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Foxconn to build supply chain financial service system

Foxconn Electronics plans to build up a financial service system for the industrial supply chain, offering loans and real time information to suppliers within the system, according to company chairman Terry Gou. Optimizing the Foxconn Group’s annual transaction volume of... (Read more)
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Digi-Key’s Doherty on Amazon.com vs. Distribution

Digi-Key Corp., one of the largest low-volume high-mix electronics distributors in the world, analyzes everything. Over the years it has tracked its customers’ buying behavior and adjusted its business model accordingly. Digi-Key launched a low-volume supply chain business in response... (Read more)
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IMI Suppliers’ Day: Strengthening Collaborative Partnerships

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, held its first ever Suppliers’ Day for its global suppliers on May 18 at Mission Hills... (Read more)
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Outsource Electronics gains AS9100 and invests for growth

Outsource Electronics Limited, a member of the Season Group, has obtained AS9100 certification for its facility in Havant, UK. This is the culmination of a series of major investments in the site over the past two years. Chris Coldbreath, Director... (Read more)
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Taiwan ODMs to snap up all orders for next generation iPhone

Taiwan-based handset ODMs will continue to snap up all orders for production of next generation iPhone devices despite recent market rumors indicating that Apple plans to add a China-based ODM to its iPhone production partner list, according to sources at... (Read more)
: ODM, Telecom | |

Avnet Named to 2015 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100

HOENIX – Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a leading global technology distributor, today announced that it has been named to the 2015 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100. The Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 is an annual listing of the... (Read more)
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Foxconn plans massive investment in India

EMS-giant Foxconn is looking to increase its manufacturing footprint in India. The Taiwanese company is aiming to set up 10-12 new facilities – including factories and data centres – by 2020. An investment of this size also comes with a... (Read more)
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DMASS: Semi Sales Ride Currency Gains; Underlying Growth Encouraging

The European semiconductor distribution industry has rolled into 2015 on the same momentum shown in the positive trend from the last quarters of 2014, albeit with a little help from currency fluctuations. According to DMASS (Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of... (Read more)
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Foxconn runs B2B online components sale, says paper

Foxconn Electronics has started operation of FoxconnMall, a platform for B2B online sale of precision mechanical components produced by members of the Foxconn Group, according to the Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News (EDN). FoxconnMall provides custom-made components as well, EDN... (Read more)
: Distribution, EMS | |

Distribution Returns to Growth in 2014

The North American (NA) distribution industry has posted a five percent increase in revenues after experiencing two years of flat growth. Although distributors faced several challenges, including price pressure, currency fluctuation, and margin erosion, a stronger global economy and higher... (Read more)
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Top 50: A Year of Recovery for Distributors

There is no doubt that distributors continue to face the same challenges year after year – rising costs, eroding margins, currency fluctuation, and the global economy. However, in 2014 market conditions slowly started to improve. There was a gradual improvement... (Read more)
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Modest Growth for Electronics Distributors

North American (NA) revenue for the top 50 distributors in 2014 has turned upward after two years of flat growth. NA revenue increased $1.4 billion or five percent, reaching $31.7 billion in 2014, up from $30.3 billion in 2013, according... (Read more)
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Whose Design Chain Is It?

I’m about to contradict myself. I’ll admit this upfront just in case you’veVolumetric Efficiency read my article titled Even Electronics Design is now a Commodity. I’m going to stand by the article, though, but I’d also like to present the... (Read more)
: Distribution, EMS, ODM, OEM, Trends | |

Benchmark’s Angleton, Texas Facility Receives AS9100

ANGLETON, Texas, May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE), a leading integrated contract manufacturing provider, today announced that its Angleton, Texas manufacturing facility recently achieved the aerospace AS9100C quality certification. AS9100C is the 2009 revision of the... (Read more)
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Providing The Right Distribution Solution For The Middle-Tiers

Jed Pecchioli. President, APAC and EMEA Operations at America II, examines the needs of companies in the middle tiers, with particular reference to servicing requirements in the forthcoming IoT device boom… At the moment there’s a large section of the... (Read more)
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Electrocomponents’ full-year pretax profit falls 5 pct

May 21 (Reuters) – Electrocomponents Plc, a British distributor of electronic products for engineers, reported a 5 percent fall in full-year pretax profit, hurt in part by subdued performance in the UK, its second-largest market. Shares in the company fell... (Read more)
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Broadline Distributors Shine in Customer Evaluation Study

UBM’s Global Distributor Customer Evaluation Study marked its 30th anniversary this year—three decades of measuring and marking how distributors are perceived by their OEM customers. The study, which was released to a select audience at the recent EDS tradeshow in... (Read more)
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2015 Top 25 Global Franchised Distributors

EBN’s list of the top 25 global franchised distributors is like any A-list party: at first glance, it’s clear that all the right people are in attendance. In fact, little has changed on the list, as the top five winners... (Read more)
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Flextronics buys Alcatel-Lucent plant in Trieste (Italy)

Alcatel-Lucent will sell its optical transport manufacturing plant and related assets in Trieste (Italy) to EMS-provider Flextronics. Financial details of the proposed transfer are not being disclosed, and the agreement is subject to statutory regulatory approvals and a final binding... (Read more)
: EMS, Telecom | |

A Flextronics Exec Has Some Advice For Wearable Start-Ups: Scale It Back

When Flextronics Jeannine Sargent took the stage at Wearable World Congress 2015 Wednesday, she came with important advice for entrepreneurs who want to make the next big thing in tech: scale it back a bit. “I think there’s a lot of... (Read more)
: EMS, Wearables | |

TTI Garners 15 Supplier Awards

Fort Worth, Tex. – TTI, Inc. the leading global distributor of interconnect, passive, electromechanical and discrete components announced today the company received an unprecedented show of recognition from its supplier partners and captured 15 top awards at the annual Electronics... (Read more)
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Foxconn and Pegatron to see weak 2Q15

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) and Pegatron Technology both had strong financial performances in the first quarter, but results are expected to turn weak in the second quarter and then return growth in the second half with new devices.... (Read more)
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Lockheed Martin Honors Mouser for Quality & Service

May 19, 2015 – Mouser Electronics, Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is pleased to announce that it has been recognized by Lockheed Martin for exceptional service, quality and performance. The recognition was received... (Read more)
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Digi-Key Goes Global with Supply Chain Support

Digi-Key Corp. is intensifying engagement with small to medium-size OEMs by expanding globally a range of programs it has instituted to support customers demanding supply chain management activities. The component distributor says the supply chain functions are complementary to the... (Read more)
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Kitron receives order from Kongsberg

Kitron has, through its subsidiary Kitron AS in Arendal, received an order from Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS for military communications equipment. The equipment to be supplied is linked to contracts for deliveries to Hungary. Kitron will supply various communications... (Read more)
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Electronics ODM Quanta riding the cloud

Leading top 10 electronics ODM Quanta is also the largest ODM notebook manufacturer in the world. In 2014 Quanta shipped 48.5 million notebooks against a 28 percent marketshare. (See: Top 10 EMS/ODM by revenue) Quanta’s main customers are global top... (Read more)
: Computer, Data, ODM | |

Foxconn: iPhone 6 assembler outperforms in first quarter

TAIPEI — Foxconn Technology Group, a key assembler for Apple Inc., beat first-quarter market expectations with its improved manufacturing technology for the popular iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — and held its ground against competitor Pegatron at a time... (Read more)
: EMS, Telecom | |

NATEL and OnCore Renamed: NEO Tech

CHATSWORTH, Calif., May 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — NATEL Engineering Company, Inc. and OnCore Manufacturing, LLC announced today that the merged company will be named: NEO Technology Solutions (NEO Tech). The name NEO Tech captures and combines the company’s legacy members; NATEL... (Read more)
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Wistron sees net profits in 1Q15 double from year ago

Wistron’s board of directors has passed the company’s first-quarter financial report with consolidated revenues of NT$15.07 billion (US$495.65 million), operating profits of NT$817 million, net profits of NT$723 million and EPS of NT$0.30 and the company will distribute dividends of... (Read more)
: EMS, ODM | |

Component Distributors Unfazed by Amazon.com

The electronics companies most likely to be affected by Amazon.com/business  — catalog distributors — are not particularly worried about the e-commerce giant’s foray into the b2b components market.  Catalog distributors – and electronics distributors in general –have a number of... (Read more)
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Jabil expands in Malaysia

EMS-provider Jabil Circuit, Inc. has secured approval from the Penang State government in Malaysia to purchase 20 acres of land at the Batu Kawan Industrial Park to support expansion plans. TThe new site will focus on manufacturing products for the... (Read more)
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Benchmark Electronics’ Angleton, Texas Facility Receives AS9100

ANGLETON, Texas, May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Benchmark Electronics, Inc. BHE, +1.37% a leading integrated contract manufacturing provider, today announced that its Angleton, Texas manufacturing facility recently achieved the aerospace AS9100C quality certification. AS9100C is the 2009 revision of the... (Read more)
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OSI Systems record Q3 revenue of $215 million

OSI Systems reported revenues of USD 215.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2015, an increase of 6% as compared to the same period a year ago. “We are pleased to announce our third quarter financial results,” said Deepak... (Read more)
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Top Ten Contract Manufacturers

Thanks to Manufacturing Market Insider for this one – the top ten contract manufacturers in 2014: Hon Hai, Pegatron, Flextronics, Jabil, New Kinpo Group, Sanmina, Celestica, Benchmark Electronics, Shenzhen Kaifa Technology Universal Scientific Industrial via Top Ten Contract Manufacturers |... (Read more)
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Wistron ships 1.4 million notebooks in April

Wistron has announced it shipped 1.4 million notebooks, 900,000 smart handheld devices, 600,000 LCD monitors, 1.1 million desktops, 500,000 LCD TVs and 160,000 servers in April 2015. Wistron expects its notebook shipments in May to stay flat or grow slightly... (Read more)
: Computer, Consumer, Data, EMS, ODM | |

Kimball sees double digit growth for Q3

EMS-provider Kimball Electronics experienced double digit growth in net sales during its third quarter of 2015. Donald D. Charron, Chairman and CEO, stated, “Solid growth in all four end market verticals helped us achieve year over year double digit growth... (Read more)
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Digi-Key Adds to Bare Die Portfolio

Bare-die products, which Texas Instruments Inc. defines as “package-free semiconductors,” are growing in popularity as electronics products become smaller and more lightweight.  Although bare die are most often sold by component suppliers, they are increasingly becoming available through distribution. Bare... (Read more)
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Compal, Inventec, Pegatron report mixed results for April

ODM Compal Electronics shipped 2.6 million notebooks in April 2015, decreasing 27.8% on month, and fellow maker Inventec 1.2 million units, slipping 17%, according to the companies. Compal saw April consolidated revenues of NT$61.634 billion (US$2.01 billion) fall 17.77% on... (Read more)
: Computer, ODM | |

OSI Systems receives order for patient monitoring solutions

OSI Systems’ Healthcare division, Spacelabs Healthcare, has been awarded an approximate USD 3.4 million order from a children’s hospital to provide patient monitoring and connectivity solutions. The order includes the portable monitor, qube, and the new patient monitoring central station... (Read more)
: EMS, Medical | |

Reshoring Initiative Encourages American Manufacturing

Harry Moser, the former president of machine tool company GF AgieCharmilles, is on a mission to bring manufacturing back to the United States. His Reshoring Initiative offers resources and information for companies which want to move factories from overseas to... (Read more)
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Distributor Quandary: Amazon’s Bid for Business Buyers

Amazon launched it’s Amazon Business offering earlier this month, hoping to build traction with buyers of a broad range of products, from paper clips to heavy equipment. The company admits that it’s gunning for the loyalty in the industrial manufacturing... (Read more)
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Fabrinet ups revenue by 13 percent YoY

Fabrinet reported total revenue of USD 189.5 million for 3Q/2015, an increase of 13 percent compared to total revenue of USD 167.7 million for the comparable period in fiscal 2014. GAAP net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2015... (Read more)
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Rochester adds two senior managers in Asia

Rochester Electronics has further underlined its commitment to customers in Asia by announcing two new senior management appointments. Allan Lim becomes the Rochester Electronics sales director for Asia Pacific, while Hiroyuki Fujikawa has been appointed as the company’s sales director... (Read more)
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Integra Expands Value-Added Services for VCC Indicators

Anaheim, Calif. – Integra Electronics, an authorized specialty distributor, has expanded its indicator light design and assembly capabilities to better support standard and custom light indication products from VCC. The expanded services, as part of Integra’s Special Manufacturing Program (SMP),... (Read more)
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Wistron reports revenues for April 2015

Wistron has reported consolidated revenues of NT$46.991 billion (US$1.53 billion) for April 2015, representing a 16.68% drop on month and 9.71% increase on year. The company has totaled NT$197.618 billion in year-to-date revenues, up 17.18% compared with the same time... (Read more)
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Pegatron expects 2Q15 notebook shipments to grow 15-20% sequentially

Pegatron expects its notebook shipments in second-quarter 2015 to increase 15-20% sequentially, according to company CEO Jason Cheng. However, shipments of communication devices in the second quarter will decrease 30-40% sequentially and those of motherboards and desktops will remain unchanged,... (Read more)
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OSI Electronics relocates California facility

There seems to be some big changes going on at American EMS provider OSI Electronics’ California operations.OSI Electronics will be closing their facility in Camarillo, California and relocating their electronic manufacturing operations. The Camarillo operations will be relocated to OSI... (Read more)
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Viasystems’ sale to TTM clears U.S. regulatory hurdle

TTM Technologies Inc.’s pending $368 million acquisition of Viasystems Group Inc. has gotten the go-ahead from the federal Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The companies said Tuesday that after completing a review, CFIUS determined there were... (Read more)
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The 2015 Top 50 Electronics Distributors

The largest electronic components distributors reported a solid 2014, and many are optimistic that 2015 will bring much of the same, according to Global Purchasing’s newest Top 50 Electronics Distributors report. The optimism is driven by improving global markets and... (Read more)
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EBV Europe chooses Icoteq hardware development platforms

EBV Europe, a specialist in European semiconductor distribution, has selected Icoteq to supply its ICO-TTJ-500 hardware development platform to their sales offices across Europe. The ICO-TTJ-500 is a fully featured development board centred on a powerful Freescale i.MX6 Quad Core... (Read more)
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