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.

Plug-and-play comes of age

Thanks to a unique set of circumstances, there is a single day when I judge the accomplishments of the electronics industry over the previous year: Christmas day. On that day, as if by magic, electronic products appear on the living room floor. The time frame to enable them is immediate. The userbase comprises demanding children. Finally, any form of meaningful technical support is non-existent. This year the challenge was an app-controlled toy and this is…

Press go for growth

I always look forward to the December issue of Electronics Sourcing. It’s an opportunity to ask a wide range of manufacturers and distributors for their experience over the past 12-months and their expectations for the coming year. Every year, for the last decade, these Forecast features have typically delivered a diversity of views. Some contributors are bullish, others are bearish. Some see growth in one industry, others in a different sector. Not this year. This…

Think, make or serve

It’s been an interesting 55-years. Like many children of the ‘60s, I was born into a manufacturing economy. As the years ticked by this was subsequently swept away by the knowledge economy, which was looked upon as higher value, cleaner and more environmentally sound. Just as I got to grips with that concept, it too was pushed aside by the service economy, which itself spawned its little brother: the gig economy. Then along comes Covid-19…

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.

Unmasking workplace and company culture

John Denslinger wonders what post pandemic workplaces will look like given all the data squarely points to hybrid. A careful look at a CDC demographic shows 62 per cent of the US adult population received at least one vaccine dose as of May 2021 and 50 per cent are now fully vaccinated. CDC guidance suggests vaccinated Americans can forego masks and social distancing: the two biggest impediments to everyday person-to-person interaction. As one would expect,…

America – Essential component battleground

John Denslinger investigates EV batteries and how their associated manufacturing and distribution supply chains represent new electronics industry frontier. I n April’s editorial I discussed the ‘small but big impact’ semiconductors were having on the supply chain citing the auto industry’s predicament in particular. Later that week, arguably the largest component, the EV battery, captured US headlines as LG Chem and SK Innovation settled a bitter lawsuit involving trade secrets. The resolution was significant. At…

Restoring order post pandemic

John Denslinger explores some of the challenges facing the global electronics supply chain as it emerges unevenly from pandemic controls. While medical teams, financial institutions and governments continue working tirelessly on Covid-19 issues, the forecast ahead for procurement is almost as daunting. Faced with the aftermath of shelter-in-place and similar decrees, the great American industrial reboot is about to begin. Containing the spread among citizens took precedence over business as usual. Yet for many of…

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.

Business booms for high-service distributors

An increase in design engineering activity and tight supply of chips and other components is resulting in skyrocketing sales for high-service distributors. High-service electronics distributors have weathered the coronavirus pandemic with some reporting a 50 per cent increase in sales during the first five months of 2021. Most high-service distributors focus on design and sell small quantities of parts to engineers designing new products. Design activity has increased significantly in the first half of 2021….

It’s not just semiconductors that are in short supply

Lead times are stretching and prices are rising for passives, connectors and power supplies. It’s no secret that electronics purchasers are being challenged by allocations, shortages and long lead times for a variety of semiconductors including microcontrollers, diodes, graphics RAM chips and power semiconductors, among others. However, while chip shortages seem to be garnering most of the attention, supply is tight and lead times are stretching for many capacitors, resistors, and other passive components, connectors,…

It’s not just about inventory and timely delivery anymore

Buyers need distributors to provide more technical advice, market intelligence and cost-reducing value-added and supply chain services. In the not-so- distant past the expectations that many electronics purchasers had of distributors were that distributors had the parts buyers needed in stock and would be able deliver them in a timely fashion. But times have changed and buyers now expect much more from distributors. Some buyers regard their distributors as strategic partners and rely on them…

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.

The Impact Chinese New Year 2021 Will Have on The Electronics Industry

Chinese New Year usually falls somewhere between the end of January and the middle of February. Next year in 2021, it is set to commence on 12th February and will be the year of the Ox. Chinese New Year is a time for celebration and is known to cause the largest human migration in the world, resulting in many employees taking time off work to be with family and friends. The holiday period often causes…

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…