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Detecting counterfeit electronics & materials – event announced

The Anti-Counterfeiting Forum will be co-hosting the Counterfeit Electronics and Materials Symposium at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry, UK, on 14-15 March 2023 alongside the U.S. electronics bodies, SMTA and CALCE. The event will focus on current...

Industrial sensor sales remain strong

Sales of semiconductor sensors are expected to continue to achieve double-digit YOY growth, driven by the popularity of smart embedded controls and rising sales prices due to semiconductor shortages, reports IC Insights. Tight supplies and shortages of sensors for...

Designers are adapting to the chip shortage

As OEMs continue to struggle to secure essential components, engineering teams are being asked to consider component sourcing when developing the next generation of their products, reports EPS News. A recent survey found a majority – 74 percent – of global companies...

IC market expected to rebound – IC Insights

The IC market is expected to rebound in 2Q23 after a short bottoming out, reports IC Insights. "Given that the IC industry has never registered a four-quarter sequential IC market decline, expectations are high for a return to IC market growth beginning in 2Q23....

China: Covid shutdowns and heatwave make it predictably unpredictable

Aug 23, 2022
Supply Chain trends

China’s evolving zero-Covid strategies are slowing down global supply chains, reports CNBC,

“At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, China’s strict “zero-Covid” policies managed to keep Covid-19 at bay. More than two years later, the country’s ongoing controls are weighing down its economy and stalling global supply chains.

Major trade hubs like Shanghai and Beijing, after responding to waves of omicron-driven infections, require workers to have negative Covid tests to enter public spaces. The demanding quarantine and testing rules have thwarted truckers on roads as well, driving up the amount of time it takes for goods to get to Chinese ports for export.

On top of the Covid lockdowns, the country is facing another major threat—and this one could be even worse for the economy.

China has been coping with its worst heat wave in 60 years this month, with temperatures in several provinces routinely reaching 40°C (104°F). But one key province is experiencing the worst financial repercussions from the suffocating heat.

“What supply chains thrive on is predictability,” reported CNBC. “And the only thing we can say about China at the moment is that for many businesses, they’re looking at China as being predictably unpredictable.”

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