic Update; Silver Inks & Paste Market; N America PCB Industry Order Growth Stalls; 3D Printer Outlook; Global Consumer Electronics & Components Market More...

06.24.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Japan & Korea Updates; 2014 Global PCB Growth Forecast Lowered; 2H’14 Personal Computer Rebound Predicted; Smartphone Share of Connected Device Market Grows; Robot Shipments by Region; Top 10 Global Suppliers More...

06.18.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Taiwan/China & European Updates; 1Q’14 SEMI Equipment Sales; DRAM Quarterly Shipments & Pricing; Samsung Moving More Production to Vietnam; IBM to Sell its Wafer Fabs; European Update; Worldwide SEMI Equipment More...

06.11.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Business Outlook Improves but Varies by Country; Global Semiconductor Sales up 11.5% in April 2014 vs. April 2013; New WSTS & SIA Semiconductor Forecast by Region & Product for 2014 to 2016; European Electronic More...

06.10.2014 // Michael Knight in: Supply Chain

If you are in the electronic components business, either buying or supplying, the sanguinity of your work life is greatly affected by supplier lead times. For interconnect, passive, and electromechanical More...

05.28.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

1Q’14 Supply Chain “Final” Financial Results; Near-term Growth Outlook; Japan Update; North American SEMI Equipment Sales Rise; HDI Any-Layer PCB Capacity Maxed Out; Optoelectronics, Sensors/Actuators, More...

05.23.2014 // Jim Carbone in: Industry Conditions

The 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 More...

05.20.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Global 1Q’14 Electronic Supply Chain Growth; Taiwan/China & Europe Updates; ZVEI market estimates & forecasts for German Electronics; South Korea Memory Chip1Q’14 Growth; Fabless Chip Companies 2013 Ranking; More...

05.14.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Manufacturing Growth – Asia slows, U.S. and Europe Improve, World Contracts Slightly; First Quarter Electronic Supply Chain Growth Update; 1Q’14 Smartphone Operating Systems, First Quarter Media Tablet More...

05.05.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

First Quarter Global Electronic Equipment Growth by Sector; U.S. Electronics Demand Increases; North American PCB Industry Reports Stronger Results; March Semiconductor Shipments by Region; Strong First More...

04.30.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Leading Indicators Point to Modest Growth Ahead; U.S. Electronic Supply Chain March Performance; Custer/Henderson Paper at ECWC 13; Latest Metal Prices More...

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