Jon Barrett

Editor of Electronics Sourcing UK, North America and Europe

During his publishing career, Jon has continued to develop his mechanical, electronic and software skills ranging from recent qualifications in precision welding to the development of hosted business software.

Paper and print everywhere

Medical, social and economic impacts aside, Covid-19 has revealed some interesting aspects to life. One or two of them have the potential to be uncomfortable truths. Thanks to forced homeworking and video conferencing I have had the pleasure of peeking inside more living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, studies and box rooms than I would have previously seen in my whole life. Politicians, celebrities, newsreaders, medics, experts, the general public and more, I’ve seen it all. I’m…

Hybrid renewable: why not?

Most months I get the chance to chat with industry friends and colleagues about a range of electronics related subjects. Most times we start with contemporary topics but quickly wander into uncharted territory. So it was during a conversation with industry PR, Nick Foot, who sideswiped me with a simple question I had no answer for: “Why do renewable energy facilities typically employ only a single generation technology, especially offshore”. I’ve seen plenty of wind,…

John Denslinger

Editorial contributor to Electronics Sourcing

John Denslinger is a former executive VP Murata, president SyChip Wireless, and president/CEO ECIA, the industry’s trade association. His career has spannned up to 40 raw years in electronics.

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 one event sets off a chain of similar events. This is easily understandable if you visualise a falling row of dominoes. Its clear global manufacturing did not escape the domino effect. For more than two decades, manufacturers and their supply partners enjoyed relative stability in…

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 and German economies, the advent of strategic trading blocs such as NAFTA and EU, and the rapid industrialisation of South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and China, the world became equally adept at producing durable goods. One might say it was a natural consequence of advancing societies….

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 electronics, coupled with communications, offered humanity a less stressful daily life. As desirable as it sounded, the pace of consumer and business adoption was rather measured. Suddenly, a pandemic disrupted all aspects of civilisation. That one catalyst, Covid-19, brought immediate need and accelerated digital life….

James Carbone

Editorial contributor to Electronics Sourcing

A veteran journalist, James was a writer and editor for Electronics and Purchasing magazines for 21 years. He covered electronics distribution, semiconductors, passives and connectors for the magazines.

Dual and multiple sourcing helps GE Healthcare reduce supply chain risk

Having suppliers that make components in more than one region of the world also helps to reduce risk for the company. Working closely with component manufacturers and their authorized distributors, making sure there are at least two suppliers for each component and involving buyers in new product introduction are some of the strategies that GE Healthcare employs to manage supply chain risk. The company also likes suppliers to have multiple manufacturing locations for a needed…

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 and into 2021 because of overall weaker demand and ample production capacity. The worldwide analog chip market will decline 5.8 per cent in 2020, due in large part to COVID-19, which has resulted in less electronics equipment and semiconductor demand. The analog IC market will…

There’s more to blockchain than traceability of parts

Blockchain will also bring efficiency, greater accuracy and streamline the exchange of information and data in the electronics supply chain. Some large electronic component manufacturers, distributors and OEMs are using blockchain to enable them to trace parts through the supply chain from the time the components are made until they are scrapped. Many other companies are researching blockchain to determine how to best use it but have not made large investments to implement it. With…

Amy Leary

Marketing Manager of

Amy Leary has been working within the electronics industry for over three years. Along with Marketing, Amy also produces unique editorials connected to the industry which have been published in widely recognised publications globally.

Let’s Get the Industry Moving Again

This year has seen one of the worst financial crises since 1929, the Wall Street Crash. The economy has seen a rough start to 2020, with thanks to COVID-19 causing mass disruption for manufacturers globally and over 437,000 deaths within seven months. Same as all major industries, the electronics sector has been substantially affected by the virus in all divisions including events, manufacturing, supply chain and staffing. With COVID-19 grinding spending and production to halt,…

Did You Stockpile Because Of BREXIT?

For those who may not be aware, the United Kingdom held a referendum vote on its relationship to the EU back in 2016. With virtual guarantees that the United Kingdom would remain in the EU – it came as a shock that by a slim margin, more of the public had voted ‘leave’ by a majority of 52% to 48%. The impact of the surprise vote caused lots of uncertainty with UK citizens and has…

Latest Trends That Will Transform The Electronics Industry

As you all may know, 2020 has not been the best year so far for the global economy – especially the electronics industry. With COVID19 sweeping the globe, Australian bushfires, and US trade tariffs, we hope 2020 can only go up from here. Within the last decade we uncovered the most breath-taking electronic discoveries – some being 5G, the iPad and electronic-car charging stations. Within this article I am going to talk you though the…