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Manufacturers Must Rethink Global Operations Following Covid-19

Manufacturers Must Rethink Global Operations Following Covid-19
A new study by the University of Birmingham reveals that in light of the coronavirus pandemic, manufacturers must move away from single production facilities in low-cost regions, in order to minimise risk. The study suggests that production should instead focus on having numerous facilities around the world, including re-shoring, to strengthen resilience. Researchers reported that the concept of value should be broadened beyond profit to include factors such as speed, customisation, reliability, and “place-based affiliations” to redraw global production networks (GPNs). Based on a study of 91 US manufacturing companies, the report found that Covid-19 had shown the most effective...

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...

Component Sense Covid-19 Update

Component Sense Covid-19 Update
We want to reassure our customers, clients and business partners that while the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation is evolving and creating increasing uncertainty across the markets, Component Sense is currently still trading and shipping orders. Based on the location of our headquarters, employees, and on the advice of respective local governments, a large part of our global team are now working remotely in order to achieve social distancing. This is to both safeguard our staff and to ensure that we can continue to provide a high level of service. We will keep you updated with any developments as information comes to...

Coronavirus is Disrupting the Electronics Supply Chain

Coronavirus is Disrupting the Electronics Supply Chain
With over 90,000 confirmed cases and over 3,000 deaths, the coronavirus has already spread to over 70 countries in a matter of weeks. Although the situation in China appears to be stabilising, new cases from South Korea, Italy, Iran and beyond are being identified. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has increased the risk assessment of COVID-19 to 'very high' on a global scale, amid fear that the virus could go in ‘any direction’. The outbreak has eclipsed most headlines, and for good reason. The impact of COVID-19 on supply chain, logistics, and the global economy as a whole is worrying....

Researchers Develop a Tiny ID Chip to Tackle Counterfeiting

Researchers Develop a Tiny ID Chip to Tackle Counterfeiting
Electronic components are a popular target for counterfeiting, and are an ongoing problem that costs the electronics industry billions of dollars each year. To tackle the issue of counterfeits entering the supply chain, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have invented a tiny new ID chip that is small enough to fit onto small electronic components in order to verify their authenticity. While existing radio frequency identification (RFID) tags are becoming increasingly popular as a way of authenticating parts, they are costly to manufacture, too large to fit on tiny components, and require too much power to run...

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