Author Archives: Mike
The situation in the Philippines is starting to feel a lot like that of Turkey from July of this year: A paranoid leader turned strongman seeks to exert his supreme dominance over a democratic nation. Will the country stand back while … Continue reading
Reuters is reporting that Samsung has temporarily suspended production of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after replacements for the first batch of devices also proved to be almost as good at spontaneously combusting as they are at surfing the Web. One … Continue reading
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