Second-tier motherboard players planning new strategies for 2015

Facing fierce competition from the top-two players, Asustek Computer and Gigabyte Technology, small motherboard players such as ASRock, Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) and Micro-Star International (MSI) have all been adjusting their business strategies, looking to maintain their profits. ASRock achieved... (Read more)
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RS Components Rolls Out New eCommerce Platform

RS Components is rolling out a new eCommerce platform which will enable it to enhance and rapidly scale its B2B eCommerce offerings to an expanding customer base and deliver a highly personalised experience to individual customers in markets around the... (Read more)
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Avnet Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Results

PHOENIX– Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) today announced results for the second quarter fiscal year 2015 ended December 27, 2014. via AVT-PR-Avnet, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2015... (Read more)
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Celestica 2014 Revenue Slips 3%

Celestica Inc. (NYSE, TSX: CLS), a global leader in the delivery of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. Fourth Quarter 2014 Highlights Revenue: $1.424 billion, at the midpoint... (Read more)
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The Role of Acquisitions at TTI

It is now common for businesses big and small to have acquisitions as a component of their plans for growth. TTI is no exception, though it has only been since 2000 that the company did its first acquisition, and 2008... (Read more)
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Plexus Reports First Quarter Revenue of $665 Million

Dean Foate, Chairman, President and CEO, commented, “Fiscal first quarter revenues were $665 million, relatively flat from the prior quarter and up approximately 25% from the comparable quarter last year. Revenues were above our guidance due to stronger than anticipated... (Read more)
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Avnet Outlines Key Drivers for 2015 Global Supply Chain

PHOENIX – For individuals and businesses alike, the beginning of a new calendar year represents an opportunity to reflect on the attitudes and activities that served us well in the previous year, those that fell short of our expectations and... (Read more)
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Celestica Announces Q4 and Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Results

TORONTO, Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Celestica Inc. (NYSE, TSX: CLS), a global leader in the delivery of end-to-end product lifecycle solutions, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2014. via Celestica Announces Fourth... (Read more)
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The European EMS Industry – A Strategic Overview

NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Weaker than originally anticipated growth in the Eurozone and the emerging markets will result in the European EMS Industry posting only modest growth in 2014, extending the period of market stagnation to three... (Read more)
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element14 expands discrete portfolio in Asia-Pacific

element14 has added over 1,000 new products to its portfolio of over 26,000 discretes for electronics design and production. Sourced from 60 industry-leading suppliers including Diodes Inc, Fairchild, Infineon, International Rectifier, Littelfuse, NXP and Vishay among others, element14’s expanded portfolio... (Read more)
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Compal Electronics aims to ship 100M devices in 2015

ODM Compal Electronics aims to ship 100 million notebooks, tablets, AIO (all-in-one) PCs, smartphones, LCD TVs and servers in total in 2015, according to company president Ray Chen. Compal shipped 43 million notebooks in 2014 and expects 2015 shipments to... (Read more)
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Distributors to Hire, Expand More in 2015

As 2014 wound down, industrial distribution executives said they experienced a better year than 2103 and were reasonably upbeat as the New Year approached. At Motion Industries in Birmingham, Alabama, senior vice president Randy Breaux saw overall improvement. “We’re seeing... (Read more)
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How Easy is Your Distributor to do Business With?

One of the most successful distributors in the electronics industry once told me something I think about a lot. This distributor, at the time, did not participate in suppliers’ design registration programs because it wanted to put as few barriers... (Read more)
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Digi-Key to host FIRST Robotics Challenge kick-off

Electronic distributor Digi-Key sponsored a regional kick-off event for high school students planning to participate in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics’ 2015 Global Challenge. In conjunction with a global unveiling of the contest hosted... (Read more)
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Flextronics Brings Silicon Valley Innovation To Detroit

DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Flextronics (NASDAQ: FLEX), is linking the high technology advances of Silicon Valley with the automotive industry in Detroit. At its newly established location adjacent to Detroit, Flextronics’ specialized automotive team is actively helping to further... (Read more)
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Inventec chairman confident of shipping 100M products in 2015

Inventec chairman Richard Lee, at Xiaomi’s product launch conference in Taiwan, pointed out that the company is expected to see about 100 million ODM/OEM product shipments in 2015, up 42% from 70 million units in 2014. Lee pointed out that... (Read more)
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Digi-Key Adds Adafruit Products for Rapid Prototyping

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, today announced the addition of Adafruit’s board-level products to its portfolio. Adafruit, the popular online resource for designers using electronic components-, was recently ranked... (Read more)
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Quanta ramping production of 12-inch MacBook Air

Taiwan-based ODM Quanta Computer has begun volume production of the new 12-inch MacBook Air, paving the way for Apple to launch the device in the first quarter of 2015, according to sources at Taiwan-based supply chain. Quanta has stepped up... (Read more)
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Inventec automating production lines in eastern China

Taiwan-based notebook ODM Inventec, in order to reduce impact of continued wage hikes and tight supply of labor, started trial automation of production lines at factories in Shanghai, eastern China, in late November 2014 and expects to decrease labor input... (Read more)
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Trouble at Foxconn India

Back in December 2014, Foxconn decided to suspend production at its facility in Chennai, India. Now the employees are resorting to a day-long hunger strike in order to get the state government’s attention. Negotiations between the company and its employees... (Read more)
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WPG 4Q14 sales beat guidance

WPG, the largest distributor of semiconductor components in Asia, has reported NT$117.17 billion (US$3.68 billion) in consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter of 2014. The result came above its high-end guidance of NT$112.5 billion. WPG generated December consolidated revenues of... (Read more)
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Digi-Key 2014 Sales Jump on Surging IoT Demand

Digi-Key Corp. posted solid revenue growth in 2014, cruising easily past the industry’s single-digit average and boosting the electronics company distributor’s annual revenue to record level on rising demand for its services from OEMs and engineers working on Internet of... (Read more)
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Foxconn December revenues hit record

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has reported consolidated revenues of NT$515.569 billion (US$16.24 billion) for December, hitting a record for the second consecutive month with growth of 0.15% sequentially and 5.02% on year. The revenues growth was driven mainly... (Read more)
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Aerospace, defence sector to give EMS market a push

According to Frost & Sullivan’s latest report titled Global EMS Providers Market in Aerospace and Defence, the market has cleared revenues of $16.64 billion in 2014 and is projected to increase to $25.23 billion by 2019. In addition, Asia Pacific... (Read more)
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Asustek ships 22 million DIY motherboards in 2014

IT vendor Asustek Computer shipped 5.6 million DIY motherboards in fourth-quarter 2014, leading to shipments of 22 million units for the whole year, which increased on year by 6.3%, according to the company. Asustek in 2014 shipped 20.1 million notebooks... (Read more)
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Pegatron reports revenues for December 2014

Pegatron has reported consolidated revenues of NT$114.3 billion (US$3.58 billion) for December 2014, representing a 3.25% drop on month and 30.48% increase on year. The company has totaled NT$1.02 trillion in 2014 revenues, up 7.23% from 2013. For the year... (Read more)
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Wistron December revenues up

Wistron has reported consolidated revenues of NT$60.404 billion (US$1.89 billion) for December 2014, representing a 7.18% increase on month and 25.21% increase on year. The company has totaled NT$591.99 billion in year-to-date revenues, down 7.81% compared with the same time... (Read more)
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Vishay Intertechnology Honored by SPDEI

MALVERN, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today announced that the company has been recognized by the SPDEI, the French association of distributors of electronic components, as a top supplier of 2014. During the 19th Annual SPDEI Awards ceremony in... (Read more)
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Aerospace & Defense Ready to Embrace EMS

It’s no secret that electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers have been trying to increase their profit margins. Deeper penetration into the aerospace and defense (A&D) markets may provide such an opportunity, Frost & Sullivan reports. “To maximize revenues, EMS providers... (Read more)
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Another Year, Another Counterfeit Case

Another year, another counterfeiter. The United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut announced in December that component distributor Jeffrey Warga, 61, of North Kingstown, R.I., waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty before a U.S. District Judge in... (Read more)
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TCL to ship over 100 million handsets in 2015

China-based TCL Communication Technology Holdings is expected to ship over 100 million handsets in multiple platforms, including Android, Firefox and Windows Phone (WP), in 2015 compared to 65 million units estimated for 2014, according to industry. Shipments of smartphones will... (Read more)
: Data, ODM, Telecom | |

Avnet Group Companies in Japan Re-Launch as Avnet K.K.

PHOENIX — The Avnet Group in Japan was established in 2005 through the acquisition of Memec and has been taking steps to expand its scope of business since 2008 by leveraging the scale and capabilities of Avnet, Inc’s (NYSE:  AVT) global... (Read more)
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Element14 Expands High-Temp Passives Lineup

element14 has expanded its portfolio of high-temperature passives from leading global suppliers Vishay, Kemet, Panasonic, AVX and TT Electronics. These high-performance passives have been added to its range of over 160,000 products; including capacitors, resistors and inductors, for use in... (Read more)
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Foxconn said to partner with Ericsson for 5G R&D

Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) reportedly is preparing to invest NT$4 billion (US$126.16 million) and a team of 200 technicians for 5G communication technology development and is considering forming cooperation with the largest telecom carrier in Europe Ericsson, looking... (Read more)
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Compal looking to acquire more IoT and IPC companies in 2015

Compal Electronics is planning to take a more aggressive approach to acquiring industrial PC and Internet of Things (IoT) companies in 2015 and has already identified some emerging companies in the US Bay Area as its targets, according to company... (Read more)
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Viasystems’ sale to TTM clears foreign regulatory hurdles

TTM Technologies Inc. has received all required foreign regulatory approvals for its pending $368 million acquisition of St. Louis-based Viasystems Group Inc. TTM said in a release Tuesday that the deal has been approved by the Ministry of Commerce of... (Read more)
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SupplyCore Earns DLA Bronze Level Superior Supplier Award

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has named SupplyCore a 2014 Bronze level superior supplier for excellence in cost, schedule, performance, quality, and business relations. DLA considered 153 parts and commodity suppliers under its biggest contracts for the award. Only 13... (Read more)
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Foxconn workers arrested as they seek entry to Indian plant set for closure

Dec 29 (Reuters) – More than 150 employees at Hon Hai Precision Industry Co’s India factory were arrested on Monday as they attempted to force entry to the mobile phone plant earmarked for closure at the end of the month.... (Read more)
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Wistron to make investment in telematics device maker

Notebook ODM Wistron has decided to step into the telematics segment by committing investment in Taiwan-based Join-link International Technology, which focuses on production of car entertainment multimedia devices, driving recorders and related in-car monitoring devices. Wistron’s initial investment in Join-link... (Read more)
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Compal smartphone shipments to double in 2015

Buoyed by its integration with its handset subsidiary Compal Communications in February, Compal Electronics will ramp up its smartphone shipments to 20 million units in 2014, doubling from a year earlier and meeting the company’s shipment goal set for the... (Read more)
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Compal to resume production at Vietnam factory

Notebook ODM Compal Electronics will resume production at its factory in Hanoi, northern Vietnam, as soon as the second half of 2015, according to company president Ray Chen. Compal in November 2007 announced an investment of US$500 million to establish... (Read more)
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European supply chain tackles counterfeits

The aerospace and defence supply chain has a new certification for independent suppliers and distributors, which will dramatically change the industry for suppliers to high reliability markets. SAE AS6081 Counterfeit Avoidance Standard has been in the pipeline since 2007, when... (Read more)
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Sony ready to launch large-size tablet in 1H15

In addition to Samsung Electronics and Apple, Sony is also expected to launch a large-size tablet in the first half of 2015 and the device will enter mass production shortly, according to sources from the related supply chain. Sony’s above... (Read more)
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Future Bets Big on ‘Proliferation of Electronics’

Future Electronics Inc. plans to increase its investments in distribution support facilities and jack up hiring in Europe and Asia in 2015 as the company prepares to support rising “proliferation of electronics” in all areas of manufacturing, services and other... (Read more)
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A New Approach To Identify Top Talent In Distribution

Discussion around the aging workforce has continued to build over recent years as the baby boomer generation retires. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3.6 million more people are projected to leave the workforce during the 2010 to 2020... (Read more)
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Compal expects good returns on JV deal with Lenovo

Commenting on Lenovo’s wish to completely take over a notebook-production joint venture (JV) it establisehd with Compal Electronics in 2010, Ray Chen, president of the Taiwan-based ODM, said that when the partnership was struck four years ago, both sides did... (Read more)
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Pegatron to probe China plant over worker mistreatment claims

Commenting on a recent report that claimed Pegatron Technology mistreated its workers at a China plant that makes Apple’s products, the Taiwan-based firm has pointed out that employee safetyClass X capacitors are used in “across-the-line” applications where their failure would... (Read more)
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Avnet Opens Global Development Center in China

SHENZHEN, China – Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a leading global technology distributor, recently opened its latest Global Development Center located in Shenzhen, China. A broad range of skilled employees are employed at the center, who provide information technology (IT) support and... (Read more)
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Elektrobit rationalises its operations in Finland

EB has decided to terminate the employment contracts of a maximum of 19 employees in its sites in Kajaani and Tampere. For a few employees, EB will alternatively offer new positions in Oulu. With these actions EB will achieve annual... (Read more)
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TTI Gets ISO 14001 Certification

TTI, Inc., the leading authorized distributor of interconnect, passive, electromechanical and discrete components, today announced the company has received ISO 14001 environmental certification, an international standard for processes and procedures that guide various aspects of the TTI environmental program. TTI... (Read more)
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