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04.30.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

April Global Leading Indicators Weaken on “Flash” Basis; U.S. March Electronic Equipment Shipments, Orders & Inventories Report; N. American SEMI Equipment March Demand Increases; 2015 Global Semiconductor More...

04.24.2015 // Victoria Kickham in: Industry Conditions

Buyers of electronic components remain upbeat about business in 2015. The monthly Global Purchasing Index rose 6% in March to a reading of 124.4, well above the 100-point mark indicating optimism among More...

04.23.2015 // Barbara Jorgensen in: Supply Chain

The regulatory environment for the electronics industry continues to become more complex. As U.S.-based companies conduct more business internationally, they face environmental and trade directives that More...

04.22.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Europe, Japan & S. Korean Electronic Supply Chain Updates; Solar/Photovoltaic Revenues up 4.4% in 4Q’14 vs. 4Q’13; Global Notebook Shipments Decline in 1Q’15; Semiconductor Foundry & Photomask Markets; More...

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...

04.01.2015 // 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...

03.18.2015 // 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...

03.04.2015 // 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...

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...

02.17.2015 // 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...

01.29.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

January “Flash” PMI Leading Indicators; Japan November Electronics Results; Top Global Semiconductor; European EMS Market; Global 2015 Smartphone Shipment; 1Q’15 Notebook Shipment Forecast by Brand; IMF More...

01.29.2015 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Having shown steady growth over the last four quarters, the medical market is on target for 2014. More...

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