Author Archives: Mike
It’s been a year (more actually) since India announced — to great fanfare — a memorandum of understanding with Foxconn to invest $5 billion over the next five years in the nation. For India, it seemed like a marriage made in heaven: the … Continue reading
Gayla Delly left Benchmark with no notice last week. Why? Changes at the top of Tier 1 and 2 EMS firms don’t happen often. Before Friday, in fact, Benchmark had had just two chief executives in its 30-year history. Cary Wu founded … Continue reading
What would the electronics industry do if automotive demand were to pull a Thelma and Louise and head off the proverbial cliff? The auto recovery has been the axle of the Western supply chain since 2008. The drivetrain is starting to show some wear, … Continue reading
My latest editorial looks at how buyers in the electronics supply chain are using their suppliers as an extension of their bank.
Mycronic’s purchase of electronics dispensing OEM Shenzhen Axxon Automation Co. today signals a novel, if inevitable, milestone in the SMT processing equipment history: Chinese process equipment OEMs have reached the point where they are sufficiently viable and significant for Western companies to invest … Continue reading
The news that the supposed last maker of VCRs, Funai Electric, will cease production on the video medium at the end of this month took me back to this blog item I wrote in 2009. That’s when I retired my previous VCR, … Continue reading
Biologists at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst have genetically modified bacteria to produce tiny conductive wires that may one day be used in electronics. If we extrapolate this, does it mean that job-seekers won’t just have China and robots to compete with, but bugs, … Continue reading