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Procurement: 2020 reboot

John Denslinger argues that in the post Covid-19 electronics manufacturing world a heavy burden will fall on procurement to help pick up the pieces and restore order. While medical teams, financial institutions and governments continue working tirelessly on 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 us, that decision ripped apart global supply lines, the life blood of our industry. Left in the wake were…

America catches a cold

John Denslinger guides readers to trusted sources of data, information and advice in the face of Coronavirus concern. America catches a cold or more accurately, a virus. Never did I imagine a pathogen would threaten the health of the electronics industry. Just last month, I cited the enormous progress in trade negotiations with the signing of USMCA and the certainty it brought to our industry. Well, the certainty I spoke of was short lived. In less than three months, fear has spread faster than the virus itself. COVID-19 better known as Coronavirus has unnerved governments, financial markets and economies around…

A case for cyber securing our industry

This month John Denslinger argues for an ‘operational alliance’ within which electronics companies collaborate to cyber-secure the industry John Denslinger is a former executive VP Murata, president SyChip Wireless, and president/CEO ECIA, the industry’s trade association. His career spans 40 years in electronics Is the electronic component supply chain secure from cyber threats? That question came to mind as I read a recent article published in the Harvard Business Review. The author, Daniel Dobrygowski, head of governance & policy for the World Economic Forum Centre for Cybersecurity, is obviously a person with deep understanding of the digitally connected world. His…