Industry Video News – May 2017

Fair weather at Southern Manufacturing 

The annual Southern Manufacturing show took place in Farnborough in the UK this week. 800 exhibitors from international and UK companies were exhibiting equipment such as inspection equipment, placement machines, manual and selective soldering technology as well as contract manufacturers and distributors.

Jabil closes Livingston, Scotland plant

The BBC has reported that US contract manufacturer Jabil is planning to close it’s operation in Livingstone, Scotland by the end of this year in a phased run down with a loss of 260 jobs. A 100 support staff will continue to work at the base.

The closure is due to a strategic review in which the operation on the site was deemed unsustainable. Jabil’s plant in Ayr is said not to be impacted by the closure.

SEC suspends reporting on conflict minerals

This week the news that the European Union Council has voted to adopt a regulation in regards to the sourcing of conflict minerals in high risk zones is being supported by the IPC

The regulation was approved in March and will come into effect in 2021 and will require supply chain due diligence self-certification of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold in which the Origen is an area affected by conflict, John Mitchell, CEO of IPC which is a leading electronics trade association released a statement saying that the IPC is looking forward to contributing to the work of the European commission on the various guidelines and other supportive documents for companies covered by the regulation. IPC will continue to advocate for regulation on conflict minerals whilst limiting disruption on the minerals trade.

European consortium launch new machine-to-machine standard

Leading suppliers of electronics manufacturing equipment assembled in Munich and agreed a non-proprietary “Hermes Standard for vendor-independent machine-to-machine communication in SMT assembly” The TCP/IP- and XML-based protocol makes it possible for the first time to transport circuit boards with full traceability with no loss of data. The standard is meant to provide greater transparency and save time and money when building SMT assembly lines.

The initiative was proposed by ASM assembly Systems and ASYS to replace the obsolete SMEMA standard with a new communication interface and was welcomed by most leading SMT equipment manufacturers.

EMS top 50 surpass $270 billion

Manufacturing Market Insider, a newsletter specializing in the EMS (Electronics Manufacturing Services) industry, has released its annual MMI Top 50TM list of the world’s largest EMS providers. In 2015, Top 50 sales reached a new high of $273 billion – more than $8 billion greater than in 2014.

Top 50 sales grew by 3.2% last year, a modest growth rate for the top 50 as a whole. Company growth rates in revenue ranged from 274+ percent to -31 percent with the majority exhibiting positive numbers.

Making the Top 50 for 2015 was more difficult than the year before. MMI Top 50 providers were ranked based on 2015 sales in U.S. dollars. In order, the top ten were Hon Hai, Pegatron, Flextronics, Jabil, Sanmina, Celestica, New Kinpo Group, Wistron, Universal Scientific Industrial and Plexus Corp.

In addition to ranking providers by 2015 sales, the MMI Top 50 listings include previous year’s sales growth and rank, number of employees, number of plants, facility production capacity, number of SMT lines and leading customers. This special survey was published in the March 2016 edition of MMI.

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