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Electronic Component Manufacturers Face Lengthy Recovery from COVID-19

Electronic Component Manufacturers Face Lengthy Recovery from COVID-19
COVID-19 has caused severe disruption among electronics manufacturers, presenting consumer electronics and the automotive industry with a challenging year ahead, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics firm. In a fresh report, analysts disclose that economic shutdowns, which started in China and extended across the globe, have significantly impacted supply chains and may delay the prototyping and production of new products as a consequence. This is further compounded as new car purchases, including electric vehicles, are now unlikely to be a priority for businesses and consumers, amid the economic uncertainty resulting from the pandemic. One of the global electronic...

Lockdowns are Wreaking Havoc on Tech Supply Chains

Lockdowns are Wreaking Havoc on Tech Supply Chains
Electronics manufacturing is particularly exposed to problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, largely thanks to a combination of just-in-time manufacturing processes and a far-flung network of suppliers. Last week, analysts at research firm S&P Global painted a bleak picture, citing a 59.5% decline in US seaborne imports from China during the first three weeks of March 2020, resulting from China's nation-wide lockdown. Meanwhile, subcontracting firms such as Foxconn, are considering moving their operations outside of China where possible. One of Apple's manufacturing partners, Wistron Corp, recently stated that half of its capacity could reside outside China within one year. Electronics...

Coronavirus Hits the Heart of Electronics Manufacturing in China

Coronavirus Hits the Heart of Electronics Manufacturing in China
The spread of the coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, has rattled the electronics industry. From smartphones to LCD televisions, a significant volume of the world’s consumer technology is manufactured in China, or relies on parts made there. China is the world’s largest manufacturer of smartphones, computers and televisions, exporting billions of dollars of electronic goods annually. The new coronavirus has had an obvious and immediate impact on that productivity, with factories and offices halting operations across the country. According to analysts, the global electronic supply chain is likely to take a serious hit, depending on how quickly the virus spreads,...

South Korea Gains $28 M Investment to Make Chip Materials

South Korea Gains $28 M Investment to Make Chip Materials
US firm DuPont has decided to invest $28 million in South Korea to produce photoresists and other materials by 2021. The move will help in reducing the country’s heavy reliance on Japan for key materials used in chip manufacturing. Japan currently produces approximately 90% of photoresists, which are thin layers of material used to transfer circuit patterns onto semiconductor wafers. In July 2019, Japan imposed curbs on Korean exports of three materials including photoresists, amid a bilateral diplomatic row over wartime labourers. This prompted South Korean tech firms to diversify their supply chains. Although Japan reversed its restrictions on photoresist...

Risk Free Cost Reduction for Electronic Manufacturing

Risk Free Cost Reduction for Electronic Manufacturing
In times of Olde (Pre 2005) smart buyers were always looking to Brokers to help them save money on their Bill of Materials (BOM). Accessing someone else's excess stock was a great way to buy for less. A motivated seller is often prepared to take a loss on their stock creating a bargain for you, the buyer. In recent years, this has become fraught with danger. Cost reduction without Risk! Many OEM and EMS companies now only look to brokers for desperate situations caused by a line down or obsolescence. The curse that is counterfeit parts has created enough doubt...

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