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Analysis and comment on all matters pertaining to the supply chain and distribution of electronics components from Richard Wilson, editor of Electronics Weekly.

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Good time to be looking for a job in electronics

Job prospects in the UK are very good right now. Yet once again the spectre of a skills shortage in engineering has raised its weary head.

But like all good spectres, the skills shortage phantom may lack real substance.

As with most commodity shortages, perceived or otherwise, its consequences depend…

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America II adds more product lines

America II adds more product lines

America II Electronics has set a target of adding 100 new supplier franchises this year, and has just added six product lines.

The latest supplier signings for the distributor are Excel Cell Electronic (passives and electromechanical components), Citizen Finetech Miyota (crystals), Kingstate (audio buzzers), ADDA (fans), Micro-C and Chilisin…

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A non-trivial question about IoT

A non-trivial question about IoT

LED lighting or the internet of things (IoT) – which will be bigger for electronics suppliers?

The question is not as trivial as it sounds.

Of course, IoT is everywhere right now. Maybe not in practice, but in the marketing plans for component suppliers and systems developers, the IoT is the…

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IoT makes Industry 4.0 real in the Port of Hamburg

IoT makes Industry 4.0 real in the Port of Hamburg

Industry 4.0 – the so-called fourth industrial revolution is closer than we might think.

The Port of Hamburg is becoming a ‘smart port’. Some 40,000 lorries pass through the port every day, and a new road management system, consisting of sensors on roads and in parking spaces connected…

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Don't underestimate user fears about web security

The internet of things (IoT) seems to be an important market for many electronics companies, from wireless module suppliers to open source software developers.

I imagine many company business plans are relying on significant sales growth in the various markets for IoT devices and software.

But do users view IoT…

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Will LED lighting be a cash-cow for UK suppliers?

Will LED lighting be a cash-cow for UK suppliers?

LED street lights shine brightly on the industry right now.

In the past the UK electronics sector was heavily dependent on defence and telecommunications for its large infrastructure business.

These sectors, while still important to suppliers, are no longer the cash-cows they were in the 1980s and 1990s.

In…

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Solid State buys Ginsbury

Solid State has acquired fellow distributor Ginsbury Electronics in a deal worth £2.125m.

Rochester-based Ginsbury specialises in the selling of displays and power components.  

The plan is to operate Ginsbury alongside the Group’s other two divisions – Solid State Supplies and Steatite, which are located in Redditch, Worcestershire…

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Is there a low carbon bonanza?

The government has singled out the low carbon sector as important for the UK economy.

There is untapped potential across a range of technologies and it is important that the electronics sector becomes an active participator in the low carbon economy.

In the report on the Size and Performance of…

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