As the year winds to a close, it's natural to wonder what next year will bring to the electronics supply chain. We've decided to ask an expert.
James McGregor, director of supplier management, at distributor Newark element14, for one, is optimistic about 2014. “In our business, there have been some interesting trends with more industrial OEM customers accelerating spend with us over the past quarter,” he told EBN. “Contract manufacturing is also going well.”
McGregor is hopeful, too, about the potential for on-shoring/reshoring. He points to a variety of news of large organizations bringing electronics manufacturing to the United States. For example, in May, Google's Motorola Mobility group announced that it would partner with contract manufacturer Flextronics to build the new Moto X in a Ft. Worth, Texas, manufacturing facility.
The news, though, may not be all good. For example, increased demand may translate into stretching lead times on some components, he said. Further, research and engineering organizations are facing government funding cuts, which may impact new technologies and programs. “I'm hopeful, but I think we'll have disruptions on the government side of life,” said McGregor.
We want to know what you see on the horizon for 2014, too. Are you concerned about lead times and availability? What do you think will be the hot topics and technologies in the coming year? Will government funding dry up?
We'll be gathering in the EBN chat area at 2:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. PST) on Wednesday, December 18. Join us to discuss and debate what the coming year will bring.