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RS Components: Profile And Q&A With A Leading Distributor

Worldwide distribution company RS Components has upheld its tradition of embracing new technology ever since it became the first supplier to offer free next-day delivery back in 1937. Other milestones include becoming the first company to produce a CD catalogue... (Read more)
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Benchmark Electronics Reports First Quarter Results

ANGLETON, Texas, April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE), a leading integrated contract manufacturing provider, today announced financial results for the quarter ending March 31, 2015. via Benchmark Electronics Reports First Quarter Results — ANGLETON, Texas, April 23,... (Read more)
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Celestica Releases its 2014 Sustainability Report

TORONTO, April 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Celestica Inc. (NYSE, TSX: CLS), a global leader in the delivery of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions, today announced the availability of its 2014 Sustainability Report, outlining the company’s commitment to sustainability and its recent... (Read more)
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Benchmark Electronics Reports First Quarter Results

ANGLETON, Texas, April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE), a leading integrated contract manufacturing provider, today announced financial results for the quarter ending March 31, 2015. via Benchmark Electronics Reports First Quarter... (Read more)
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Avnet Q3 Sales Flat, Profit Jumps

Electronic components distributor and marketer Avnet reported its 2015 third quarter financial results on Thursday for the period ended March 29. The company posted total sales of $6.74 billion, a 0.8 percent year-over-year increase over Q3 2014. Net income was $121.5 million, up... (Read more)
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Plexus Announces Fiscal Q2 2015 Financial Results

NEENAH, WI – April 22, 2015 – Plexus PLXS, +1.67% today announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended April 4, 2015. Three Months Ended April 4, 2015 April 4, 2015 July 4, 2015 Summary GAAP Items Q2F15 Results... (Read more)
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Foxconn linked to startup’s 52-Mpixel camera technology

Light Co. was founded in 2013 as Tinz Optics Inc. but in 2014 benefited from a $9.7 million venture capital round that included Paul Jacobs, executive chairman of Qualcomm, and Sanjay Jha, CEO of Globalfoundries, among the investors. The main... (Read more)
: EMS, Industrial | |

Celestica’s profit: not what it used to be

Even though EMS-provider Celestica’s first quarter revenues for 2015 was within the company’s guidance with USD 1.299 billion, revenues still decreased 1% compared to the first quarter of 2014. “Celestica delivered revenue and adjusted earnings per share in line with... (Read more)
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Mouser to Sponsor FIRST Chamionship

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, today announced that once again it will be a key sponsor of the 2015 FIRST® Championship, set for this week April 22-25 at the Edward Jones... (Read more)
: Distribution | |

Sanmina Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Sanmina Corporation (“Sanmina” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ GS: SANM), a leading integrated manufacturing solutions company, today reported financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended March 28, 2015. Second Quarter Fiscal 2015... (Read more)
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Distributors Recover in 2014

Electronic component distributors face the same challenges year after year – rising costs, eroding margins, currency fluctuations, and an uncertain economy, which resulted in two consecutive years of flat growth in 2012 and 2013. However, in 2014 market conditions slowly... (Read more)
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Asia’s biggest EMS companies

It is time to once again look at the Manufacturing Market Insiders Top50 EMS list and see how the ranking looks for the 24 Asian companies included in the list. There are no big surprises on this list, the top... (Read more)
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Celestica settles US lawsuit over disclosures for $30M

(Reuters) – Celestica Inc has reached a $30 million settlement of a long-running U.S. lawsuit in which shareholders alleged that the Canadian electronics company committed securities fraud by misleading them about its financial health and restructuring costs. The preliminary all-cash... (Read more)
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Flextronics brings US manufacturing to the startup set

At the end of the San Francisco Bay, in the center of the town of Milpitas, sits a nondescript office park. The Flextronics’ campus is situated in the middle of this sprawl surrounded by rows of parking spaces and strips... (Read more)
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Distributors still see power of face-to-face sales meetings

Buying of components via the websites of distributors such as Digi-Key, Farnell, Mouser and RS is now common practice. Online purchasing of components is fast and efficient, but is it killing the possibility of face-to-face sales meetings which some suppliers... (Read more)
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Rutronik24 expands European network

Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH is expanding its Rutronik24 sales presence with dedicated support teams for Great Britain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. “Many companies have a large catalog. We also offer real support and orientation assistance from... (Read more)
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NATEL and OnCore Announce Completion of Merger Agreement

CHATSWORTH, Calif., April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — NATEL Engineering Co., Inc. and OnCore Manufacturing, LLC have completed the recently announced merger of the companies. The new company is one of the largest privately held Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) companies in... (Read more)
: EMS, Microelectronics | |

EMS company supports growth in key countries

Paul Deehan, CEO, AWS, comments: “Germany is a particularly strong market for us. A little under a year ago we realised that many German customers were looking to take advantage of the lower total manufacturing costs, that are offered by... (Read more)
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Compal in Talks to Buy Targets as PCs Slump

Compal Electronics Inc. is in talks to buy companies in Silicon Valley and Taiwan as the contract manufacturer embarks on “aggressive” acquisitions to reduce its reliance on notebook computers. U.S. targets include a provider of network download software and a... (Read more)
: Computer, EMS, ODM, Telecom | |

Flextronics in talks to buy part of Alcatel-Lucent’s China business

(Reuters) – Singapore’s Flextronics International Ltd is in advanced talks to buy part of the Chinese business of Alcatel-Lucent SA, the French telecoms firm currently being taken over by Nokia Oyj, two people told Reuters. The contract electronics manufacturer plans... (Read more)
: EMS, Telecom | |

Electronics ODM forecast gain in cloud server, storage market

According to research firm IDC, original design manufacturers (ODM) have grown their share in servers and will see continued growth in the storage segment as cloud service provider continue to disrupt the market with private cloud services poised to disrupt... (Read more)
: Computer, Data, ODM | |

Pegatron ships 650,000-700,000 notebooks in March

Pegatron shipped 650,000-700,000 notebooks in March 2015, growing 30-40% on month, and 2.0-2.1 million units in January-March, decreasing 20% on quarter and 20-30% on year, according to the company. Pegatron saw its overall capacity utilization in the first quarter drop... (Read more)
: Computer, ODM | |

Quanta ships 4 million notebooks in March

Quanta Computer shipped 4.0 million notebooks in March, rising 48.1% on month and 11.1% on year, and it shipped 9.9 million units in January-March, declining 22.7% sequentially and 5.7% on year, according to the company. Quanta expects notebook shipments in... (Read more)
: Computer, EMS, ODM | |

America II signs six new franchise distribution agreements

America II closed the first quarter by adding Excel Cell Electronic Co., Citizen Finetech Miyota, Kingstate Electronics Corp., ADDA, Micro-C Corp., and Chilisin Electronics Corp. to its global line card. This marks a strong quarter for the distributor’s supply chain... (Read more)
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Distributors ‘Building’ Expanded Customer Base

As the electronics industry continues to respond to demand for more energy-efficient technologies, the supply chain has adapted its service model to support a broader range of customers. Amidst all the hype surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT), electronics distributors... (Read more)
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Delta Electronics reports revenues for March 2015

Delta Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$14.745 billion (US$464 million) for March 2015, representing a 26.32% increase on month and 3.96% drop on year. The company has totaled NT$43.203 billion in year-to-date revenues, up 0.39% compared with the same... (Read more)
: EMS, Industrial | |

Flextronics to Build Solar Modules in Mexico

SunEdison has chosen electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider Flextronics to build solar modules that will be sold in the United States for residential, utility and photovoltaic (PV) projects. Flextronics, based in Singapore, will build the modules at its solar module... (Read more)
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The top dogs of American EMS

Since the Manufacturing Market Insider released its Top50 EMS list for 2014, we have dissected the list bit by bit, and now it’s time to look across the Atlantic to see how the rank looks for the companies of the... (Read more)
: Data, EMS | |

Inventec considering setting up factories in Japan, Singapore

nventec is considering setting up factories in Japan and Singapore in 2015, according to company chairman Richard Lee. Japan-based clients, due to depreciation of the Japanese yen against the US dollar, have recently asked Inventec to set up assembly lines... (Read more)
: EMS, ODM | |

Micross Components Acquires Minco Technology Labs

Insight Equity Holdings LLC (“Insight Equity”), the Southlake, Texas private equity firm, is pleased to announce that one of its portfolio companies, Micross Components (“Micross”), has acquired Minco Technology Labs LLC (“Minco”). Since 1981, Minco has provided hi-reliability, die processing... (Read more)
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Micross Components Acquires Minco Technology Labs

Insight Equity Holdings LLC “Insight Equity”, the Southlake, Texas private equity firm, is pleased to announce that one of its portfolio companies, Micross Components “Micross”, has acquired Minco Technology Labs LLC “Minco”. Since 1981, Minco has provided hi-reliability, die processing... (Read more)
: Distribution, IC/Semi, IP&E, Microelectronics, Suppliers, Thermal Mgt | |

Top 50 contract manufacturers ranked

A website called Manufacturing Market Insider has released a list of the largest 50 electronics manufacturing services companies ranked by sales. The top 50 aggregate sales reached $265 billion up by about 4 percent and more than $10 billion over... (Read more)
: Data, EMS | |

Wistron invests in Arbor Technology

Wistron has announced an investment of NT$246 million (US$7.8 million) in Arbor Technology for a 10.69% stake to become the largest corporate shareholder. Arbor makes industrial embedded/networking computing devices and ruggedized computing devices. Compal Electronics also recently invested in industrial... (Read more)
: Computer, ODM | |

Plexus Accredited as DOD Trusted Supplier for Microelectronics

NEENAH, WI, March 31, 2015 – Plexus Corp. (NASDAQ:PLXS), today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Plexus Aerospace, Defense and Security Services, LLC, has received accreditation as a Microelectronics Trusted Source by the Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA). This accreditation is... (Read more)
: EMS, Mil/Aero | |

Arrow Electronics Completes Acquisition of immixGroup

CENTENNIAL, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar. 31, 2015– Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) announced today the successful completion of the acquisition of immixGroup, Inc., a value-added distributor supporting over 800 value-added resellers, solution providers, service providers, and other public sector channel partners with specialized... (Read more)
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Inventec to build server plants in Southeast Asia and Japan

In addition to India, Inventec is also planning to establish plants in Southeast Asia and Japan for server production, mainly to serve its clients’ demand, according to company chairman Richard Lee. Inventec’s main server clients are Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell,... (Read more)
: Computer, EMS | |

The Long, Long Wait for a Manufacturing Renaissance

Is the onshoring trend more hype than substance? Exactly a year has passed since my six-part series on the top 10 compelling reasons fueling the onshoring trend. As I pointed out then, we are still a long way from a... (Read more)
: EMS, Trends | |

How Distributors & Manufacturers Can Partner To Grow Sales

In today’s fast-paced economic environment, businesses of all sizes and types are experiencing some common challenges: increased competition, diminishing customer loyalty, and a growing pressure to deliver quality products that will fit shrinking budgets. Unfortunately, industrial distributors and manufacturers often have a limited... (Read more)
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Reshoring Manufacturing Sounds Good, But Where Will You Put Your Factory?

There’s lots of noise these last few years about companies bringing back some of their manufacturing to North America. Cheaper energy options, better on-time delivery, and increasing wages in countries labeled low-cost have been cited as the main motivating factors.... (Read more)
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Hon Hai Profit Surges to Record as IPhones Retake Lead

(Bloomberg) — Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. posted record profit as the assembler of Apple Inc. devices benefited from the iPhone’s gain in global market share. Fourth-quarter net income climbed 33 percent to NT$56.7 billion ($1.8 billion), according to figures... (Read more)
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Natel and OnCore to merge into one

Natel Engineering Company and OnCore Manufacturing, both suppliers of electronic manufacturing services, have reached an agreement to merge the two firms. The merger will create a new EMS company with an expanded manufacturing and technology portfolio. The combined company will... (Read more)
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US. Distributors Expand in the East

China remains the first stop on U.S. companies’ business tour of Asia, as new opportunities continue to arise, especially for suppliers of specialty products and services. Connector solution specialist PEI-Genesis is one such firm, opening its doors for business in... (Read more)
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Digi-Key to sell bare die chips from its websites

Digi-Key is to offer semiconductor devices as bare die. As part of its plan to to support prototype and production order quantities the online distributor will work with die processing firm Minco Technology Labs to offer semiconductor bare die products in... (Read more)
: Distribution, Microelectronics | |

Taking Distribution Operations Communication Beyond Email

When email works, it’s effective, but when it fails it can be a big problem. At times, emerging social media capabilities may provide a more effective way of sharing information and collaborating in real time. Let’s take a small example:... (Read more)
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How Does A Distributor Keep A Competitive Sales Edge?

One time we counted and I had done work in 80 different industries – all in manufacturing, distribution, and equipment sales. I had trained 3,200 John Deere people in their teams. I’veVolumetric Efficiency worked in steel construction, lumber distribution, electrical... (Read more)
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Apple rumored entry-level iPhone 6C to be made by Wistron

Apple is reportedly planning to unveil a new range of iPhones in the second half, and among the new smartphones, the 4-inch entry-level iPhone 6C is expected to be manufactured by Wistron, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.... (Read more)
: EMS, Telecom | |

Sanmina: Sitting In The Sweet Spot Of Contract Manufaturing

Every sector has its own recipe for growth and success. In some, it is about branding and customer service. In others, it is about pricing power. In contract manufacturing, however, it is all about scale, and leveraging operating expenses to... (Read more)
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Flextronics launches global injection molding, tooling unit

ORLANDO, FLA. — Flextronics International Ltd. (Booth S34125) is officially launching Precision Plastics, a global injection tooling and manufacturing unit, as a part of its High Reliability Solutions business segment. The program, making its debut at NPE 2015, comprises four... (Read more)
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Foxconn considering setting up TV production lines in India to cope with demand from Sony

Foxconn Electronics reportedly plans to set up production lines for LCD TVs in India in order to cope with demand from Sony, according to industry sources. Sony shipped 14.5 million LCD TVs in 2014 and is expected to ship a... (Read more)
: Consumer, EMS | |

Quantifying Counterfeits: A Moving Target

Whenever someone in authority—such as the government, law enforcement or research firms — can’t answer a seemingly straightforward question, they often lapse into “it is being investigated;”  “it is a moving target;” or my personal favorite: “it is still very... (Read more)
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