PC & Computing

Mexico: Could value chain limits impact electronics re-shoring?

Countries cannot be or continue being competitive without efficient links with global markets. Do the relationships Mexico has with various global EMS providers located in the country offer enough of a transfer of capital, know-how, technology, standard and value-added services to represent global value chain contribution from Mexico?
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How connected computing will impact our lives

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Whether it’s the latest wearable computing for the military yet to be deployed, or being able to program your wife’s driverless car for Disneyland using your smartwatch while she’s corralling your gaggle of kids throughout the house, more than 60% of IT firms surveyed said they plan …
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AUDIO – How Apple iPad is impacting tablet OEM, semiconductor and EMS / ODM firms

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Apple’s iPad is clearly the dominant tablet in the market. What does all of this mean for OEM tablet makers; semiconductor firms, ODM / EMS manufacturing relationships and the consumer?
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Will iPad 3 get killed by Android and Windows 8?

Apple is believed to have phenomenal product momentum (iPhone 4S, iOS 5), expanding distribution and a solid product pipeline.
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VIDEO – Foxconn Chengdu factory, worker conditions and employee interview

In a Foxconn factory located in Chengdu, China, Foxconn employees assemble Apple iPads, iPhones and other products. Apple has recently taken very public steps to better manage working conditions in Asian factories that comprise part of its global supply chain but there remains more work to do.
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VIDEO – Foxconn Fear Factory: How American manufacturing can compete with China

VIDEO – The Daily Show host Jon Stewart adding his usual schtick to labor and working conditions inside factories at Chinese EMS provider Foxconn.
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VIDEO – Apple supply chain transparency and supplier responsibility must also influence public opinion

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VIDEO – Apple’s first fiscal quarter earnings, which were just released, more than doubled (+118%) from the same period one year ago. One could easily say things are under control. Apple takes a seat at the table of public opinion with both hands visible and palms facing upward – its body language clearly indicating a willingness to cooperate – while citing numerous violations and areas of concern.
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Full report: EMS / ODM worry about profitability as fall 2011 survey reveals pessimism in electronics supply chain

471 survey respondents from EMS/ODM, Component Manufacturers, Distributors, Electronic Equipment Manufacturers, OEMs and Semiconductor Manufacturers answer questions on the economic situation; employment, inventory levels, business volume, and prices providing insight into the levels of …
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Economic, scale challenges for Pegatron notebook business

Notebook ODM / EMS is still Pegatron’s core business. It is estimated notebooks will contribute to 40% of Pegatron’s FY11 sales. But, without gaining orders from tier-1 notebook OEMs, achieving operating margin targets could be problematic.
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Apple supply chain spreads wealth beyond Foxconn

A recent Asia-based research report on Apple sheds more light on the Cupertino-based consumer tech giant. Primarily, how Apple’s supply chain contributes in sales (%) to various vendor- and supplier-type companies serving Apple. It is easy to understand the rising …
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