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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...

07.21.2014 // Mike Kirschner in: Supply Chain

One tool I find extremely useful is Compliance & Risks’ C2P system. It helps me help my clients to stay on top of new regulations that impact their products, and sometimes their company, in their markets. More...

07.17.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Bishop & Associates just completed the 2014 U.S. Customer Survey of the Connector Industry asking connector users to evaluate 46 connector manufacturers. A total of 455 users answered 20 questions relating More...

07.17.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Taiwan/China June Revenues; Global Semiconductor Shipments Continue to Increase with $336 Billion predicted for total 2014; SEMI Equipment Forecasts; Personal Computer Growth Positive in 2Q’14; Worldwide More...

07.09.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

U.S. May “Factory Orders”; June PMI Leading Indicators; Smartwatch Market Forecast; Tablet Growth Weakens; Ultra HDTV Sales to Surge; Digital Cameras Market Forecast; Worldwide IT Spending Outlook, Automotive 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 // Victoria Kickham in: Industry Conditions

Global Purchasing Index rises 5% in June to 117, its highest reading since January

Following three months of declines, the Global Purchasing Index rallied in June, rising nearly 5% to 117.5, its 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...

06.26.2014 // Didier Coulon in: Industry Conditions

After having recovered in 2010 from the 2009 recession, the global industrial sector market has not been immediately affected by the financial crisis in 2011. But the global weakness of the economy in 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...

06.19.2014 // Victoria Kickham in: Industry Conditions

After declining in March and April, Global Purchasing’s Global Purchasing Index held steady in May, registering 111.9—a slight .14% decline compared to April. The GPI has remained above the 100-point mark 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...

06.17.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Bishop & Associates just completed the 2014 Customer Survey of the Connector Industry asking connector users to evaluate 46 connector manufacturers. A total of 455 users answered 20 questions relating 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...

06.04.2014 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Domestic U.S. Electronics Demand Improving; April North American PCB Orders & Shipments; Global Smartphone Shipments; Leading Under-the-Hood Electronics Suppliers; Media Tablet Projections Lowered; 1Q’14 More...

06.03.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

PC unit sales declined 10% in 2013 for the second straight year of contraction, as the computer market contracts and swaps PCs for tablets and smartphones. More...

05.30.2014 // Michael Knight in: Industry Conditions

In May, an informal survey was conducted of TTI’s suppliers. We asked them about their Q1 2014 growth rates in North America by product type – comparing the prior quarter and the same quarter of the prior 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...

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