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11
May

SUSTAINABILITY IN ELECTRONIC MANUFACTURING

Sustainability in electronic manufacturing presents the opportunities to produce new product options in demand for small business manufacturers, tap into a new market, and modernize your business.   The Green Supply Chain The traditional view of “lean manufacturing” is a way to be more efficient, strip waste from operations, and improve the company financials. Lean manufacturing has been optimized through

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28
Apr

Q2 COMPONENT MARKET REVIEW

As we endeavour the second quarter of 2021, we discover the overall market situation has not changed for the electronics manufacturing industry. Although, the rest of the economy is edging closer to the highly anticipated ‘new normal’, we unfortunately are still facing strong market demand, with a growing backlog and no relief in the lead time reduction. Here is the

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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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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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30
Mar

CHOOSING THE RIGHT EMS PARTNER

For a company looking to outsource for the first time, to appoint an additional EMS partner, or to replace the one they already work with, should be the result of a strategic decision. On one hand, there’s talk of global businesses offshoring, nearshoring, re-shoring, and the roles of Tier 1, 2 & 3 EMS players in those ventures. On the

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12
Mar

2021 & BEYOND: SUPPLY CHAIN CHALLENGES

Before March 2020, in pre-pandemic periods, discussions around the supply chain tended to revolve around product life cycles, the occasional component shortage and fabrication. Today we are facing, widespread shortages with lead times up to 52 weeks+, factory closures and all-around uncertainty. In Q1, 2021 discussions have been focused on the concern of COVID 19 and the impact it will

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23
Feb

WHY NORTHERN IRELAND?

Following the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU) and ending of the transition period on 31 December 2020, Northern Ireland continues to have access to Great Britain (GB) and the EU markets for goods. Beyond its breathtaking natural beauty and strategic position as an integral part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland is gaining significance as a buzzing business

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8
Feb

MACROECONOMIC FACTORS AFFECTING OUR SUPPLY CHAIN

As the Coronavirus wreaks economic turmoil around the world, modern supply chains face unprecedented stress and are drawing an increased level of scrutiny. Today’s globalized supply chain network has been optimized to identify minimum lead times at the lowest possible price. We want electronics made in China, so we can buy them cheap. However, rapid political developments, a shift towards

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22
Jan

ELECTRONIC MANUFACTURING EXPECTATIONS 2021

As we endeavour the first quarter of 2021, we reflect on 2020 and see the impact it has had on our supply chain and business models. Inevitably, 2020 caused widespread difficulties in the marketplace, with all areas of the economy feeling the pressure. This left many electronic manufacturers with an ambiguous vision of what the future may look like. Not

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11
Jan

SUPPLY CHAIN CHALLENGES FOR 2021

The Global Economy is facing considerable challenges in 2021. No area of society will be unaffected by these issues – and supply chains are no different. 2020 – A year like no other. From extended lead times, pressure on businesses and the encouragement of working from home, 2020 had it all. COVID-19 emphasized the significance of building resilient, flexible supply

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