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05.21.2015 // John Sandy in: TTI Insights

It is a simple question companies are required to ask and, depending on the direction of the latest appellate court decision, perhaps even answer: do your connectors contain conflict minerals? For the More...

05.21.2015 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Bishop & Associates tracks sales and profits in 13 market sectors. Based on the 120 companies it follows, it evaluated the performance results for OEM markets in 2014. More...

05.20.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Significantly Revised Data for U.S. Electronic Equipment Shipments, Orders and Inventories; China/Taiwan & Europe Updates; Q1’15 DRAM Revenues Decline; Smart TV Forecast; U.S. Industrial Production Continues More...

05.19.2015 // Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

A look at lead time trends, vendor revenues and raw material pricing in the worldwide passive electronic components industry in April 2015. More...

05.13.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

1Q’15 Electronic Supply Chain Growth by Sector; April Leading Indicators by Key Country; March Semiconductor Shipments by Region; Weak PC Demand in 2Q’15; Global Fab Capacity and Wafer Fab Materials M More...

05.12.2015 // Victoria Kickham in: Industry Conditions

Global Purchasing Index remains in positive territory, but buyers surveyed report weaker confidence, as the index falls 12% compared to March.

Electronics Buyers Optimistic, But Report Slowdown More...

05.06.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Short term Semiconductor Outlook; March N America PCB Data; Personal Computer Prices to Rise; 1Q’15 Smartphone & Media Tablet Shipments; Hard Disk Drive Forecast; Weak 1Q’15 U.S. GDP Growth More...

05.05.2015 // Michael Schwert in: Switches & Relays

Total reported sales for all switch types in North America for Q4 of 2014 were 1% less than the previous quarter and 4% above the fourth quarter of 2013. More...

04.30.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

April Global Leading Indicators Weaken on “Flash” Basis; U.S. March Electronic Equipment Shipments, Orders & Inventories Report; N. American SEMI Equipment March Demand Increases; 2015 Global Semiconductor More...

04.24.2015 // Dennis M. Zogbi in: Passives

Demand for thin film resistors and integrated passive devices are increasing because of the precision nature of the thin film components and the added volumetric efficiency that integrated passive device More...

04.24.2015 // Victoria Kickham in: Industry Conditions

Buyers of electronic components remain upbeat about business in 2015. The monthly Global Purchasing Index rose 6% in March to a reading of 124.4, well above the 100-point mark indicating optimism among More...

04.23.2015 // Barbara Jorgensen in: Supply Chain

The regulatory environment for the electronics industry continues to become more complex. As U.S.-based companies conduct more business internationally, they face environmental and trade directives that More...

04.22.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Europe, Japan & S. Korean Electronic Supply Chain Updates; Solar/Photovoltaic Revenues up 4.4% in 4Q’14 vs. 4Q’13; Global Notebook Shipments Decline in 1Q’15; Semiconductor Foundry & Photomask Markets; More...

04.15.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

March Leading Indicators; Taiwan/China March and U.S. February Supply Chain revenues; February Semiconductor Shipments by Region; 2014 Semiconductor Sales for Major Suppliers; N. American PCB Orders & More...

04.09.2015 // Mike Kirschner in: Supply Chain

A year has passed since the last EU RoHS Update and it’s been a busy year for Everyone’s Favorite Directive. Here is where we stand: More...

04.08.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Custer Consulting Group monitors electronic equipment growth by sector by aggregating the financial results of groups of OEM companies producing similar equipment. Here are more details on our methodo More...

04.02.2015 // Michael Schwert in: Switches & Relays

Total reported sales for all relay categories in North America for the fourth quarter of 2014 were 3% lower than the previous quarter and up 10% from the same quarter of 2013. Sales units for Q4 2014 ran More...

04.01.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Thanks to our friend and colleague Ed Henderson here is the introduction to his March 2015 market forecast letter. You can contact Ed at hen.ven@Comcast.net More...

03.26.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

At the IPC Expo/Apex trade show in San Diego on February 23, 2015 Walt Custer addressed the PCB Supply Chain Leadership group regarding present and future business conditions. More...

03.19.2015 // Mike McGuire in: TTI Insights

Aerospace products tend to fall into three broad categories – general aviation, commercial aviation and military. More...

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