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New Electronics interviews some of the industry's most high profile and influential figures.

A great time to be a customer: Interview with Digi-Key's Mark Larson

It’s not usual for a leading executive of any company to be in the same position for 39 years; in fact, that degree of longevity is probably unmatched by anyone in the electronics industry.

But Mark Larson’s tenure as president and chief operating officer of components distributor Digi-Key came to an end in June 2015, when he transitioned to vice chairman and a corporate advisory role. During his 39 years at the helm, he grew Digi-Key from a company with annual ...

Interesting times: Interview with Enrico Salvatori, president of Qualcomm Europe

It has certainly been an interesting year for chip giant Qualcomm. Revenues are down and, under pressure from New York hedge fund Jana Partners, the company, which generates revenues in excess of $100billion per year, has had to unveil a strategic realignment plan that focuses the business on lower tier smartphones, small cells, data centres and the Internet of Things. It has also had to shed 4500 jobs.

Supporting IoT start-ups

Recent statistics suggest that the UK is still reluctant to invest in R&D but when it comes to investing in start-ups it remains a European hotspot, attracting almost a third of the $3billion in funding the European market receives each quarter.

Planning for the future

The worldwide automotive industry continues to enjoy a period of relatively strong growth and profitability. Annual sales are finally hitting prerecession levels in many regions but, according to industry executives, the global automotive market remains an uneven one and growing economic uncertainty means that the next few years will likely see significant changes for both OEMs and their suppliers.

The future is bright - an interview with James Bell

Having started his electronics career in his native South Africa, James Bell spent 15 years with Premier Farnell in senior management positions, managing the business in the Netherlands, Southern Europe and the UK, before joining Rapid Electronics in 2010 as its head of sales. At the time, he described his appointment as an ‘exciting opportunity’.

PXI offers a more flexible approach to test management

More than 18 years ago, the PXI Systems Alliance was established in order to ensure the PXI standard for modular instrumentation remained at the forefront of the technology and that new developments met the requirements of customers in terms of performance, interoperability and cost effectiveness.

The changing world of high reliability interconnection

This time last year Smiths Group was celebrating 100 years as a listed company on the London Stock Exchange. It had begun life in Victorian London as a family jeweller and clock maker but over the intervening years has grown to become a major industrial operation employing over 23,000 people around the world.

Continuing to evolve

Just a few months after the end of World War II, Wilhelm and Marie Harting established Harting in September 1945. The company, called ‘Wilhelm Harting Mechanische Werkstätten’, worked out of a small hall, a repair workshop, measuring no more than 100m2 in Minden.

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