Counterfeit vs. ‘Nonconforming’ Parts Rule Stirs Industry Concern

The much ballyhooed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which tackles the issue of counterfeit components in the Department of Defense supply chain, has left many in the electronics industry scratching their heads. Although it is not unusual for the language... (Read more)
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TTI Acquires Huatong in China

TTI, Inc. an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, today announced the acquisition of the assets of HuaTong Electronic Co., Ltd., an electronic components distributor headquartered in Dongguan Shilong. Founded in 1994, Huatong was the first batch authorized distributor... (Read more)
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Jabil leases Sobrato building in South San Jose to expands R&D activity

Jabil Circuit Inc., a longtime, quiet manufacturing player in San Jose, is poised to expand its presence here significantly after leasing a 100,000-square-foot building in the southern reaches of the city. Jabil, which provides manufacturing services for a wide range... (Read more)
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DMASS: European Disti Sales Maintain Growth Trend

The European semiconductor distribution industry continues to deliver good news. According to DMASS (Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists) semiconductor distribution sales in Q2/CY14 grew by 5.3% to 1.6 Billion Euro. Almost all the major regions contributed. Only France,... (Read more)
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Orbotech completes acquisition of SPTS Technologies

Orbotech has successfully closed its acquisition of SPTS Technologies Group Limited, in a strategic move into the high growth areas of Advanced Packaging and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS). Orbotech financed the acquisition using the proceeds of a new USD 300 million... (Read more)
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Inventec posts 2Q14 net EPS of NT$0.41

Inventec has released its financial report for the second quarter of 2014, recording consolidated revenues of NT$104.9 (US$3.5 billion), gross margin of 5.3%, net operating profit of NT$1.68 billion, net profit of NT$1.48 billion and net EPS of NT$0.41. Commenting... (Read more)
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Local Distributors Take a Bigger Slice of the Pie in China

The majority of OEMs producing electronics in China have traditionally relied on foreign distributors for their component needs, but that could soon change due to a number of factors. According to Global Sources, China’s electronics manufacturers are expected to purchase... (Read more)
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TEK Industries is acquired by Vermont Manufacturing Group

TEK Industries a full service design engineering and contract manufacturing company focusing on printed circuit board assemblies has announced that they have been acquired and will join a prestigious group of manufacturers’ who include: North Hartland Tool of North Hartland... (Read more)
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Taiwan’s Quanta Q2 net profit flat

The company, which assembles computers and iPods for Apple Inc, reported second-quarter net profit of T$4.07 billion ($135.69 million), versus a T$4.52 billion mean estimate of 18 analysts polled by Reuters. The result compared with the T$4.68 billion of January-March... (Read more)
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Taiwan’s Quanta Q2 net profit flat, lags estimates

Aug 14 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s Quanta Computer Inc , the world’s largest contract manufacturer of personal computers (PCs), on Thursday reported near-flat second-quarter net profit, lagging analyst estimates, on continued stagnation in the global PC market. The company, which assembles... (Read more)
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Pegatron lands half of 4.7-inch next-generation iPhone orders

Apple’s upstream suppliers have begun shipping components for next-generation iPhones recently and Pegatron Technology is estimated to have landed half of the orders for the 4.7-inch model, indicating that Pegatron may supply 25 million of the estimated 50 million 4.7-inch... (Read more)
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Foxconn revenues suffer from weak iPad sales

TAIPEI — Foxconn Technology Group on Wednesday posted weaker second quarter revenues on the back of tepid demand for the Apple iPads it assembles. The major Taiwanese contract electronics manufacturer saw its revenue drop 2% from a year earlier to... (Read more)
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Taiwan’s Hon Hai Q2 net profit rises 18.9%

Aug 13 (Reuters) – Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd on Wednesday beat analyst estimates with a 18.9 percent profit rise for the second quarter, when the world’s No.1 contract electronics manufacturer announced big acquisitions to reduce dependence on client... (Read more)
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Future Electronics Design-In Strength Wins EMEA Award

Future Electronics has won NIC Components’ 2013 EMEA Design-In Distributor of the Year Award for 2013, the third consecutive year that the distributor has gained the prize. The award reflects the depth and quality of technical support provided to OEM... (Read more)
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Independent Distributors Can Take Key Steps To Compete With Larger Rivals

It’s not easy being an independent distributor these days. They face constant competition from large national distributors, most of which have the advantage of multiple locations, more capital to support investments and the purchasing power to get volume discounts. That... (Read more)
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Pegatron profits rise on cost reductions

TAIPEI — Contract electronics maker Pegatron on Monday posted improved profits for the second quarter stemming from cost reductions. In the second quarter, the company booked a net profit of 1.4 billion New Taiwan dollars ($46 million), up 7.5% on... (Read more)
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Foxconn July revenues hit 17-month low

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision industry) on August 8 reported consolidated revenues of NT$260.218 billion (US$8.66 billion) for July, the lowest monthly level since March 2013 and decreasing 17.91% on month and 13.33% on year. The revenue drop was mainly... (Read more)
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Compal, Wistron, Inventec July revenues down sequentially

Notebook ODMs Compal Electronics, Wistron and Inventec saw July consolidated revenues slip 9.26%, 5.74% and 3.72% on month, respectively, according to the companies. Compal shipped 3.6 million notebooks in July, falling 18.2% on month, the company said. Consolidated revenues of... (Read more)
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AWS Electronics gains medical accreditation

EMS provider, AWS, has received accreditation to ISO 13485, the international quality management system for the design and manufacture of medical devices. Comments AWS Group CEO, Paul Deehan: “There are very many science parks all across Europe that are developing... (Read more)
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NATEL EMS Begins New Relationship for Satellites

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – NATEL EMS will use its most advanced equipment to manufacture wideband detectors and converters as part of a recently awarded contract from a Military Prime Contractor. This contract highlights NATEL EMS’ outstanding capabilities in... (Read more)
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Top-5 vendors, top-3 ODMs see sequential drops in July notebook shipments

The five largest notebook vendors’ combined shipments in July decreased 25% on month while the three largest ODMs’ combined shipments also slipped 17%, according to Digitimes Research. Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Lenovo saw over 30% declines while Acer and Asustek Computer... (Read more)
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WPG posts 12.3% on-year growth in July revenues

IC distributor WPG Holdings has reported a 12.3% growth in its July 2014 revenues, driven by demand from emerging markets. WPG’s July revenues came to NT$38.4 billion (US$1.28 billion), compared to NT$34.18 billion recorded a year ago. WPG said rising... (Read more)
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Lenovo to cooperate with Compal to launch low cost Windows notebooks

Lenovo has talked about cooperation with Compal Electronics to launch Windows 8 notebooks for sale at US$199-249 during the year-end peak sales period, according to Taiwan-supply chain makers. Since there is only about four months left for development, production, and... (Read more)
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Avnet Q4, Full Year Profits Surge

Avnet’s financial results sprinted through the fourth quarter as sales accelerated by 6.9 per cent to $7.05bn and profits soared 47.7% to $186.3m. Full year 2014 results benefited and these showed revenues climbing 8 per cent from $25.5bn last year... (Read more)
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RS Components Names Manager in Asia

RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, today announced the key appointment of Alex Tsui as the Country Manager for Greater China and Korea that supports the company’s ongoing strategy to become the distributor... (Read more)
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Samsung to cut business with Shinyang’s China unit by 30%

Aug 5 (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday that it will cut business volume with a Chinese subsidiary of Shinyang Engineering Co Ltd by 30 percent from a year earlier after discovering the use of child labour.... (Read more)
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Mouser Electronics Awards Industry’s “Best-in-Class” of 2014

August 5, 2014 – Mouser Electronics, Inc., a leading global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, today congratulates each of the recipients of its Annual Mouser Best-in-Class Award. The award recognizes the individuals at our supplier partners who best supported... (Read more)
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Kitted out with the right service?

Arrival Electronics is one of the UK’s leading independent Kitting & Manufacturing specialists, offering a range of component management services, in addition to design support services and component distribution. In a Q&A with Electronics, Steve Drew, Sales Manager at Arrival... (Read more)
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Mouser to Release New MultiSIM BLUE Component Evaluator

Mouser Electronics today announced the upcoming release of MultiSIM BLUE, the NI Multisim Component Evaluator – Mouser Edition. In collaboration with NI, the new Mouser version of the free tool will add features and functionality to provide engineers with an industry-standard SPICE... (Read more)
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Jabil boosts debt deal to $2B

Jabil Circuit Inc. has expanded its debt deal with Citibank and other lenders. A new agreement gives Jabil the ability to borrow up to $1.5 billion, and as much as $2 billion if lenders agree . The five-year agreement with... (Read more)
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IMI First-Half Profit Up 5x

Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI), one of the leading worldwide providers of electronics manufacturing services (EMS) and power semiconductor assembly and testtest is test services, today announced that it posted US$11.3 million in net income for the first two consecutive quarters... (Read more)
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Kimball Reports 4th Quarter and Fiscal Year Results

JASPER, IN – Kimball International, Inc. NASDAQ: KBALB today reported net sales of $336.8 million and net income of $7.8 million, or $0.20 per Class B diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 which ended June 30, 2014.... (Read more)
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Kontron reports solid Q2 results

Order entry for continuing operations increased by 5.8 percent to EUR 120.4 million (Q2 2013: EUR 113.8 million). Kontron generated revenues from continuing operations of EUR 116.1 million, after EUR 116.2 million in the same quarter last year. Taking into... (Read more)
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Digi-Key Powers Up Executive Team for Global Expansion S

With annual revenues for 2014 projected at $1.8 billion, over 3,200 employees, nearly half a million customers, 81 localized websites and a daily fulfillment schedule that averages over 16,000 orders per day, Digi-Key Corp.’s leadership team inevitably faces complex challenges... (Read more)
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Kimball International Releases Quarterly Earnings Results

Analyst Ratings reports. The company had revenue of $336.80 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $318.30 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.19 earnings per share. Shares of Kimball International (NASDAQ:KBALB)... (Read more)
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Plexus workers graduate from FVTC soldering class

GRAND CHUTE – Ten Plexus workers graduated from a boot camp-style training experience Thursday at Fox Valley Technical College’s new soldering lab. The training was the result of a partnership with Kelly Services, the state Department of Workforce Development, Plexus... (Read more)
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Plexus to dedicate Aerospace & Defense Center of Excellence

NEENAH – Plexus Corp., a provider of electronics manufacturing and engineering services, will celebrate the completion of its new Aerospace & Defense Center of Excellence with a dedication ceremony Friday morning. The facility will be commemorated with a keynote speech... (Read more)
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Taiwan notebook ODMs to benefit from HP, Dell sales in North America

As Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell have seen good sales in the North America notebook market in July, Taiwan ODMs Quanta Computer and Inventec for HP and Compal Electronics and Wistron for Dell are expected to see increased shipments in the... (Read more)
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Celestica recognized by CIO Magazine as one of its CIO 100 Award winners

TORONTO, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Celestica Inc. (NYSE, TSX: CLS), a global leader in the delivery of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions today announced it was named to the 2014 CIO 100, which is developed by IDG’s CIO Magazine. The... (Read more)
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Mouser Launches New Communications Applications Site

July 28, 2014 – Mouser Electronics, Inc. has unveiled a new Communications Application Site on to inform engineers and customers about the different types of applications within the communications sector. The new site gives all customers, in particular design... (Read more)
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Rochester Increases Intel Inventory

Newburyport, Mass. – Rochester Electronics recently increased its inventory of Intel product by more than five million devices following a massive transfer of chipset products. As an authorized distributor for mature and EOL products from the semiconductor giant, Rochester will... (Read more)
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Plexus publicly responds to outsourcing charge

NEENAH (WKOW) — Making its first comments related to a 27 News investigation on companies that outsourced jobs after receiving tax credits, the Plexus Corporation put out a press release last Thursday stating it laid off workers in 2012, but... (Read more)
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Farnell element14 adds Vishay AEC-qualified capacitors

AY2 capacitors, from Vishay, are AEC-Q200 qualified and now available from Farnell element14. The X1, Y2 are suitable for AC line filtering, on-board chargers and battery management of e-cars and PHEVs as well as industrial applications. The silver-plated ceramic disc... (Read more)
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Solid second quarter for Celestica

Celestica’s second quarter revenues ended up at USD 1.472 billion, on the high end of the company’s guidance of USD 1.375 to USD 1.475 billion, an increase of 12% sequentially, but a decrease of 2% compared to Q2 2013. The... (Read more)
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Arrow Sales Up 1% in Q2

Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) today reported second-quarter 2014 net income of $127.9 million, or $1.27 per share on a diluted basis, compared with net income of $89.9 million, or $.86 per share on a diluted basis in the second quarter... (Read more)
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Flextronics Develops Innovative Universal Box Build Automation System

MILPITAS, Calif., July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Flextronics FLEX -0.92% today announced that it has pioneered the first of its kind Universal Box Build (UBB) system, a fully-automated, state-of-the-art equipment outfitted with Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity via smart sensors, actuators... (Read more)
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Kontron to establish medical competence centre

Kontron AG is to establish a dedicated medical competence centre at its new Technology Campus in Augsburg. The centre will be operational before the end of 2014. “Based on Kontron’s profound ECT expertise, we will concentrate our medical architectural and... (Read more)
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Flextronics profit surges as sales climb

Flextronics International Ltd.’s first-quarter profit surged as the company reported higher sales across its four business groups, beating its projections. The Singapore company helps firms move manufacturing of electronics parts and products to Asia. Flextronics shares edged up 0.89% to... (Read more)
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Benchmark Electronics Q2 Profit Grows

( – Benchmark Electronics Inc. ( BHE ), a provider of manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers, Thursday reported a rise in earnings as well as revenues for the second quarter. For the 3-month period, net earnings increased to $22.15... (Read more)
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Tight Jobs Market Sees Digi-Key Expand To Fargo

Digi-Key is ramping up a second fulfilment facility it opened in Fargo, North Dakota a year ago. It is now has 100 employees and is shipping about 10 per cent of Digi-Key’s global orders. It is the first facility outside... (Read more)
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