The global chip shortage - a timeline of unfortunate events
June 04, 2021COVID-19 has sent traumatic ripples through supply chains around the globe, but the semiconductor supply chain was fragile long before governments shut down and catastrophe struck. In a culmination of negative variables, the chip shortage has amassed over the years from a series of unfortunate events.
Variosystems expands into Mexico
March 17, 2021With the 2020 pandemic, the tariffs on China products and the high intercontinental transport costs, Variosystems decided to build a manufacturing operation in Mexico.
Don’t Throw Away Your Smart Meters!
December 09, 2020You are a utility distribution grid operator faced with the challenge of managing millions of meters. You are planning to deploy advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) with new smart meters to enable automated meter readings, demand response programs, remote connect and disconnect, and improved outage management.
Swedish supply chain analytics company completes financing round
December 03, 2020Supply chain data analytics software provider Lexi Solution AB has completed a SEK 3.3 million (EUR 320’000) financing round. The round was heavily oversubscribed, with strong participation from existing Lexi shareholders as well as several new investors.
Continued growth for NCAB – a return to normalisation started in Q3
November 13, 2020“During the first part of the third quarter, order intake remained weak. At the end of the quarter, however, we noted a general positive return towards more normal levels for the inflow of orders,” says Peter Kruk, who assumed the role of President and CEO on October 1.
ElectraMeccanica eyes Arizona and Tennessee for potential assembly plant
October 08, 2020The Canadian developer and manufacturer of the single-seat EV called the SOLO, is providing an update related to its ongoing search for its future U.S. based assembly facility and engineering technical centre.
GaAs RF revenue projected to decline by 3.8% in 2020
July 13, 2020RF front-end component IDM and foundry revenues will be affected under the dual influences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Chinese government’s policy of decoupling from the U.S., driven by the ever-intensifying U.S.-China trade war that began in 2019, according to TrendForce’s latest investigations.
China falls far short of its "Made-in-China 2025" goal
May 27, 2020IC production in China represented 15.7% of its $125 billion IC market in 2019, up only slightly from 15.1% five years earlier in 2014. IC Insights forecasts that this share will increase by 5.0 percentage points to 20.7% in 2024 (one percentage point per year on average).
NCAB acquires US-based Bare Board Group
April 27, 2020NCAB announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in the US-based company Bare Board Group (BBG) located in Largo, Florida, with offices in Canada and Taiwan.
U.S. polysilicon makers laud Phase 1 of China deal
January 18, 2020The United States’ three remaining manufacturers of polysilicon expressed appreciation to President Trump and praised U.S. negotiators for securing the Chinese commitment to purchase U.S. polysilicon in the first phase of the U.S.-China trade deal.
SK Innovation: expansion in U.S. and Hungary
January 10, 2020South Korea’s SK Innovation Co Ltd has announced plans for a second electric vehicle (EV) battery plant in the United States and is considering expansion of another factory in Hungary, among other options.
DRAM contract prices to rise in 1Q20 says TrendForce
January 08, 2020The consistent increase in DRAM spot prices since December and the power outage at Samsung’s Hwaseong fab on December 31, 2019 have not seriously impacted the supply side of the DRAM market, says the DRAMeXchange research division of TrendForce,
3Q19 NAND Flash revenue grows amidst resurging pre-peak season demand
November 25, 20193Q19 NAND flash industrial revenue showed a nearly 15% growth of total bit shipment, owing to the seasonality-driven demand for products shipments and the additional product shipment made available in preparation for U.S. tariffs, says the DRAMeXchange research division of TrendForce.
Demand for preemptive 3Q19 DRAM shipment rises
November 21, 2019According to DRAMeXchange, demand-side inventory in 2H19 has returned to relatively healthy levels. Furthermore, some vendors pulled their quarterly product shipment forward in an effort to avoid potential negative impacts from Trump’s impending tariffs.
Apple requests U.S. waive tariffs
November 04, 2019According to company filings with the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office, Apple Inc. has requested a waiver on tariffs for Chinese-made Apple products and components used in the manufacture of certain products.
EMCORE announces CATV assets sale to Hytera
November 01, 2019EMCORE Corporation has sold its CATV production equipment and transferred its CATV manufacturing operations from the company’s Beijing facility to Hytera.
Prepare, adapt & overcome - how ‘to Brexit’
November 01, 2019The looming, but yet unknown, effects of Brexit have forced companies to prepare for whatever may come. But how does one really prepare for unknown consequences?
Electronics manufacturers feel the effects of US-China trade war
October 24, 2019Almost 90% of US electronics manufacturers state that they are troubled by the increased tariffs imposed by the United States and China on each other’s imports – some are even investing less in the US as a result.
U.S. silicon industry presses Congress for inclusion in tariff talks
October 23, 2019Three major U.S. silicon industry manufacturers urged members of congress to include tariffs, imposed by the Chinese on U.S. exports of polysilicon to China since 2014, in ongoing U.S. trade talks with the country.
Tin users see weaker marketsLoad more news
October 17, 2019A survey carried out by the International Tin Association (ITA) showed refined tin use grew by 2 percent in 2018, but points to a contraction in most sectors in 2019. 141 companies took part in the survey, accounting for some 43 percent of estimated global refined tin use in 2018.