Tuesday, September 29, 2015

2015 OEM/Rework/Repair Trends in Electronics Manufacturing – Guest Blog

by Steve Allen, VP Marketing and Innovation, ACL Staticide

In Steve’s latest Guest Blog for Q Source, he examines developing trends in electronics manufacturing

American companies are bringing electronics manufacturing back to the U.S.
Because of ever-increasing labor rates in China and higher shipping costs from Asia to various global end markets, many American companies have decided to bring back electronics manufacturing to North America. It’s likely that purchasing strategies will also change in the next several years as more OEMs follow this trend. Currently, a number of companies (including Apple and Lenovo) are deciding to in-source, rather than have products built by electronics manufacturing services (or out-sourced contract manufacturers). Those companies have decided to make at least some of their electronics products in house.

An increase in manufacturing in the North American market will affect virtually all operations strategies. Buyers involved in out-sourcing decisions will need to evaluate the manufacturing and supply chain capabilities of CMs doing business in North America. These buyers that have decided to in-source may need to find new suppliers or further strengthen relationships with existing ones in Mexico and the United States (and perhaps other locations worldwide).

Resultantly, U.S. distributors will certainly benefit from the transition of electronics manufacturing back to the U.S. (and Mexico) as the demand from OEM and CM providers will increase. That demand will include parts, design, supply chain management, and aftermarket services.

Many in the industry call the trend "on-shoring" or "re-shoring." Sometimes these terms have an “us versus China” connotation, which is inappropriate. The trend is really "regionalization." In true regionalization, electronics equipment is manufactured in the market where the product is sold. And, it’s all about capacity utilization. The current data indicates that the geographies that are growing (in terms of electronics manufacturing) are Mexico, Eastern Europe, and Malaysia. Currently, China is stable. This indicates that regionalization is indeed a growing and global trend.


High-volume electronics will still be built in Asia.
Electronics manufacturing is growing in Mexico because the country has the lowest labor rates of the three North American countries and shipping costs to the United States and Canada are much less than shipping the products from China. It’s clear that more electronics OEMs are regionalizing their manufacturing, especially low- to mid-volume, high-mix production, which includes industrial equipment and appliances. High-volume consumer electronics equipment (e.g., notebook computers and cell phones) that will be sold globally will continue to be built in China and other low-cost Asian countries (Taiwan, Malaysia).

Ten years ago, manufacturing of low- to mid-volume appliances and industrial equipment moved to China because electronics OEM executives wanted to take advantage of extremely low Chinese labor rates. It is now apparent that they didn’t account for the true total cost of manufacturing in China, based on today’s analysis.

In recent years, labor rates in China have increased 20% per year—and they will continue to rise—so labor cost advantages have greatly lessened…if not disappeared in the region. In addition, transportation costs from Asia have increased significantly, as well.

Currently, it is uncertain exactly how much electronics manufacturing will migrate back to North America. We do know that the trend will continue as labor costs in China and other Southeast Asian countries continue to rise.

For 2015, the contract manufacturing industry is expected to grow, despite continued economic weakness worldwide. In a report from its Outsourced Manufacturing Intelligence Service, IHS pegs the industry growth rate at 4.0% this year to $404.5 billion. That’s slower than the roughly 5% growth the industry saw in 2014, but IHS predicts steady, though unremarkable, growth for contract manufacturers worldwide over the next three years. By 2017, the group says revenue will rise to nearly $452 billion as original equipment manufacturers seek to boost production to serve customers in consumer electronics, industrial equipment, appliances, and automotive end markets.

However, many industry experts are now saying that a “major economic dislocation” could easily derail market growth pointing to the sovereign debt crisis in Europe and the U.S. response to realigning its long-term spending trajectory. IHS also noted two key trends to watch in contract manufacturing: Customers’ desire to lower costs and suppliers’ drive for improved cash flow. Notwithstanding, the trend of manufacturing flowing back to North America is good and will continue for the foreseeable future. We view this as a great opportunity for new and innovative products to service this market space.

Thanks, Steve! That was a very interesting peek at current and developing trends in electronics manufacturing. We look forward to your next blog submission.

Steve Allen is the Vice President of Marketing and Innovation at ACL Staticide. For information about ACL, please visit our ACL Staticide Department at QSource.com. You may also contact us via email or phone at 800-966-6020 and one of our associates will be happy to assist you.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Social Rewind for September 28, 2015

Are you subscribed to multiple social media networks like we are? Do you find it difficult it to keep up with all of the updates from the people you follow? Do you feel like you’re missing a lot of good information?

“The Social Rewind,” is a weekly compilation of what we thought were the most interesting, funny, or informational social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows a variety of really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.

Leading off this week’s column: Workrite Ergonomics shared this piece about a study of workplace happiness, but the answer really applies to overall life: FREE snacks!

Cameras aren’t just for selfies, ya know. Tektronix brings us news of the world’s fastest camera, a new electron device that will impact the development of solar cells, electronics, and high-performance chemical catalysts.

The amazing abilities of 3D printing are being considered as potential answers to the quick and efficient need for constructing habitats on Mars. This post by 3D Printing Industry looks at the idea that 3D printing could use materials found on Mars to fabricate structures, which will lessen payload needs on the Mars-bound spacecraft.

In an interview: Solar Crafting explains how a balloon can 3D print homes on Mars. #3dprinting

Posted by 3D Printing Industry on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Can you imagine being able to recognize the threat of diabetes and heart disease more than a decade before their symptoms are apparent? Agilent Technologies shared this post about Dr. Robert Gerszten and his team who are measuring hundreds of the body’s chemicals that could be warning signs of up to 12 years ahead of the diagnosis of these dangerous ailments.

Agilent enables breakthrough in heart disease and diabetics research. Read more at http://bit.ly/1iypguq

Posted by Agilent Technologies on Thursday, September 24, 2015

Okay, we needed to take a geek-break to recognize two all-time favorites: Star Wars & Pop Tarts. Laughing Squid posted about a Texas toy company that is selling Pop-Tarts with Han Solo frozen in carbonite.

And we close out this week’s column with our post about our FREE Shipping promo on Vision Engineering Mantis Microscope packages An excellent opportunity to save big on state-of-the-art technology.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Are You Sitting Down? Get 32% Off & Free Casters on Bevco’s 7500-BK Chair

Save 32% off the MSRP on this Bevco 7000 Series Ergonomic Black Polyurethane Chair w/21"-31" Height Adjustment and Mushroom Glides when you use our FPF092515 Coupon Code (auto applied). PLEASE NOTE: This item is also eligible for the FREE hard-floor casters promo. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, September 25, 2015 through Sunday, September 27, 2015.

The Bevco 7500-BK polyurethane chair provides durability and comfort in a variety of tough environments and meets ANSI/BIFMA standards. This 3-day limited-time offer is unlimited. Use the code as many times as you like while it is valid—and we encourage you to share the code with your friends and colleagues.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

The Social Rewind for September 21, 2015

Are you subscribed to multiple social media networks like we are? Do you find it difficult it to keep up with all of the updates from the people you follow? Do you feel like you’re missing a lot of good information?

“The Social Rewind,” is a weekly compilation of what we thought were the most interesting, funny, or informational social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows a variety of really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.

Leading off this week’s column: R&R Lotion shared this post that reminds us of the importance of knowing potential toxins (the alcohol content of hand sanitizers, for example) and dangerous substances that are at home and around the workplace.

TE Connectivity’s post tells us that when diverse robots can talk to each other they are more efficient and economical. All arguing aside, it seemed to have worked for R2D2 and C3PO.

Speaking of classic sci-fi, Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation’s post reminds us that many of the gadgets we loved from Star Trek, are now available in 21st century versions such as cell phones, tablets, phasers, and more.

[Infographic] Star Trek Gadgets That Exist In The 21st Century: http://bit.ly/1NvjaH9 #tech #engineering #technology

Posted by Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

What kind of dressing goes with an LED salad? Gooch & Housego shared this story of GrowWise City, Philips Lighting’s indoor farm in the Netherlands where leafy vegetables are being grown with LED lighting.

There is now an indoor farm focused on growing salads and other leafy vegetables with the help of LED lighting. http://bit.ly/1fs1QFe

Posted by Gooch & Housego Instruments and Life Sciences on Monday, September 14, 2015

Mashable shared this article and photos of the inside of a WW1 German submarine. It’s an understatement to say that it took a very specific type of person to deal with the claustrophobic, creepy interior of the vessel.

And we close out this week’s column with our post about our limited-time IAC FREE Shipping promotion

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Clean Your Fax Machine; Save Some Green

Save 41% off the MSRP on the ACL Staticide’s Fax Machine Cleaning Sheets (1/Pouch, 4 Pouches/Bag, 12 Bags/Case) when you use our FPF091815 Coupon Code (auto applied). This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, September 18, 2015 through Sunday, September 20, 2015.

These ACL 8015 4PK Cleaning Sheets offer lint-free cleaning to remove dust and film from the paper path, rubber rollers, and scanner of your fax machine (one sheet equals one cleaning). Avoid unclear faxes and failed transmissions. This 3-day limited-time offer is unlimited. Use the code as many times as you like while it is valid—and we encourage you to share the code with your friends and colleagues.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Get Limited-Time Free Shipping on IAC Workbench Orders $2,000 & Up

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IAC’s Workmaster Series offers a broad selection of easy-to-assemble workbenches (featuring a 1,500-lb. distributed weight capacity) for assembly, lab, and technical environments. The Workmaster Series (also available in ESD models) includes a range of accessories for productivity and multi-tasking.

The Pro Series was ergonomically designed to deliver low-cost, efficient, and convenient height adjustability. Engineered for quality, these workbenches feature a cantilever support system and bolted steel channel frame (delivering a full 500-pound evenly-distributed load capacity). The 1.25" thick worksurface has a 180° rolled front edge and a 12” height adjustment. ESD options are also available.

Dimension 4 by IAC is available in a “basic” unit (with single-sided or double-sided configurations) that includes two uprights and two worksurface assemblies with 180° rolled front edges. The versatile system can be easily customized with workstation modules and accessories to create the efficient, productive station you need. Order the basic unit and then add footrests, shelves, worksurfaces, and ESD options for ergonomics and usability.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

The Social Rewind for September 14, 2015

Are you subscribed to multiple social media networks like we are? Do you find it difficult it to keep up with all of the updates from the people you follow? Do you feel like you’re missing a lot of good information?

“The Social Rewind,” is a weekly compilation of what we thought were the most interesting, funny, or informational social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows a variety of really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.

Leading off this week’s column: Zebra Technologies shared this Men’s Journal post about how the NFL is using RFID chips in the players’ shoulder pads to track every move they make on the field. Does this mean Roger Goodell is “Big Brother?”

Looks like America’s new space shuttle, Starliner, is right around the corner. ASSEMBLY posted about Boeing’s new factory at Kennedy Space Center, where they are working on the shuttle replacement.

Are you a junk food junkie? Laboratory Equipment magazine’s post suggests you may be able to blame your hippocampi.

These robot bands mentioned in Make: Magazine’s post are cool, but they need better band names. May we suggest: The Rolling Drones, Backstreet Bots, or perhaps Rage Against the Human?

Some of your favorite robot bands didn't make it in the last post and we listened. Check out the fan pick!

Posted by Make: Magazine on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Traditional cookies, modern production. 3D Printing Industry shared this post about how a Chinese 3D printing company is combining the traditional mooncakes with 3D printing.

And we close out this week’s column with our post about a new promo: Free Shipping on Vision Engineering Inspection Systems: Select Items, Limited Time.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We enjoy bringing you this weekly column and hope you liked reading the Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared your interesting posts with us.


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Friday, September 11, 2015

Free Shipping on Vision Engineering Inspection Systems: Select Items, Limited Time

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Get Atrix’ Lil’ Red HEPA Vacuum for Less Than $80

Save 38% off the MSRP on the Atrix Lil' Red Vacuum w/HEPA Filtration (AHSC-1) when you use our FPF091115 Coupon Code (auto applied). This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, September 11, 2015 through Sunday, September 13, 2015.

The Lil' Red Vacuum is lightweight, easy-to-operate, and features 3 stages of filtration. You’ll always know when the 2-quart HEPA filter bag is full via the unit’s indicator light. This 3-day limited-time offer is unlimited. Use the code as many times as you like while it is valid—and we encourage you to share the code with your friends and colleagues.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Social Rewind for September 8, 2015

Are you subscribed to multiple social media networks like we are? Do you find it difficult it to keep up with all of the updates from the people you follow? Do you feel like you’re missing a lot of good information?

“The Social Rewind,” is a weekly compilation of what we thought were the most interesting, funny, or informational social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows a variety of really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.

Leading off this week’s column: Tektronix shared this story about how MIT researchers created a new method for making beautiful 3D-printed glass, which will be shown at the Smithsonian Design Museum.

Do you snack at your work desk? Workrite Ergonomics’ post offers up the best 16 snacks to eat at your desk to boost your productivity throughout the day.

This NIST post examines how new contactless fingerprint technology provides faster and more hygenic ways to obtain fingerprints.

The touchless technology offers unprecedented speed and a hygienic alternative to conventional fingerprint readers.

Posted by National Institute of Standards and Technology on Thursday, September 3, 2015

We’ve heard that the new iPhone will be announced this month. After watching this Laughing Squid video, we’re wondering if it offers an ant repellant feature?

You have to check out the photos in this Mashable post to truly appreciate how crazy and violent auto polo must have been.

And we close out this week’s column with our post: Back By Popular Demand: Get Free Casters w/Select Bevco Chairs.

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We enjoy bringing you this weekly column and hope you liked reading the Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared your interesting posts with us.


If there's topic you'd like to see us write about please let us know. We'd also appreciate if you’d share our blog posts with your friends and colleagues and leave us your questions or comments, when applicable.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Get This Pro-Quality, Versatile IAC Workmaster Bench for Just $600: 3 Days Only

Save 23% off the MSRP on this IAC Workmaster ESD-Safe Sky Blue 36" D x 72" L Workbench (QS-1006013-D) when you use our FPF090415 Coupon Code. This Featured Product Friday (FPF) promo is valid from today, September 4, 2015 through Sunday, September 6, 2015.

This IAC Workmaster Workbench has a laminated over industrial-grade particle board (a full 1.25" thickness) adjustable-height worksurface with an adjustable leg extender kit and the capability of allowing 1,000 lb. distributed weight on the worksurface. While this is a 3-day limited-time offer, the coupon is unlimited. Use the code as many times as you like while it is valid—and please feel free to share the code with your friends and colleagues.

Each week, we promote our FPF selection on The Q Source Resource Blog, via our email newsletter, and via our social media accounts. We encourage our valued customers to subscribe to those resources and to visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo). Please help us spread the word about Featured Product Friday.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It’s Back! Our Free Casters w/Select Bevco Chairs Promo Makes a 2-Month Return

Back by popular demand…we’ve brought back our Bevco Ergonomic Seating FREE Casters promo for two more months. Today through October 31, 2015, you’ll get FREE dual-wheel, hard-floor standard casters w/the purchase of select Bevco 7000 Series Chairs. Our exclusive limited-time promo does not include casters for cleanroom or ESD-safe chairs, but there is no limit on the quantity of chairs you may order.

FREE-caster-eligible Bevco 7000 Series polyurethane chairs (available in a number of colors and height adjustments) provide long-lasting durability with scratch-resistant metal components and stain-/puncture-resistant material. These chairs are LEED-certified and have contoured seats and backs and ventilated ribs for support, comfort, increased air circulation and ease of cleanup. Meeting or exceeding ANSI/BIFMA standards, these high-quality chairs also feature a 12-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship, with lifetime warranty on the cylinder.

Please Note: FREE casters are automatically included with your order when you add an eligible chair to your cart.

Please visit QSource.com for further info about our FREE casters promo and to purchase your eligible Bevco chairs. You may also contact us by phone (800-966-6020), email, or via our Web site. While at QSource.com, don’t forget to check out our complete line of Bevco Ergonomic Seating products.

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