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Capacitor distribution: exploring the fundamentals

Digi-Key Electronics’ vice-president, global supplier management, David Stein discusses some of the fundamentals underpinning capacitor supply and demand. The capacitor industry experiences shortages for a variety of reasons. To start, capacitors are widely used in various end markets with high output. The automobile and consumer industries are just two examples where sometimes thousands of capacitors are needed to build a single product. Secondly, capacitor suppliers have consolidated and some manufacturers have ended production of certain capacitors due to lack of supplier profitability, causing less supply and higher prices. Increasing factory capacity can take anywhere from 12 to 18-months and is…

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Distribution: past, present, future

Electronics Sourcing discusses history, acquisitions, challenges and recipes for success with Hughes Peters’ president, Mike Okel. Hughes-Peters might be a…

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Industry 4.0: manufacturing’s supernova

John Denslinger argues Industry 4.0 is a manufacturing supernova on Earth, both for industry and the people enabling its transformation. The fourth industrial revolution was underway long before the pandemic…

Domino effect on manufacturing

John Denslinger explores a decade of falling dominoes, each impacting the supply chain and driving manufacturers to explore significant changes to their global strategies. A domino effect is produced when…

Seeds of change

Made in the USA was once the preferred branding for manufactured products. It signaled high quality, American ingenuity and skilled jobs for citizens. Following the post war re-build of Japanese…

Acceleration of digital life

John Denslinger sees Covid-19 as a catalyst for significant and rapid change regarding the digitisation of our lives. For more than a decade we have imagined a digital world where…

Everyone is essential to recovery

In this article John Denslinger argues the best solution to a sustained recovery is a marketplace where all economic activity is seen as essential. Essential versus non-essential must be one…

MPU market will grow as demand, prices increase

Increased computer sales during the pandemic has resulted in greater demand for microprocessors. Semiconductor buyers can expect average prices for microprocessors to increase about 3.2 per cent over the next…

Weaker demand and falling prices

However, the analog chip market will bounce back in 2021 as both demand and prices increase. Buyers can expect declining prices for analog ICs for the rest of the year…

Microprocessor market will bounce back

MPU demand will rebound in 2020 resulting in higher tags for processors used in computers and a return to sales growth Weaker demand and oversupply will result in the global…