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> ERA Quick Connections – January 2021, V1

January 2021, Volume 1

ERA’s Quick Connections is issued twice a month. ERA invites you to share recent newsworthy items and calendar dates with your fellow members at info@era.org.

Manufacturing Data Reports

Manufacturing data reports from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) are released at the beginning of every month and can be accessed at ISM. The latest report says economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in December, with the overall economy notching an eighth consecutive month of growth. Also, of the 18 manufacturing industries included in the report, the computer and electronic products sector was one of 16 industries reporting growth in December.

Industry News

Yearly notebook computer shipment surpassed 200 million units, registering 22.5 percent year-over-year growth for the first time ever, according to TrendForce. Global notebook shipments for 2021 are expected to reach 217 million units. The growth is driven by the stay-at-home economy brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Read more at Evertiq.

2021 will be a year of significant transition and innovation for the chip industry, according to Semiconductor Engineering. Unlike in years past, where sales of computers or smart phones were a good indication of how the chip industry would fare, end markets have both multiplied and splintered, increasing the number of technologies developed specifically for those markets. Read more at Semiconductor Engineering.

Electronics buyers could face longer lead times and some shortages in the first quarter of 2021, Electronics Sourcing reported. However, some in the supply chain say that supply and demand will “normalize” after the first quarter with no severe shortages for most parts. Read more at Electronics Sourcing.

Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $39.4 billion for the month of November 2020, an increase of 7 percent compared to the November 2019 total of $36.9 billion and 1.1 percent more than the October 2020 total of $39 billion, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported. Read more at SIA.

ERA News

The Spark Pro­fes­sion­al Devel­op­ment Pro­gram is designed to help up-and-com­ing professionals advance their careers in the elec­tron­ics com­po­nents indus­try. Tune in to ERA Talk’s 10th episode, to learn more about the history, program growth, curriculum and how to attend. This podcast features John O’Brien of Coakley, Boyd and Abbett, and a member of the Spark Planning Committee, and Jennifer Smith of JMS Synergy and the Spark Director. For details, visit ERA Talks.

Join ERA on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 4:00 p.m. EST, for the first Water Cooler session in 2021. The session topic “Supply Chain Challenges in the New Abnormal” will be facilitated by Walter Tobin, ERA CEO, and co-facilitators John Beaver, President at GSA Manufacturers Rep Firm; Robert Derringer, Director, Global Channel for Crouzet North America; and Mike Rankins, Director of Supply Chain for Digikey. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about alignment of the supply chain from the customer up to the manufacturer, challenges of external market forces in the accuracy of forecasts and automation tools (e.g., API) that help enable supply chain velocity. For details, visit Water Cooler.

ERA announced updates to the Chapters of the Year and COLT (Chapter Officers Leadership Training) programs. The new Chapters of the Year program is introducing new recognition categories — Education, Membership and Networking. ERA will be inviting chapters to nominate their member activities in the coming weeks. ERA also announces that the 2021 COLT Program is moving to a virtual platform and will be available free for any chapter members who wish to attend. For details, visit ERA News.

The 2021 ERA Virtual Conference is less than two months away. Register today and connect with industry peers at our first virtual event to experience:

• 3 days of live-stream, virtual education + live speaker Q&A
• 1-year, on-demand access to the full conference program
• 1:1 and group attendee-to-attendee and attendee-to-sponsor/exhibitor networking
• Polling, Q&A and social networking feeds
• Virtual exhibit/sponsor hall

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