Materials and Services - Direct

Electrical and Electronics

It's a buyer's market

Issue 5 - April 2012

Most passive components have become buyer's markets with markets showing stability at the onset of 2012. While the aftermaths of the floods in Thailand have extended lead times for certain components, the industry as a whole has been able to ramp up capacity to meet demand. Buyers are urged to lock in competitive supply and prices while conditions are favorable.

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Disruptions in global markets persist

Issue 4 - January 2012

Thailand’s worst floods in over fifty years has forced key manufacturing plants to shut down, causing disruptions in global markets; another blow for Japan following the devastating tsunami. Although component categories and suppliers have been affected to varying degrees, the overall effect on the supply chain is believed to be short-lived, according to Accenture.

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Companies urged to protect themselves against counterfeit electronics

Issue 3 - September 2011

Counterfeit electronics are a growing menace for manufacturers and their supply chains, with up to 10 percent of all global electronic/technology products containing fake parts. According to Accenture, the best way for companies to mitigate this risk is to audit their suppliers’ quality control procedures—to improve traceability of parts further upstream in the supply chain.

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Japan’s tragedy & its affect on electronic markets

Issue 2 - June 2011

The catastrophic aftermath of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan has caused disruptions within electronics industry supply chains, but the global impact of these disruptions has been minimal due to available inventory and, in some cases, alternate production sites in other regions making up for shortfalls.

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Electronics outlook: Is market stability a possibility for 2011?

Issue 1 - March 2011

From the furious recovery that drove severe shortages in early 2010, owing to suppliers scaling back during the recession, market consensus for 2011 seems to be better balanced across most electrical and electronic categories. 2011 will see buyers thinking more proactively and strategically about their supply chains. Want to find out more about why supply chain flexibility is paramount?

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