Kitron downsizing in Norway

Revenues continued to grow for Kitron during the first quarter, however, profitability was under pressure. In order to improve profitability, Kitron has reorganised the sourcing operations and will downsize the Arendal operations. The Arendal operations in Norway will be downsized... (Read more)
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Wistron, Inventec to ODM ARM-architecture servers for HP

Wistron and Inventec will begin ODM production of ARM-architecture servers for Hewlett-Packard (HP) in the second half of 2014, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Some component makers will start shipping products for HP’s ARM-based servers in May. Although ARM... (Read more)
: Computer, ODM | |  

Sanmina’s CEO Discusses F2Q 2014 Results (Transcripts)

Thank you, Mike. Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Sanmina’s second quarter fiscal 2014 earnings call. A copy of today’s release is available on our website in the Investor Relations section. You can follow along with our prepared... (Read more)
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Celestica revenue falls on soft demand for communications equipment

April 23 (Reuters) – Canadian contract electronics manufacturer Celestica Inc reported lower-than-expected first-quarter revenue due to weak demand for its communications and server equipment, and said it expected demand to remain volatile. Celestica, which makes products for companies such as... (Read more)
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Plexus invests in new technology

Plexus Corporation has invested £1.6m in a new Surface Mount TechnologyDiscrete miniature capacitors which are packaged without leads and fastened directly to foil patterns. (SMTDiscrete miniature capacitors which are packaged without leads and fastened directly to foil patterns.) placement line... (Read more)
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Sanmina Announces Quarterly Earnings, Beats Expectations reports. The company had revenue of $1.48 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.46 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.30 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the... (Read more)
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Minco expands with testing services business

Minco Technology Labs Inc., a 30-year-old semiconductor company, hopes to boost profits by expanding into testing services. Austin-based Minco entered the testing of ruggedized semiconductors market last year and ramped up operations in earnest this year. The strategy is to... (Read more)
: Distribution, Resellers, Semiconductors | |  

Headed Home: The Role of Proximity in On Shoring

There is a new kid on the block, aspiring to become the No. 1 driving force behind onshoring: proximity to customers. For all the rage about soaring industrial wages in China turning US companies back to the homeland, some observers... (Read more)
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Sanmina Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Sanmina Corporation (“Sanmina” or the “Company”), a leading integrated manufacturing solutions company, today reported financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended March 29, 2014. Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Summary Revenue of $1.48... (Read more)
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TTI Tabs Piefer To Strengthen European Industrial Team

TTI has confirmed industry veteran Norbert Piefer as Marketing Director Industrial in Europe. The appointment follows TTI’s strategic agreement with TE Connectivity’s industrial business unit reported in Disti Blog last week. Piefer’s previous roles – most recently at TE Connectivity... (Read more)
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Digi-Key Intensifies Green Initiatives 

Digi-Key has stepped up its commitment to sustainability and environmental management. The company has put into place a series of green initiatives including ISO 14001:2004 certification, environmentally friendly packaging, company-wide policies and best practices around reducing energy, waste, and paper... (Read more)
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Avnet Releases Monthly Technology/Market Report

PHOENIX – Design with caution is the advice for mobile device makers as DRAM prices continue their upward climb and lead times range from six weeks to allocation, according to the latest Market and Technology Trends report now available from... (Read more)
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element14 expands passives portfolio

SINGAPORE: element14 has expanded its portfolio of tape and reel passives, discretes and connectors for electronics design and production, including 10,000 of the most essential high-performance passives from industry-leading global suppliers such as AVX, Epcos, Kemet, Panasonic and Vishay. Contract... (Read more)
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Commentary: Foxconn relies too heavily on Apple

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) is exposing itself to high risks by relying too much on a single client. Foxconn has revealed that its biggest client accounted for 50.63%, or NT$2 trillion of its revenues in 2013, up from... (Read more)
: Data, EMS | |  

Crowdsourcing the Counterfeiting Problem

Many minds make light work: That’s the wisdom of crowdsourcing. A new online community is hoping to leverage the power of the people to help address counterfeit risk and obsolescence headaches in the supply chain. Network Product Solutions LLC has... (Read more)
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Plexus’ CEO Discusses Q2 2014 Earnings Results (Transcript)

Good morning, ladies and gentleman and welcome to the Plexus Corp. Conference Call regarding its Fiscal Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Announcement. My name is Donna and I will be the operator for today’s call. At this time, all participants are... (Read more)
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Tactus and Wistron Announce Strategic Manufacturing Partnership

FREMONT, Calif. and TAIPEI, Taiwan, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Tactus Technology, Inc., the pioneering developer of on-demand tactile surfaces and Wistron Corporation, a $23B, Fortune® Global 500™ world leader in original design manufacturing (ODM), today announced a strategic manufacturing and... (Read more)
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Plexus Q2 Earnings in Line, Revs Beat

Plexus Corp. (PLXS – Analyst Report) reported a better-than-expected second-quarter fiscal 2014. While earnings of 60 cents per share were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate, revenues beat the same. The company provided positive second-quarter guidance. Shares were up... (Read more)
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The Reel Thing: RS Intros Standard Packaging 

RS Components (RS) has introduced manufacturer standard packaging on a range of interconnect and passive products from top brands including Panasonic and TE Connectivity. Initially rolled out in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), customers in the region can now... (Read more)
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Sales leadership promotion at TTI

TTI has promoted Wade McNiel to the position of Vice President, Sales Development. Prior to this appointment, McNiel held the position of Director, TTI Business Development Group. Tom Vanderheyden, Vice President, TTI Americas Sales, commented, “It’s my privilege to announce... (Read more)
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Plexus Corp. Reports Second Quarter Results

Dean Foate, Chairman, President and CEO, commented, “Fiscal second quarter revenues were $558 million, above the midpoint of our guidance range and an increase of approximately 4% from the prior quarter, with diluted EPS of $0.53. Non-GAAP diluted EPS before... (Read more)
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Make Connections At EDS 2014

Electronic component manufacturers, distributors, and manufacturers’ representatives head to Las Vegas in May for the Electronics Distribution Show (EDS), sponsored by the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) and the Electronics Representatives Association International (ERA). The event will be held at... (Read more)
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Foxconn – off to a good start

Looks like the EMS-giant that is Foxconn is off to a good start for the year. With only three full months behind us, the Taiwanese manufacturer has increased its YoY sales three months in a row. The Taiwanese EMS-provider is... (Read more)
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Flextronics Provides Design and EMS for All-New Jeep® Cherokee

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Flextronics FLEX +1.85% , a leading end-to-end supply chain solutions company, announced that its Automotive Group has provided design and manufacturing services for the all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee. Services provided include manufacturing and... (Read more)
: Auto/Trans, EMS | |  

Sanmina Announces Investor And Analyst Day

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Sanmina Corporation SANM +1.01% , a leading integrated manufacturing solutions company, today announced it will host an Investor and Analyst Day on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in New York, NY. Financial analysts... (Read more)
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Why Distributors Need Sales & Operations Planning

Sales and Operations Planning S&OP is a supply chain process that has been in use since the mid 1980′s in many manufacturing and consumer products companies. Prior to its development, companies were still struggling with having to manage a process... (Read more)
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Microsoft may release server orders to Taiwan ODMs

Microsoft will set up four additional Azure data centers in 2014 and is expected to expand its procurement orders to server ODMs such as Quanta Computer and Wiwynn, according to Taiwan-based server supply chain makers. Microsoft currently has 15 data... (Read more)
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Kitron: Air defence order from Kongsberg

The order is related to contracts Kongsberg has signed with Raytheon for supplying the NASAMS air-defence system to Oman. Kitron will supply various communications products, and production will be done at Kitron’s plant in Arendal. The order has a value... (Read more)
: EMS, Mil/Aero | |  

Mouser Honored for World-Class Customer Service Excellence

April 10, 2014 –  Mouser Electronics, Inc., a leading engineering resource and global authorized distributor of semiconductors and electronic components, has received the prestigious 2013 NorthFace ScoreBoard Award (NFSB) from Omega Management Group Corp. in recognition of Mouser’s excellence in... (Read more)
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Hon Hai’s Revenue and Profits Hit Record Highs in 2013

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., the flagship company of Hon Hai Group, world’s largest EMS (electronics manufacturing service) firm by size, saw consolidated revenue and net profits both hit record highs of NT3.95 trillion (about US$131.1 billion) and NT$107.3 billion (US$3.25... (Read more)
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Handset ODM Arima sees sales up in March

Handset ODM Arima Communications has reported revenues of NT$3.2 billion (US$106.23 million) for March, up 82.7% sequentially and 106.2% on year. For the first quarter of 2014, revenues totaled NT$6.76 billion, increasing over 30% from a year earlier. Increased shipments... (Read more)
: ODM, Telecom | |  

Sager takes bar-coding lead

Sager Electronics has adopted the Electronic Components Industry Association’s (ECIA) two-dimensional (2-D) bar coding guideline. 2-D bar coding embeds a wealth of product-related information within a square image and only requires one scan to retrieve the data as compared to... (Read more)
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Richardson Electronics Reports Q3 FY2014 Results

Richardson Electronics, Ltd. (NASDAQ: RELL), today reported sales and earnings for its third quarter ended March 1, 2014. The Company also announced that its Board of Directors declared a $0.06 per share quarterly cash dividend. Net sales for the third quarter... (Read more)
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Apple iWatch said to release in 3Q13

Apple is rumored to unveil its wearable device iWatch in the third quarter and will target 65 million units in shipments for 2014, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report. The iWatch will be manufactured by Quanta Computer,... (Read more)
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Europe’s top 10 EMS providers

Yesterday we gave you – via Manufacturing Market Insider – the Top 10 EMS providers in the world. But how does the top ranks look for Europe? via Europe’s top 10 EMS providers –... (Read more)
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Exploring the Synergy of Automation & Onshoring

With soaring factory wages making China a less attractive option, automation offers many companies a powerful argument to shift production back to the United States. Though domestic manufacturing still cost more than doing the work in some other countries, the... (Read more)
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Flextronics’ Volkerink calls for an open innovation

Rapid developments in smart technologies prove to be a challenge to OEMs who have to face an increasing gap between conceptualisation of ideas and the capacity to implement them. “If we look at product innovation across the electronics industry and... (Read more)
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ECS aims to ship 3M education-use tablets in 2014

Taiwan-based ODM Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has begun small-volume shipments of tablets specifically for use in education, and aims to ship three million units in 2014, according to Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report. ECS produces education-use tablets through cooperation... (Read more)
: Computer, Data, ODM | |  

ODMs losing out as PC vendors turn to China for tablets

Among global top-7 PC brand vendors, only Apple (sixth place) still outsources its tablet orders mainly to Taiwan-based EMS providers and ODMs, while the rest – Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Acer, Asustek Computer and Toshiba – have gradually shifted their... (Read more)
: Computer, Data, ODM | |  

Getting to Fluid Distribution Networks

As more analytics gets introduced into supply chain management, the need to shift distribution bases to keep pace with the rapid shifts in business and customer bases also comes into play. From the analytics standpoint, the process is easy. Companies... (Read more)
: Articles, Distribution | |  

Top 10 EMS providers 2013

The wait is over, the Manufacturing Market Insider’s list of the worlds Top 50 EMS providers for 2013; is finally here. Some big changes has occurred since last year, we now have a completely new top 10 entry. Pegatron made... (Read more)
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Top 50 EMS providers surpass USD250 billion

Manufacturing Market Insider has released its annual MMI Top 50 list of the world’s largest EMS providers. In 2013, Top 50 sales reached a new high of USD 254.3 billion. Top 50 sales grew by 1.9% last year, not surprising... (Read more)
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Outlook Sunny At Electrocomponents 

Electrocomponents struck an upbeat note reporting group sales up four per cent in Q4 to the end of March, and stating that full year results, to be announced on May 22, will be in line with expectations. Ian Mason, Group... (Read more)
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Single source for manufacturing partners

Covering the complete spectrum from precision engineering to electronics, Subcon 2014 provides a single-source resource for anyone looking to find contract and subcontract manufacturing partners. Subcon, which runs from 3 to 5 June at the NEC, Birmingham is the UK’s... (Read more)
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Speeding Innovation in the Smart Tech World

As smart technologies proliferate in the modern world, the industry is experiencing a widening gap between coming up with ideas and having the ability to execute them. “If we look at product innovation across the electronics industry and across all... (Read more)
: EMS, Strategy | |  

Jabil Sells Straight Into Hyperscale Datacenters

The hyperscale systems market is getting a new supplier, and this one is a big one with plenty of expertise in manufacturing complex servers and storage and integrating gear at the rack level. The startup is called StackVelocity, and it... (Read more)
: Computer, EMS | |  

Scanfil EMS OY acquires Schaltex Systems GmbH

Scanfil EMS Oy has on 31 March 2014 signed an agreement to acquire the entire shareholding of German contract manufacturer Schaltex Systems GmbH. The purchase price is about EUR 6.6 million, and Scanfil EMS Oy will finance the acquisition using... (Read more)
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Natel adds lithium-ion assembly capabilities

Natel EMS now has the capability and infrastructure to manufacture lithium-ion battery assemblies for all energy applications. Natel has constructed a facility and invested in specialised infrastructure to handle Li-Ion module manufacturing at its Chatsworth headquarters. These investments will help... (Read more)
: EMS, Energy | | |  

America II Europe relocates and recruits

America II Europe relocates and recruits to accommodate significant business expansion in Europe. The company is now looking to increase staff by 40%. America II Europe has moved to a upgraded new premises in Stevenage, UK. The new offices will... (Read more)
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Jabil slims down, sell aftermarket business

Jabil (NYSE: JBL) sold the business to iQor Holdings Inc. for $725 million,  a statement said. About $675 million was in cash and $50 million in senior nonconvertible preferred iQor stock. The aftermarket unit is focused on depot repair for... (Read more)
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