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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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Why I believe the outsourcing trend is reversing

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Three events occurred in the last four years changing technology development and manufacturing that, combined, created an environment where new nations are emerging as potential providers of outsource services, former manufacturing nations like the US are being flocked back to, and current providers of outsource services are outsourcing themselves.
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Military EMS and printed circuit board security risks using global innovation networks

Imagine a GPGPU semiconductor is developed in the U.S. or Japan, and the attendant software and supporting components are developed in India. Then, a medical imaging platform is conceived in Germany and a complete system is built, tested, configured and …
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End of an era as Japanese earthquake forever changes face of semiconductor chip manufacturing industry

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The world can no longer rely on single source semiconductor manufacturing. Protecting semiconductor manufacturing capabilities should be likened to oil-producing countries protecting their natural resources.
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VIDEO – Defining disaster in Japan: Impact on Japanese and global electronics industry supply chains

Japan represents 10% to 15% of global electronics demand but 16% to 30% of electronics component supply. OEMs with meaningful cash positions are trying to pull in orders, buying up available component supplies. Taiwan printed circuit board companies like Kinsus and Unimicron could see bigger negative impacts.
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Mitigate risk of obsolete electronics components

Will today’s electronics components be available to support hardware through the entire life cycle? As time progresses, the cost of current components will increase as redesign costs decrease. Things become dicey when components in the decline phase support hardware in the maturity phase – where obsolescence directly impacts hardware sales. Action item list included.
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EMS provider OnCore CEO interview

OnCore electronics services CEO talk about end markets the provider serves and challenges taking place in industrial, medical and defense / aerospace electronics sectors.

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Breakdown of electronics end markets served by top EMS providers

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Non-traditional EMS markets make up larger portion of business for smaller EMS providers such as Benchmark Electronics, Plexus. Automotive, medical electronics believed to be pivotal components to helping EMS market out of the recession. Also, covers Foxconn, Hon Hai, Jabil Circuit, Flextronics, Sanmina-SCI, Celestica.
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Semiconductor shortages pave road for China

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Turns out we could be in for a long shortage in the semiconductor sector. Some analysts and investment bankers say one thing, semiconductor manufacturers and other analysts say another thing. Who is right? And, what has China got to do with this?
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