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What a year, don't you think?
Mergers, teardowns, fires and other catastrophes … 2015 had it all. Records, more records and cooperations … that too.
2015 was certainly not a year for the weak. Especially the semiconductor industry had a lot of excitement to offer: Lattice Semi to acquire Silicon Image for $600 million; Delphi acquires HellermannTyton; ams acquires CMOS sensor business from NXP; Rohm acquires Renesas assets or Intel closing in on next semi super deal? – which was closed later in December. This development – according to several analysts and market researchers – is likely to continue in 2016. For a summary (albeit not exhaustive) you might want to read the following article: The consolidation will continue. But not only shareholders and journalists had a blast, market researchers were working overtime to bring the latest reports to the masses: My favourite? This one: NXP/Freescale wiggles itself back into the Top10. For even more insights have a re-read if these articles: The semi year 2015: A perfect storm; Five Top-20 companies with double-digit growth this year; Samsung, TSMC remain tops in available wafer fab capacity and Global arms industry: West still dominant despite decline. With all those new consumer gadgets being released to the market, Evertiq also published quite a number of teardowns. It's a bit like spying on your neighbours; why on earth did they go with an Infineon chip? Samsung Galaxy S5 carries astronomical Bill of Materials; The force is strong with this teardown or you might want to have a look at this video again: Does your iPhone 6s have a TSMC or Samsung A9 chip? – it makes a difference. And the list of interesting articles goes on: DMASS: Industry continues on double-digit growth path; Record sales and investments for a 15-year old; Jabil sets the bar for a solid 2016 or this one TowerJazz expands capabilities – acquires Maxim's Texas wafer plant. And then we had all those fires, explosions and other catastrophes: Würth: Production completely destroyed?; SVI has relocated production after fire; Fire accident at Inventec (http://evertiq.com/news/36823); Explosion at Mitsubishi Materials chemical plant; Explosion at Zodiac Aerospace Newport facility or the Seven injured after explosion at a Taser facility. So, there you have it. A list of my favourite Evertiq articles of 2015.
Valoe is on schedule with both production and expected deliveries Valoe says it will start manufacturing IBC test modules in Juva, Finland in June and cell deliveries from Lithuania to customers is scheduled to start according to plan.
AMTE Power and Britishvolt sign MoU for GigaFactory AMTE Power and Britishvolt plans to investigate collaborating to build the UK’s first full cycle battery cell GigaPlant, servicing the automotive and energy storage markets.
ALLPCB’s new SMT factory has launched production On May 10 2020, ALLPCB’s new – self-operated – SMT factory in Guangde, Anhui Province, China was officially put into production.
Schweizer starts production at its new location in China Following a construction period of one and a half years, production has now started at the company’s new high-tech printed circuit board plant in Jiangsu, China.
Jenoptik supplies generators to a US customer Through its Vincorion investment, Jenoptik received a long-term order for generators that an unnamed US customer is integrating into military vehicles.
Rolls-Royce takes heavy hit from COVID-19 – reduces workforce by 9000 The impact of COVID-19 on Rolls-Royce and the whole of the aviation industry is unprecedented. RR has already taken action to strengthen the financial resilience of its business and to reduce cash expenditure in 2020. However, this will not be enough.
Data Link Solutions to provide MIDS cabinet terminals to US Navy The U.S. Navy has awarded a USD 3.2 million production contract to Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between BAE Systems and Collins Aerospace, for new Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) cabinet terminals.
Incap restarts production in India In a move to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of India instructed all state governments to introduce a lockdown in March. As a consequence, Incap had to close its factory in Karnataka, India on 23 March.
NAND Flash Revenue Undergoes 8.3% QoQ Growth in 1Q20 NAND Flash bit shipment in 1Q20 was relatively on par with 4Q19, says the DRAMeXchange research division of TrendForce. The overall ASP of NAND Flash products also climbed during the period. As a result, the global NAND Flash revenue for the quarter went up by 8.3% QoQ to USD 13.6 billion.
Gorenje reduces the number of layoffs At the end of April, due to a sharp drop in orders and revenues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hisense Europe Group launched a redundancy program in four companies in Slovenia.
NA semiconductor equipment industry posts April 2020 billings North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted USD 2.26 billion in billings worldwide in April 2020 (three-month average basis), according to SEMI.
AWS Electronics to wear the Incap name Following the acquisition of AWS Electronics Group by Incap Corporation in January 2020, the company's units in the UK and Slovakia will now be trading as Incap Electronics UK Ltd. and Incap Electronics Slovakia s.r.o.
PCB manufacturer SQP invests in new plasma treatment system As part of the continuous upgrade of the PCB manufacturing processes the Slovakian PCB manufacturer SQP International has invested in a new plasma treatment system.
Nordson delivers solid quarter considering COVID-19's impact on global end markets Nordson Corporation reported second quarter sales of USD 529 million, a 4% decrease compared to the prior year’s second quarter sales of USD 551 million.
Cicor expands its clean room set up in Bronschhofen Swiss EMS provider Cicor Group is currently expanding its site in Bronschhofen with a 60 square metre ISO Class 6 clean room.
Senate Dems to Trump: Release details of TSMC plant deal Democratic lawmakers are pressuring the Trump administration to respond to serious questions about Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd’s (TSMC) plans to build a USD 12 billion plant in Arizona, which the company announced last week.
SOS LAB completes series A+, inks MOU with ON Semi LiDAR sensor maker SOS LAB has secured series A+ investment funding of USD 8 million as of April.
Expanded US rules sanctioning Huawei to have little impact on memory industry TrendForce believes that the latest updates to the sanctions will have a relatively low impact, in the short term, on Huawei’s shipment of smartphones, notebook computers, and servers – products for which Huawei is relatively well stocked on components.
PCB Connect expands with new office Due to the PCB suppliers’ successful growth in Denmark, the company has now decided to invest further in the Danish Market.
Panasonic, Tesla discuss beefing up Nevada battery plant Panasonic Corporation this week said strong demand for battery cells from its U.S. partner, Tesla, has led to negotiations on the expansion of their joint plant in Storey County, Nevada.
Flex taps new leadership for automotive business Flex has named Mike Thoeny, president, Automotive Business Group, effective June 1, 2020.
Current pandemic slows down business development in German component distribution German distribution of electronic components (according to FBDi e.V.) continues to decline in the first quarter of 2020. The order situation improves slightly, at a low level. The FBDi calls for future-oriented course-setting and investments in infrastructure.Load more news