April 2021

21
Apr

MARKET UPDATES – 21.04.21

GENERAL OVERVIEW Since the beginning of 2021, the market has changed dramatically and ongoing strong demand continues to outstrip supply, resulting in very long lead times and pricing surges.   With a challenging Q1, we do believe there are some signs of hope. Current shortages of raw materials may improve throughout the year, leading to stabilization of lead times in

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19
Apr

IS LOCALISATION THE FUTURE OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN?

In our everyday operations, we speak to hundreds of business leaders about the challenges facing them both during the Coronavirus pandemic & Brexit. A core theme we are hearing is that the COVID-19 outbreak will have a lasting outcome on their supply chains, with many analysing risk management processes, resilience, and agility of their businesses. With Brexit, some manufacturers are learning

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14
Apr

MARKET UPDATES – 14.04.21

GENERAL OVERVIEW The overall market situation has not changed. With the market being so strong, the backlog is continuing to grow, long term visibility is needed.   There has been continued acceleration in demand from customer bases across all Discrete & Optoelectronic Technologies.   We are seeing no relief in lead time reduction, the ramp-up in demand continues to drive

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12
Apr

COST, QUALITY & TIME – THE TRIPLE CONSTRAINT

In manufacturing, we are often asked these two questions, “How much are you prepared to pay”, and “How long are you prepared to wait?”. This highlights to us that the quality of our end product is based on two key variables; PRICE and TIME.   But what is the Iron Triangle? You may have heard about the Iron Triangle before,

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7
Apr

MARKET UPDATES – 07.04.21

GENERAL OVERVIEW Lead times across all electronic component products continue to increase. Demand remains strong, against previous predictions, therefore we are seeing shortages in supply.   There is serious chip shortages that will lead to supply issues and higher prices for single board computers and other electronic products.   Besides price increases, some Semiconductors will not be available at any

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