Electronics counterfeit mitigation

19 Jul 2024 - Defence

New Senate bill aims to ban U.S. agency purchases of counterfeit electronics

A new bipartisan bill has been introduced in the US Senate, aiming to enhance cybersecurity by limiting federal agencies' purchases of certain technological products to original manufacturers or authorised resellers.

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08 Jul 2024 - General

US Government Invests in Semiconductor Workforce to Combat Looming Talent Crisis, But Challenges Remain

In an ambitious effort to address a critical labour shortage that threatens to undermine domestic chip production, the Biden administration has launched a new workforce development programme funded by the 2022 CHIPS and Science Act. This initiative aims to train and develop a skilled workforce capable of supporting the burgeoning US semiconductor industry, which is […]

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05 Jul 2024 - General

US attracting ‘insane’ money into building chip manufacturing

The United States is witnessing an unprecedented surge in chip manufacturing construction, fueled by the Biden administration's CHIPS and Science Act. In 2024 alone, the government is set to invest as much in the sector as it did in the previous 27 years combined, a staggering figure highlighted by a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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05 Jun 2024 - Defence

Swindler faces jail for selling fakes to U.S. Defence

Steve H.S. Kim, a 63-year-old from Alameda County, California, has pleaded guilty to a scheme that defrauded the Department of Defense (DoD) by selling over $3.5 million worth of counterfeit and substandard fan assemblies. These components were intended for use in critical military systems, including nuclear submarines, aircraft laser systems, and surface-to-air missile systems.

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04 Jun 2024 - General

What is Taiwan’s Silicon Shield, and is it so tough?

Taiwan's dominance in the semiconductor industry, often referred to as its "Silicon Shield", is facing unprecedented challenges amidst escalating geopolitical tensions and a global race for technological self-sufficiency.

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31 May 2024 - Industrial

Supply chain reshuffle – politics, risks, and climate change

The once-lauded era of hyper-globalisation is facing a reckoning. Mounting geopolitical tensions, the escalating climate crisis, and shifting demographics are forcing businesses worldwide to reassess their reliance on sprawling, interconnected supply chains. A recent survey by Allianz Trade reveals that over half of the companies surveyed are contemplating relocating parts of their production networks due […]

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30 May 2024 - EV

China drives for auto chip self-sufficiency; targets 25% by 2025

China is accelerating its efforts to establish a self-sufficient semiconductor supply chain, particularly in the automotive sector. The Chinese government has reportedly instructed major domestic carmakers, including BYD, SAIC Motor, Dongfeng Motor, GAC Motor, and FAW Group, to increase their local chip procurement to 20-25% by 2025, according to Nikkei Asia and TrendForce. This ambitious goal represents a significant increase from the current 10% and is a key component of China's broader strategy to bolster its domestic semiconductor industry.

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22 May 2024 - General

TSMC accelerates global expansion with new European plant

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world's leading chipmaker, has confirmed its plans to begin construction on its first European chip plant in Dresden, Germany, in the fourth quarter of 2024, as announced at a conference in the Netherlands and reported by Reuters. The facility, known as European Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (ESMC), is a joint venture with Infineon, NXP, and Robert Bosch, with each holding a 10% stake, and is expected to commence production in 2027.

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17 May 2024 - General

Italy targets semiconductors with $10 billion investment push

Italy is gearing up for a major role in European semiconductor production with Industry Minister Adolfo Urso announcing plans to invest around €10 billion ($10.7 billion) in the sector this year.

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07 May 2024 - General

Kremlin ramps up sabotage efforts; electronics supply chains warned of threats

Western intelligence agencies are sounding the alarm over an intensified Russian campaign of sabotage and covert aggression across Europe. Assessments indicate a shift toward more direct and destructive attacks designed to disrupt critical infrastructure, potentially targeting those involved in military or Ukrainian aid.

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17 Apr 2024 - General

India’s semiconductor sector riding wave of global demand

India's semiconductor industry is experiencing a boom, with a recent wave of global investment focused on tapping into the country's skilled engineering workforce. As geopolitical tensions reshape supply chains, India's talent pool is positioned to become increasingly integral to the global chip industry.

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16 Apr 2024 - Defence

China’s complex trade with Russia fuels war effort

China's deepening trade relationship with Russia is proving a major lifeline for Moscow, allowing it to defy Western sanctions and rapidly rebuild its military capabilities following significant losses in Ukraine. US officials warn that China is supplying vital electronics components, drone technology, microchips, and materials crucial for Russia's weapons production, effectively undermining sanctions designed to cripple its war machine.

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12 Apr 2024 - Industrial

Korean chip output surges – largest for 14 years – as AI fuels demand

South Korea's semiconductor industry is roaring back to life. February saw a staggering 65.3% year-on-year increase in output – the most significant jump since 2009. This robust growth signals a resurgence in both the nation's key manufacturing sector and broader global tech demand.

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10 Apr 2024 - Industrial

Taiwan quake disrupts chip supply with likely impact on prices

Taiwan’s recent powerful earthquake continues to send ripples through the global electronics industry. Thankfully major chipmakers like TSMC have escaped the worst, production halts and disruptions will tighten the supply of key components like displays and semiconductors. Analysts warn this could lead to short-term price pressures, particularly in a market already facing tight inventories. The […]

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12 Mar 2024 - Defence

Japan considers UNICORN antenna export to India

Japan is set to further its security partnership with India by considering the export of cutting-edge naval communications antennas. The potential sale of the NORA-50 ‘UNICORN’ antenna would mark just the second export of Japanese defense equipment since restrictions were eased in 2014, demonstrating a significant shift in the country’s defence industry.

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28 Feb 2024 - Defence

Japan: Defence spending fuels rising economic hopes

Japan's recent stock market rally, while buoyed by foreign investment, offers a limited snapshot of the country's economic landscape. The reality is a complex interplay of positive and negative trends, leaving the nation's economic future delicately balanced.

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26 Feb 2024 - General

India’s WTO stance raises concerns for chip industry growth

Developing nations, including India, South Africa, and Indonesia, are expected to oppose extending the moratorium on applying duties on electronic transmissions which has been in place since 1988. The move is opposed by the US and Europe and has caused general alarm within the chip industry, with the World Semiconductor Council (WSC) urging India to reconsider its position.

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23 Feb 2024 - Maritime

Red Sea chaos throws global supply chains into disarray

The global electronics supply chain is facing its biggest challenge in years, with disruptions exceeding even those seen during the pandemic. Houthi militant attacks in the Red Sea are forcing major shipping companies to reroute vessels, causing delays, capacity drops, and impacting companies like Tesla and Volvo.

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19 Feb 2024 - Industrial

Chip giant TSMC doubles down on Japan with second factory

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world's leading chipmaker, is expanding its presence in Japan with plans to build a second factory. This move comes in response to surging demand and is part of a broader global push to fortify semiconductor supply chains.

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08 Feb 2024 - General

Japan’s semiconductor rebirth: chip fab boom in 2024

The electronics industry in Japan is poised for a significant boost with the anticipated mass production from several new chip fabrication facilities (fabs) across the country. This surge in domestic production is expected to bolster Japan's semiconductor supply chain and enhance its chip-making capabilities.

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05 Feb 2024 - Maritime

Red Sea crisis roils container shipping: businesses brace for impact

The escalating crisis in the Red Sea has sent shockwaves through the container shipping industry, causing prices and disruptions across global trade routes. This presents a significant challenge for electronics manufacturers and buyers who rely on efficient and timely deliveries.

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