While the accelerated growth and raid entry of newer and advanced products in Electronics is opening doors for new suppliers, it must also be noted that this is pushing many of the components and their suppliers into a forced obsolescence. That is not a good sign for today's environment conscious world. So much unwanted electronic trash is being generated that sooner it will reach alarming proportions and the recycling of such parts will become a major overhead for the members of the electronic supply chain
Industries like auto production should be able to benefit from volume pricing agreements as they integrate more electronics into the product. It will be interesting to see how long term maintenance costs fare. As someong who does a lot of automotive work on my own cars, I will admit to mixed feelings!
As the owner of a 2012 vehicle, I can attest that there are a lot of electronics in the car...the dealer has a PCB module they roll out to scare consumers into a long-term maintenance agreement. (We declined). That said, automotive quality is supposed to be at the highest level ever, so I'm hoping for the best
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.