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Has 2017 been the year of inflection for the electronics industry?

Last week, the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn) predicted that the UK & Ireland electronic component market will grow in the range 6.5%-to-10.5% in 2018, having grown by 17% in 2017. That suggests that the recovery in the manufacturing sector of the economy will remain strong.

According to the ECSN the UK is seeing the longest period of sustained growth since 2000 and is confident that the outlook for 2018 will remain very positive, especially in the ...

Predictions for the design industry in 2018

This year has proved to be another eventful one in the embedded systems space with far-reaching DDoS and ransomware attacks such as WannaCry; the onward advance of driverless cars, with greater uptake of trials around the world; and further mega-mergers in the semiconductor industry.

Tech friendly strategy rolled out, but will the electronics sector take advantage?

It's been a busy period when it comes to Government support for the UK's industrial sector. Hot on the heels of the Budget, which reinforced the value of technology research, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) rolled out its Industrial Strategy which, it said, provides a 'long-term vision for how Britain can build on its economic strengths, address its productivity performance, embrace technological change and boost the earning power of people across the UK'.

Will AWS manage to keep the spirit of FreeRTOS alive?

You could say that FreeRTOS is one of the biggest success stories you don’t hear much about. From its launch in 2003, the embedded RTOS has grown to be one of the most popular operating systems, with someone downloading the kernel on average every two minutes.

The return of the ‘A’ word?

Demand for semiconductors from companies in the UK and Ireland has grown by 30% over the past year, according to figures from the International Distribution of Electronics Association, or IDEA, with billings in Q3 of 2017 reaching £167million. And passives showed the same kind of increase in demand.

Could Brexit see design offshored – for good?

Manufacturing offshoring became almost fashionable a decade or so ago as companies looked to cut overheads. But many found that offshoring wasn’t as effective as they anticipated, particularly for those developing low volume, high cost products. Many of those companies who offshored have now brought their manufacturing back closer to home.

Government commits to R&D boost

The UK will see its biggest ever increase in research and development investment and a new fund to transform transport connections within city regions across the country according to the Prime Minister, Theresa May.

Brexit and UK Manufacturing?

Brexit negotiations continue to limp along with the European Parliament just casting their vote that there has been insufficient progress. And, things look a little bleak, with European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker stating that, “We cannot talk about the future without any real clarity.”

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