The electronics industry was rife with change in 2014, and the supply chain has become increasingly strategic for electronics OEMs. On EBN, a quick look at what topics garnered the most attention in 2014 says a lot about where we are as an industry, and it points to where we might be going.
First, clearly all eyes are on the biggest players in the market. For example, the legal battle between the semiconductor maker Xilinx and the contract manufacturing giant Flextronics drove attention to the problem of counterfeit components. Meanwhile, the LSI/Avago merger pointed to further consolidation in the component marketplace. As always, news of Apple's supply chain gathered momentum as naysayers and fans alike focused on what the computer products monolith did with its supply chain.
Further, technology evolution, from the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data to 3D printing, has moved center stage. Supply chain pros are looking at how to serve the increasing demand for these technologies, as well as how this evolution can make what the supply chain does easier and more effective.
Finally, in the coming year, staffing the electronics supply chain promises to be among the biggest challenges. It's becoming increasingly clear that the industry is facing an aging workforce and changing demands on employees. Smart companies are already thinking about how to attract and retain female and millennial workers, two underrepresented groups in the electronics supply chain today.
We hope you got a chance to hear from EBN's industry voices on these and other topics. In case you missed them, here's our list of the most popular articles in 2014:
- Xilinx/Flextronics Suit Shines Light on the Gray Market
- Australia Leads in 3D Titanium Printing
- Infographic: Apple Perfects Global Supply Chain
- Apple’s Run at Auto Industry Makes Tier-1 Suppliers Nervous
- The 10 Commandments of Attracting Millennials to Manufacturing
- Physics, Not Economics, Will End Moore’s Law
- Procurement in the Supply Chain: 10 Keys to Success
- LSI/Avago Merger: A Union of Impeccable Lineage
- Logistics: Breaking Down the Brotherhood
- Infographic: Defining the Internet of Things
— Hailey Lynne McKeefry, Editor in Chief, EBN