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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...

03.18.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Seasonal Slowdown in February; Taiwan/China & Europe Updates; Intel Cuts its 4Q’15 Guidance; Media Tablet & Personal Computer Forecasts More...

03.16.2015 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Connector sales grew +8.1% for the full-year 2014 to $52,855 million. Industry growth for 2015 is forecast at +5.1% YOY with sales of $55,569 million. More...

03.11.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

February PMI Leading Indicators; U.S. “January “Factory Orders” Report; Semiconductor Sales by Region for January; January N. American PCB Orders & Shipments; Weak 1Q’15 for Personal Computer Shipments; More...

03.10.2015 // Victoria Kickham in: Industry Conditions

Despite rising prices for certain electronic components, members of the Global Purchasing Index panel reported continued economic optimism in February. The GPI remained largely unchanged during the month—slowing More...

03.04.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

4th Quarter Sector Growth Update; January U.S. Electronic Supply Chain Shipments, Orders & Inventories; Global Tablet Forecast; 4Q’14 Mobile DRAM Shipments by Vendor; 4Q’14 and Historical Smartphone Shipments More...

02.25.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

February “Flash” Leading Indicators; Japan Update; N American January SEMI Equipment Orders & Shipments; 4Q’14 Workstation Shipments by Vendor More...

02.17.2015 // Mike Kirschner in: Supply Chain

In this, the fourth and final installment of this series, I will address the third step to chemical-related compliance: Make sure that the products placed into and sold in those markets meet or exceed More...

02.12.2015 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Connector industry sales were up +5.1% in the fourth quarter of 2014 to $13,090 million. Connector sales grew +8.1% for the full year 2014 to $52,855 million. More...

02.12.2015 // Victoria Kickham in: Industry Conditions

After slipping below the 100-point mark indicating business optimism in December, the Global Purchasing Index surged 19% to a reading of 118 in January as buyers of electronic components reported better More...

01.29.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

January “Flash” PMI Leading Indicators; Japan November Electronics Results; Top Global Semiconductor; European EMS Market; Global 2015 Smartphone Shipment; 1Q’15 Notebook Shipment Forecast by Brand; IMF More...

01.29.2015 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Having shown steady growth over the last four quarters, the medical market is on target for 2014. More...

01.21.2015 // Michael Knight in: Supply Chain

Though not the company’s principal growth driver, acquisitions do contribute greatly to not only to new growth opportunities, but to accelerated growth with existing supplier partners in existing served More...

01.21.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Global Electronic Equipment and PCB Monthly Revenues by Region; Strong 2014 Finish in China/Taiwan; Europe Slows; Semiconductor Growth Revised Down to 5.4% in 2015; Automotive Printed Circuit Market; 4Q’14 More...

01.15.2015 // Walt D. Custer in: Industry Conditions

Domestic Electronics Demand Weakened in November; 2015 PCB Forecast by Month by Region; Top Companies’ 2015 Semiconductor Revenues; Global Smartphone & Tablet Prices by Year; PC, Tablet, Ultramobile & More...

01.08.2015 // Victoria Kickham in: Industry Conditions

Global Purchasing Index slips as 2014 ends, but some purchasing professionals remain upbeat about 2015

December total GPIPurchasing professionals said their business confidence weakened in December, More...

12.11.2014 // Mike Kirschner in: Supply Chain

In the first installment of this column, I described the three basic steps to chemical-related environmental compliance... More...

12.04.2014 // Victoria Kickham in: Industry Conditions

Purchasing Execs Maintain Positive Outlook

GPI dips slightly in November but remains in positive territory, as purchasing professionals point to steady lead times, higher prices during the month.

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11.20.2014 // Ronald E. Bishop in: Industry Conditions

Bishop & Associates reports on the facts and figures of the connector industry’s largest market sector -automotive. More...

11.20.2014 // Barbara Jorgensen in: Supply Chain

The electronics distribution industry is undergoing an identity crisis of sorts. “Catalog” no longer accurately describes small-volume online distributors; “non-authorized” and “blended” have replaced More...

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