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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.

Where have all the products gone?

The production of electronic components is a capital-intensive venture. Likewise, the industry is also fast-moving, with new product introductions and obsolescence notices a daily, if not hourly, occurrence. Thus, until supply chain AI reaches critical mass, the industry will always be plagued by ‘cycles’ of supply and demand mismatch. In fact, if the cycles are sinusoidal, the amount of time supply and demand are perfectly matched is infinitesimally small. Naturally, the sector has designed solutions to…

Megatrend unravelling?

The process of taking a new electronic product to market can be split into two distinct halves: pre and post design. The former is the domain of the research, design and development teams. The latter rests with purchasing, manufacturing and supply chain. In many application environments, a project’s time spent in design might be measured in weeks and months. However, move to manufacturing/ supply chain and the project’s time horizon becomes years and decades. Thus,…

Finger on the pulse

Publishing and communications technology might change over time but the fundamentals of making a magazine remain the same: understand the information wants and needs of your audience; keep asking questions until you find sufficient answers; then broadcast your findings to people who will find them interesting and useful. Clearly it is important to ask the right people the right questions, which means being in the right place at the right time. Admittedly, this process has…

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.

EV vs H2 : Winning the zero-emissions race

This month John Denslinger explores the competing technologies in the zero- emissions race and argues that only when the advantages are truly clear will consumers pick the winner. For all the attention and seemingly endless funding, one would think the decisive winning technology in America’s race to zero-emitting vehicles is a battery solution. It’s a reasonable assumption considering companies have collectively announced somewhere north of $200B in new EV and battery investments. Not to be…

Was EV over-hyped?

In this article, John Denslinger explores the scale of investment required to match the US’ electrification goals and deadlines with the power transmission infrastructure itself. According to nearly 4,000 car dealers across the nation, EV sales have slumped noticeably. They point to a growing inventory of unsold vehicles on their lots visibly exposing a serious divide between supply and actual demand. Their assessment: mass market consumers are not buying EVs despite price cuts, incentives and…

Power grid abyss

In this article, John Denslinger explores the scale of investment required to match the US’ electrification goals and deadlines with the power transmission infrastructure itself Achieving a clean energy economy won’t be possible without major upgrades to the US power transmission infrastructure. That is the assessment of America’s investor- owned electric utilities and the Department of Energy. Most of the electrical grid was built in the 1960s and 1970s and it’s estimated that 70 per cent of the…