Industry News and Listening Posts

In today’s news-saturated and fast-paced world, it’s important to keep your fingers on the pulse of what’s going on in the industry, emerging technologies, mergers and acquisitions, numbers and trend reports. After all, “knowledge is power.” The more you know about what’s happening and what people are talking about, the better decisions you can make.

Here’s some recent news that’s sparking conversation across the web. Below, I’ve also listed some ways you can set up your own listening post to stay up-to-date on the information that matters to you most.

Mentor Graphics Corp. reported a smaller fiscal first-quarter loss Friday, May 29. Mentor lost $13 million, or 14 cents per share, for the period ending April 30. A year earlier, they reported a loss of $25.5 million, or 28 cents per share. The company’s revenue dropped by about $10 million, due to bankruptcies in the industry. (BusinessWeek)

Advanced Circuits, Inc., has acquired Circuit Board Express Inc. Circuit Board Express is a speed-to-market printed circuit board manufacturer located in Haverville, Mass. Advanced Circuits is also in the quick-to-market PCB business. (iConnect007)

The global recession has hit hardware startups recently. According to the New York Times, in the past few weeks several hardware companies closed their doors. Companies include MetaRam, SiCortex, Woven Systems and Quadrics. (New York Times)

April semiconductor sales increased month on month, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. Global sales of semiconductors rose to $15.6 billion in April, a 6.4 percent increase from March. However, sales in April were 25 percent lower than April 2008, when sales were $20.9 billion. (Semiconductor Industry Association)

Electronics manufacturing in Russia should hit $4.91 billion in 2015, according to a recent report from Frost & Sullivan. The Russian electronics manufacturing market earned $1.85 billion in revenues in 2015. (TMCnet.com)

Dell reported last week a 63 percent fall in net income in the first quarter, as a result of dwindling PC sales. Dell posted a net income of $290 million for the period ending May 1, which is down from the $784 million it reported in Q1 of last year. (Computerworld)

Set up a Listening Post
There are several tools on the web you can use to “listen” to what’s happening in the industry, what people are saying about your company and competitors, and to keep track of topics and issues that matter to you. Here are a few ideas for setting up a listening post.

1. Use Google tools. By using a Gmail account, Google Reader and Google Blogsearch, you can keep track of your company, your competitors and your interests. Follow these instructions from online marketing expert Chris Brogan to get set up.

2. Use Twitter tools. TweetGrid, an online browser-based Twitter search tool, enables you to track conversations involving your company, competitors and topics of interest. You can also use it to keep track of the people and groups you follow on Twitter. (Follow @IPCassociation for info and news from us!)

One Comment

  1. Posted June 1, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Another great resource is the new IPC supply chain tracker – available for free to IPC members and by subscription to nonmembers. The report includes market data from a variety of sources for different segments.

    One interesting new tool is the interactive spreadsheet where you can see your growth compared to the various industry segments. You can see a sample spreadsheet with real data here: http://files.ipc.org/supplychaingraph.xls. Sample pages from the most recent report are available at http://www.ipc.org/sct-sample. For more information, contact homupi@ipc.org or +1 847-597-2868


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