Author Archives: Mike
Could PCs do what the rest of the EMS industry could not — derail the Foxconn train? Over the past decade, Foxconn has been practically unstoppable. Not a backlash against China, outrage over dozens of worker suicides, at least two … Continue reading
Is Europe about to get its environmental comeuppance? After perhaps billions of dollars were spent transforming the electronics supply chain to reflect the European Commission’s RoHS and WEEE directives, the EC is now considering adopting a version of the US … Continue reading
Coming next week, the annual CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY Top 50 EMS providers. Who were the biggest gainers and fallers? We will have the full story for you on April 1.
I’m not sure what to make of this video describing the economic impact of a war between China and Japan. Now, please understand that I think the odds of this happening are almost impossibly remote under the current administrations. When … Continue reading
This Boston Globe article poses interesting questions about the legal and moral responsibilities of robots (yes, robots). In summary, does the legal system need to adapt to adjudicating cases where artificial intelligence-run machines make decisions based on their own reasoning, … Continue reading
Industry chatter has long said M&A activity among the major placement companies is inevitable. Yet throughout the gut-wrenching downturn of 2001-02, the widespread pause in 2008-09, and the subsequent fallout starting last spring, nothing concrete took place. Sure, a few … Continue reading