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Red Sea Shipping Diversions: Effects on Global Supply Chains

Recent developments in global shipping have raised significant concerns for supply chains worldwide. The strategic Red Sea route, once bustling with commercial traffic, is now seeing a marked decrease in activity.

The cause? A series of attacks by Houthi rebels in Yemen on commercial vessels, particularly targeting those associated with or heading towards Israel. This stance has led to major shipping companies, including industry giants like MSC and Maersk, rerouting their vessels to avoid the area.

On the 33rd day of escalating tensions, the crisis is not only intensifying but also expanding in terms of both geographical reach and the variety of targets being attacked.

What is Happening?

The Houthis have escalated their use of drones and rockets against vessels in the Bab al-Mandab strait. This crucial channel, only 20 miles wide, connects the Red Sea to the Suez Canal, a vital link between Europe and Asia. The heightened risk has prompted shipping firms to opt for a safer, albeit significantly longer, route around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope.

The Global Impact

This shift in shipping routes is more than a geographical detour; it is a disruption of a critical artery in global trade. The Suez Canal handles a significant portion of global trade. The longer journey not only increases shipping times by at least 10 days, but also incurs substantial additional costs for companies.

The Impact on the Electronic Components Sector

The electronic components industry, reliant on precise and efficient logistics, faces unique challenges due to these disruptions. While high-value electronics often travel by air, a vast majority of components, raw materials, and bulk parts depend on sea transport. The Red Sea route, especially favoured for shipments from Asia to Europe, is now compromised.

This shift could mean delayed deliveries and increased costs for materials essential for production, like cobalt, nickel, graphite, and lithium, as well as electronic components from Asian-based manufacturers.

Broader Ramifications

The situation has broader economic implications too. Egypt’s Suez Canal, a significant revenue generator, is offering discounts to retain its clientele. The Panama Canal might see increased traffic, potentially leading to congestion and further delays. These changes underscore the vulnerability of global trade networks and the need for diversified, resilient supply chains.

Looking Ahead

The recent events in the Red Sea highlight a critical aspect of global trade and supply chains: their interconnectedness and susceptibility to geopolitical events.

As the conflict evolves, Cyclops Electronics will continue to monitor the situation and offer strategic guidance, ensuring that our customers can navigate this crisis with minimal impact to their operations.
Our proactive approach and dedication to customer service make us a trusted partner in these uncertain times, helping your business stay ahead of potential supply chain challenges.

Get in touch today on +44 1904 415 415 or email sales@cyclops-electronics.com to discuss how we can support and safeguard your electronic component procurement strategy.

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Japan Earthquake: Assessing the Impact on Electronic Component Supply Chains

The recent earthquake in Japan’s Noto Peninsula has sent tremors through the global electronics industry, causing temporary shutdowns and raising concerns about potential disruptions in the supply chain.

Electronic components produced within 80 kilometres (High Impact Area) face the highest potential for disruption, while those further away are progressively less likely to be affected.

Manufacturers in the High Impact Grade Zone

This 80-kilometer zone encompasses several major companies whose operations could be directly affected.

  • Murata (Fixed Inductors / EMI Products)
  • Kemet (Tantalum Capacitors)
  • KOA Speer (Chip Resistors)
  • SUSUMU (Chip Resistors)

Evaluating the Ripple Effect

While the earthquake’s magnitude didn’t reach catastrophic levels, its epicentre near Ishikawa Prefecture placed several crucial wafer, MLCC, and semiconductor fabs under temporary pause for inspection. This includes industry giants like Shin-Etsu, GlobalWafers, and TAIYO YUDEN.

Although no major damage has been reported yet, the potential for production delays and component shortages has sent ripples through the supply chain. At Cyclops Electronics, we are closely monitoring the situation and actively working to minimise any potential impact to our customers.

Overcoming Allocation Challenges and Obsolescence

In an industry where allocation challenges and obsolescence are common hurdles, Cyclops Electronics stands out by offering swift and reliable solutions. Our expertise in sourcing electronic components that are difficult to find or obsolete ensures that your projects are never stalled due to supply chain disruptions.

Keeping the Production Lines Running

We understand the criticality of uninterrupted supply chains for our customers. As a global electronic component distributor specialising in shortage and hard-to-find electronic parts, we have the flexibility and experience to navigate turbulent markets.

While the Japanese earthquake’s overall impact on the semiconductor industry is likely to be minimal, this situation underscores the importance of a reliable partner who can navigate disruptions and ensure business continuity.

At Cyclops Electronics, we are committed to supporting our customers through challenging periods. Get in touch today on +44 1904 415 415 or email sales@cyclops-electronics.com to discuss how we can support and safeguard your electronic component procurement strategy.

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New Year’s Resolutions: Overcoming the Same Old Challenges with Flexible Solutions

Happy New Year! As we step into another year of innovation and challenges, one question remains persistent for purchasing professionals: How do you effectively structure the buying process for those complex, unique projects?

The answer lies in flexibility and customisation, two principles at the heart of Cyclops Electronics’ approach to electronic component distribution.

Bespoke Buying: Tailored to Your Unique Needs

At Cyclops Electronics, we recognise that one size does not fit all in the world of electronic component procurement. That is why we offer bespoke buying options, specifically designed to cater to your unique requirements. Whether it is non-standard ordering quantities, specific delivery schedules, or unique contract terms, our team is equipped to build a procurement plan that aligns perfectly with your project’s demands.

Understanding the importance of timely component delivery, we offer scheduled ordering services. This service allows you to plan your electronic component needs in advance and schedule deliveries according to your project timelines. Whether it is a phased delivery over several months or timed to match project milestones, our scheduled ordering service ensures you have the right components at the right time, avoiding any project delays.

Global Reach, Local Service

As a global distributor specialising in hard-to-find, allocation, and obsolete electronic components, our network spans the globe, but our service remains personalised and attentive. We combine a comprehensive understanding of the local needs with the vast capabilities of our international network and extensive inventory of electronic components.

Overcoming Allocation Challenges and Obsolescence

In an industry where allocation challenges and obsolescence are common hurdles, Cyclops Electronics stands out by offering swift and reliable solutions. Our expertise in sourcing electronic components that are difficult to find or obsolete ensures that your projects are never stalled due to supply chain disruptions.

Quality Assurance and Dependable Delivery

Quality is non-negotiable in the electronic components industry. Our rigorous quality assurance processes ensure that every component we supply meets the highest standards. Coupled with our commitment to on-time delivery, we ensure a procurement process that is not just efficient but also reliable.

Partnering with Procurement Specialists and Engineering Teams

Our focus extends beyond just supplying components. We aim to be a strategic partner to procurement specialists and engineering teams, empowering them to drive growth and innovation. By handling the complexities of component sourcing, we enable these teams to focus on what they do best – creating and innovating.

As we embrace the challenges of the new year, let Cyclops Electronics simplify your electronic component procurement. Our bespoke buying options, global reach, and unwavering commitment to quality and reliability make us the ideal partner for your procurement needs.

Ready to discuss your unique procurement needs? Contact Cyclops Electronics today, and let’s tailor a solution that propels your projects forward in 2024. 

Remember, at Cyclops Electronics, we strive to forge enduring partnerships, not merely transactions.

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Unboxing the mystery of blacked-out labels on electronic parts

Have you ever encountered electronic component’s boxes with blacked out labels? This phenomenon, often seen in the electronics industry, can raise questions and concerns about the origin and quality of the components.

In this blog post, we’ll explain the origins of this practice, the reasons why labels are sometimes obscured, and how we ensure the quality of the electronics components that we supply regardless.

Asia's Electronic Edge

Asian manufacturers have been leading the electronic component market for decades. Countries such as; China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, have firmly established the global epicentre for electronic component production. These manufacturers excel in producing a wide range of electronic components, including semiconductors, microchips, displays, and other crucial parts used in various electronic devices. 

Factors contributing to their dominance include technological innovation, economies of scale, a highly skilled labour force, and significant investments in research and development. Their ability to produce high-quality components at competitive prices has made them valuable to the global electronics industry.

The supply chain of electronic components originating from Asia is intricate and dynamic. The path of electronic components from production to users through the open market is not always simple. Many players, like OEMs and independent distributors, contribute to the complexity of the supply chain.

Why do labels end up blacked out?

In this global network, electronic components travel from factories to users through a complex system. When receiving components from independent distributors, you might notice blacked-out labels on factory boxes. Notably, the majority of obscured factory labels visible on these boxes often trace back to the Asian market. The various factors that lead manufacturers or suppliers to black out labels are numerous;

Fraud Prevention

One significant reason for blacking out labels is to minimise the opportunity for counterfeiters to utilise ‘genuine’ data. In some cases, counterfeiters may use the visible label to falsely market unoriginal items, wrongfully offering their own product as genuine. By hiding specific information on the label, distributors aim to block or limit the amount of information counterfeiters can use or have access to.

Source Confidentiality

Another reason for the practice is to protect sources and suppliers, especially when selling rare or highly desired parts. In the electronics industry, distributors often find themselves in possession of valuable, hard-to-find components. By blacking-out specific label information, these distributors can guard the identities of their sources and suppliers. This measure protects the confidentiality of their supply chain relationships, allowing them to continue sourcing components.

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A reel of electronic components with blacked-out locked codes.

Trade Agreement Limitations

Regional trading agreements set certain limitations that affect how distributors operate. These agreements limit trading beyond a specific area. However, they provide benefits and better conditions for those who stay within the designated region. In response to these limitations, some distributors choose to blackout labels on their products. By doing this, they can sell outside their region while keeping favourable terms.

Safeguarding Excellence: Cyclops Electronics' Expertise in Quality Assurance

While blacked-out labels may not necessarily indicate any issues for concern, at Cyclops Electronics we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of quality and authenticity of every component.  

Upon arrival at the Cyclops warehouse, all incoming goods undergo an in-depth inspection process. We examine each component based on its type, age, supply chain, and specific customer requirements. We conduct important checks, including extensive verification and RoHS compliance.

Our experienced quality control team perform high-resolution optical inspections and secondary checks, with testing continuing based on results. We work closely with third-party accredited test houses that are local to the supply chain. This allows us to offer our customers quick service and testing packages designed to fit their specific needs.

Get in touch for help sourcing hard-to-find electronic components, backed by Cyclops Electronics’ unwavering commitment to quality.

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The Importance of Quality Control in Electronic Component Sourcing

Electronic components are pivotal in ensuring the performance, safety and reliability of end products. A proactive quality control system and processes in electronic component sourcing play a critical role, guarding against substandard, counterfeit or unreliable components entering the supply chain.

Quality control is particularly important when working with independent electronic component distributors. These suppliers can prove extremely useful when sourcing obsolete, long lead time and shortage electronic parts. Closely investigating their quality processes, paying particular attention to counterfeit mitigation, looking carefully at their accreditations and customer reviews will all prove to be time well spent.

In this article we explore the importance of working with electronic component suppliers that implement the right inspection and testing, adhere to key regulations, and follow a thorough vendor selection process.

The most common quality control issues for electronics

As the quality of electronic components directly influences the performance and reliability of the end products they are integrated into, inferior or counterfeit components can lead to severe consequences – resulting in anything from inconvenience to catastrophe.

Supply quality control minimizes the risk of defective, flawed or inconsistent electronic components. It is the foundation upon which we build trust in technology, one that assures us that our electronic devices will perform as expected and do so reliably over time. This is why Cyclops Electronics has integrated quality control and risk management through all our operational processes, making quality our top priority.

There are a range of common concerns when sourcing electronic parts from an independent supplier. These concerns can be identified and dealt with by the supplier’s quality control system. They generally come under three classifications:

  1. Counterfeit Components: Counterfeit components infiltrating the supply chain are a grave concern. These components mimic authentic ones in appearance but lack the necessary quality and reliability standards.
  2. Remarked Components: Recovered or refurbished parts can be renovated in an effort to restore them to a ‘like-new’ condition. This process usually involves resurfacing and remarking the parts with the object of making them pass as new components.
  3. Substandard Components: Components that may have been stored incorrectly leading to damaged pins, poor visual appearance, ESD or moisture sensitivity issues, oxidisation, and failure to solder correctly.

Donna Sykes, QA Manager at Cyclops Electronics, explained:

“Poor quality components can have a profound ripple effect on an electrical product, from performance issues to safety concerns. Beyond that, it is the reputation of your business that is at stake, as it is not just the components that lose trust, but the entire brand – this is something we are determined to avoid for all concerned.”

The core pillars of quality control

In order to uphold the integrity of the supply chain and ensure the quality of end products, we observe two key pillars of quality control to ensure the quality of your components: component inspection and testing, and on-going supplier assessment.

Supplier assessments involve the systematic and on-going evaluation of suppliers. When we assess a supplier’s ability to consistently meet quality standards, we consider factors like their own quality management systems, accreditations, trade references and ERAI checks for any alerts, issues or disputes. This helps Cyclops Electronics select reputable suppliers, build trust and mitigate any risks associated with substandard or counterfeit components.

Component inspection entails our own in-house evaluations of all incoming electronic components. Our component inspection process, developed over 30 years, includes visual inspections, dimensional checks, and resurfacing, acetone and scrape testing among others. When required, we will submit the components to additional external testing through our third-party accredited test hoses, including advanced technologies like X-ray analysis to uncover hidden defects. Discover more about the quality control processes we undertake at Cyclops.

How supplier assessment affects electronic component quality

It is not just the testing and inspection process that provides quality control adherence, but also the selection and management of vendors in the global supply of electronic components. By diligently evaluating and selecting reputable suppliers, we mitigate supply chain risks, ensure regulatory compliance, and ultimately deliver high-quality electronic products to our customers.

A comprehensive and reliable supplier assessment process is the cornerstone of a successful electronic operation, fostering long-term partnerships and driving overall business growth.

Key aspects of our supplier assessment include:

Supplier Qualification: During the assessment process, various factors are considered to qualify suppliers. These factors may include the supplier’s reputation, financial stability, certifications, quality management systems, and adherence to industry standards.

Quality Control Systems: Assessing a supplier’s quality control systems provides insight into their ability to consistently produce high-quality components. This evaluation may involve examining their processes, testing procedures, inspection methods, and traceability systems to ensure adherence to quality standards.

Past Performance and Track Record: Evaluating a supplier’s past performance is crucial to determine their reliability and consistency. This assessment may involve reviewing their history of delivering defect-free components, responsiveness to quality issues, and their commitment to continuous improvement.

Vendor Grading System: Cyclops’s approved vendor list, consisting of over 2,000 suppliers, is supported by a robust vendor grading system, which is visible to all buyers within the company. Continual monitoring and reviewing of supplier status is conducted by our purchasing teams using documented criteria and gradings amended accordingly. An annual supplier review is also conducted, and where necessary, results fed back to key suppliers.

Important electronic industry standards to adhere to

Compliance with industry-specific quality standards and regulations is more than a checklist requirement; it is an investment in reliability, safety and ethical responsibility. These standards are gatekeepers that guarantee the quality and integrity of electronic components supplier, contributing to the overall success and reputation of businesses like ours.

At Cyclops, we focus on the following key standards integral to electronic component supply:

ISO 9001: ISO 9001 is one of the most recognized quality management standards globally. It outlines requirements for quality management systems, emphasizing process control, customer satisfaction and continuous improvement. Cyclops Electronics has held ISO 9001 accreditation since 1996, successfully transitioning to the latest standard, ISO9001:2015 in March 2018.

RoHS, REACH, and WEEE: Environmental stewardship is critical in electronic component sourcing. The RoHS directive, REACH regulation, and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive are key legislative frameworks that guide the industry. RoHS and REACH limit the use of certain hazardous substances, while WEEE focuses on the responsible disposal and recycling of electronics. Compliance ensures that electronic components are not only safe and sustainable but also that end-of-life electronics are managed in an environmentally sound manner. This approach minimizes the ecological footprint of electronic components and promotes the health and safety of both the planet and its inhabitants. Cyclops Electronics’ adherence to these standards demonstrates our dedication to environmental responsibility and ethical business practices.

Conflict Minerals: In the realm of electronic component sourcing, the issue of conflict minerals — typically tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold (3TG) sourced from regions embroiled in armed conflict — is of paramount concern. Cyclops Electronics is committed to ethical sourcing practices and adheres to regulations that discourage the use of conflict minerals. We ensure our supply chain is transparent and free from materials that could finance armed groups, aligning with initiatives like the Dodd-Frank Act. Our stance on conflict minerals reinforces the integrity of our products and the value we place on human rights and corporate responsibility.

JOSCAR (Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register): This register is essential in aerospace, defence and security sectors. It is a standardized supplier accreditation system that ensures the highest level of quality, reliability, and compliance with industry standards. Cyclops has been JOSCAR registered since 2016, which demonstrates our commitment to stringent quality control and ethical sourcing practices.

ERAI Membership: Cyclops Electronics takes pride in being a member of ERAI (Electronic Resellers Association International), a respected global information services organization that plays a vital role in the electronics supply chain. As a member, we gain access to crucial information that helps us mitigate the risks of counterfeit and substandard electronic components. Leveraging ERAI’s resources, we ensure that our practices are aligned with the best in the industry, sourcing electronic components with precision and ethical consideration.

Final takeaway

As we navigate this ever-changing technological landscape, the message is clear: quality control is not just an option, it is an imperative. It is an investment from us to the long-term success of your business, the safety of your customers, and the reputation of your brand.

That is why we prioritise our Quality Management Systems and make a promise to our stakeholders to ensure that every component we source contributes to a brighter, safer future.

Through a multifaceted approach, including component inspection, testing, supplier assessment and adherence to industry-specific quality standards, we safeguard our sourcing and our customers’ supply chain and brand reputation.

Additional Reading

If you have a particular interest in investigating the regulations or latest updates behind quality control technologies in the electronics industry, you might find some of the following organisations useful in this regard:

IPC – the association connecting the electronics industry that provide access to training and resources.

Quality Magazine – publishes articles and resources related to quality control, including electronic component testing.

Electronic Design – offers articles and insights on quality and reliability in the electronics industry.

EDN Network – provides articles and insights on quality and reliability in electronic component sourcing and manufacturing.

 

Of course, you can always find further reading on Cyclops Electronics’ own blog, or contact us to ask a specific question about our methods and practices regarding quality control.

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JOSCAR Registered Supplier – Why does it matter?

JOSCAR, which stands for the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register, is a collaborative initiative used by leading aerospace, defence and security manufacturers to streamline supplier qualification and enhance the efficiency of their supply chains.

This risk management tool assesses potential vendor risks across relevant areas of compliance, allowing buyers to reduce the time, cost and duplication needed to provide this information. Participating buying organisations include Babcock, BAE Systems, Boeing, Leonardo, Rolls Royce and the UK Ministry of Defence.

Our JOSCAR journey

Cyclops Electronics joined JOSCAR in 2016, after being invited by one of our valued customers part of the JOSCAR participating organisations.

To achieve the JOSCAR registration, Cyclops Electronics underwent a thorough evaluation process, which includes assessments of our capabilities, competence and compliance with industry regulations. The assessment areas include quality, health and safety, counterfeit mitigation, environment and sustainability, import/export, business continuity, and licences and sanctions, just to name a few.

By being JOSCAR registered for over 7 consecutive years, we demonstrate our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of quality, reliability and integrity in all our operations. This registration provides assurance to our customers and prospects that we meet stringent criteria and have been deemed a trusted and reliable supplier.

Why should your independent electronic components supplier be JOSCAR registered?

Overall, selecting a JOSCAR registered supplier helps ensure that your organisation receives high-quality, compliant and reliable electronic components, while minimising risks and maintaining the integrity of your supply chain.

Enhanced supplier evaluation

JOSCAR registration indicates that the supplier has undergone a robust evaluation process, including assessments of their financial stability, quality management systems and adherence to industry standards.

Supply chain resilience

Being JOSCAR registered demonstrates that the supplier has put in place measures to effectively manage risks and disruptions in the supply chain. This includes having contingency plans, business continuity strategies and risk mitigation procedures, which are crucial for maintaining the continuity of supply in critical industries.

Compliance with regulatory standards

JOSCAR registration signifies that the supplier complies with relevant regulatory standards, such as cybersecurity regulations, export controls and counterfeit mitigation. It ensures that the electronic components provided by the supplier meet the necessary quality and regulatory requirements.

Cost and time efficiency

By choosing a JOSCAR registered supplier, you can streamline your procurement process. JOSCAR simplifies supplier selection and qualification, saving time and effort in conducting extensive due diligence. It also reduces the risk of working with unverified or unreliable suppliers, which can potentially lead to costly delays, rejections or non-compliance issues.

Industry collaboration and trust

JOSCAR registration fosters collaboration and trust within the aerospace, defence, and security industries. It promotes a network of approved suppliers that have been vetted and approved by industry leaders, increasing your confidence in their reliability and integrity.

Cyclops Electronics’ JOSCAR registration signifies our strong commitment to excellence and our ability to meet the specific requirements of the aerospace, defence and security sectors.

Contact us today for more information on any of the services we provide. Alternatively, you can enter the part number you are looking for into the box below to search directly.

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The importance of choosing the right independent electronic component supplier

How independent electronic suppliers operate?

Independent electronic component suppliers occupy a particularly useful area of the market because they are generally free of any ties to a particular manufacturer or brand. This offers impartiality and flexibility of approach in finding the right parts for you. 

If you are seeking a part that is obsolete, is subject to long lead times or is in particularly short supply, it will be an independent supplier with the answer to those problems.

Electronic Components

Before embarking on a new supplier relationship, it is important to do the research first. Closely investigating quality processes, paying particular attention to counterfeit mitigation, looking carefully at the awarded accreditations and customer reviews will all prove to be time well spent.

With a few, well selected independent suppliers in your back pocket, you will be well placed to weather any market conditions.

Benefits of working with an independent supplier

Broad component availability

To maximise your chances of finding stock, you need to find a supplier with wide reach and ideally with stockholding too.

A good supplier will have their own global network of tried and tested suppliers and brokers each with their own stocklists to tap into. This gateway to vast supply networks will exponentially widen your search to yield the strongest possible results. When combined with your supplier’s own stock, it is a recipe for success.

Try to be open minded, there is plenty of new and original stock sitting all over the world ready to be put to use. Manufacturers often sell off their excess stock and this stock can have full traceability, be in its original packaging and prove extremely useful during periods of scarcity.

Competitive pricing and flexibility

When exploring the possibility of using an independent supplier, it is worth looking at their services. A supplier offering any kind of scheduled ordering service will allow you to be organised in your forward planning as well as locking in prices. 

 

For example, when you use Cyclops Electronics scheduled ordering services, you are able to plan your orders up to 1-year in advance as well as using fixed prices. This can be extremely useful to avoid any potential shortages that may occur in the future, as well as any unexpected price rises. Using this service also means that you are able to free up more warehouse space without having to purchase a full years order in bulk at once, giving you that added flexibility with orders.

Personalised customer support

One of the major positives of dealing with an independent supplier is the personal touch, in the sense that your supplier will get to understand your purchasing portfolio. This enables your Account Manager to be an extra set of eyes and ears. Offering up news, insight and updates can be a huge benefit which in turn allows you to put this market insight to full use and make informed judgements. The time savings achieved by outsourcing these activities can be significant.

Supply chain rigours

Supply chain strength, breadth and rigour is not something to be short cut nor can it be bought or manufactured. There is no replacement for years of organic supply chain intelligence. Does your supplier grade all of its suppliers and act accordingly with regards to testing and inspections?

As one of the largest independent stocking distributors of electronic components and over 30 years of market experience, chances are that you won’t need to look further than Cyclops Electronics to find the components you need. Specialising in hard to find and obsolete components, you can even use our scheduled ordering service to secure large amount of stock in advance at the best price and have it delivered throughout the year – saving you both money and warehouse space.

Contact us today for more information on any of the services we provide. Alternatively, you can enter the part number you are looking for into the box below to search directly.

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Debunking post-Brexit myths

Buying electronic components from the UK

Here is a fact, Cyclops Electronics holds one of the largest independent stock holdings of electronic components in Europe. We can be your secret weapon for sourcing shortage, allocation, hard to find and obsolete electronic components.

We know that Brexit has caused concern for some when it comes to working with UK-based businesses. Let us show you why choosing Cyclops Electronics as your preferred partner is the right decision for your business.

  • Over 630 companies across Europe, including some of the largest OEMs, regularly rely on Cyclops Electronics for sourcing and supplying high-quality electronic components.
  • 95% of all the stock we supply is free of import duty (UK to the European Union).
  • If by chance you order one of the minority parts that attracts a tariff, we will tell you at quote/order stage.
  • Cyclops Electronics are still providing next day delivery to mainland Europe.
  • The UK has been actively negotiating trade agreements worldwide since Brexit. This includes agreements with countries in Asia and North America, giving your business exclusive gateway access to these opportunities via Cyclops Electronics.
  • British products and services are known for their quality and professionalism. Whether it’s technology, manufacturing or service sectors, your components are going to be checked to the highest quality standards at our facility in the UK.
  • We are accredited by JOSCAR, used by the aerospace, defence and security industry to act as a single source for supplier pre-qualification and compliance information.

The Cyclops Group is a worldwide company and an arm of our Group is based within the very heart of Europe, in Brussels. From this base we ship daily to customers relying on us for on-time delivery and high quality components.

Aside from the practicalities, our European customer base is right at the centre of our business. Our team members represent almost every country of mainland Europe with a wide array of European languages spoken.

Trust us to be your go-to source for electronic components and let us help your supply chain running smoothly – and it is going to be a much simpler order fulfilment than you may have anticipated.

Save us for when you need us

You may not need us right now, but we’re always here to help with any shortage and hard to find electronic components. Our website has a handy component search tool that you can bookmark by clicking on the star icon for easy access later on.

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Korea Japan trade relations

Chipmaker material suppliers in Korea have been earning
more from domestic semiconductor companies who have been looking for local suppliers.

Domestic supply

Since export restrictions were put in place by their
neighbours, Korean chipmakers like Samsung Electronics have been using local suppliers. This has led to suppliers in Korea more than doubling their earnings in the last four years.

Japan’s restrictions affected areas including photoresist
chemicals and hydrogen fluoride used in chip manufacture. Fluorinated polyamide for organic light-emitting displays was also affected.

The restrictions were first changed back in mid-2019, and
since then 16 Korean materials companies saw combined sales grow by approximately $15 billion between 2018 and 2022.

The affect

Korea Semiconductor Industry Association VP and COO, Ahn Ki-hyun, said Korean companies weren’t damaged by the restrictions. He said, however, the restrictions may have impacted Japanese companies attempting to export to South Korea.

One of the toughest materials to re-source was hydrogen
fluoride gas, used for etching in display production. Much of this has been replaced since 2018 to lower-purity gas produced in Korea.

Despite some of the restrictions now being lifted, the
domestic suppliers that have been adopted may stay for good.

Recent relations

Just last month the two countries came together and agreed
to lift many of the restrictions. Korea has continued to promote using domestic suppliers even if restrictions are eased.

In general the chip industry has not changed much, other
supplies and exports between the countries have stayed the same. In light of the changes it will be interesting to see how the Asian chip market now develops.

The US Chips Act will also affect these new business
relationships. Market shares might change, and only time will tell how the industry will shift as a whole.

Global presence

 

Cyclops Electronics supplies to countries and partners all
over the world. We pride ourselves on our accessibility and level of customer service. If you’re struggling to find electronic components or reliable distributors, contact Cyclops today and see first-hand how a good business
partnership can benefit you. Email us at sales@cyclops-electronics.com, or call us on +44 (0) 1904 415 415. 

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What is computational lithography?

Computational lithography is a process that could speed up the chip design time.

There are many things that need to be considered when designing or manufacturing a semiconductor. In the early stages the chip’s design will have to be developed – a process that could take considerable time.

As chips get smaller and more powerful, the complexity increases. This means more advanced manufacturing methods have to be considered, sooner rather than later.

Photo lithography

The photo lithography process is when the semiconductor design is etched onto the wafer. It uses a series of light and radiation exposures to etch the semiconductor design onto the substrate wafer. During this process the wafer can be deformed because of the physical and chemical effects.

There’s more and more need for high accuracy in the etching process. There also ideally should be a way to predict or negate any errors caused in the etching. The errors can come from diffraction, the resist used, and a number of other things.

Computational lithography

Computational lithography is a method of simulating chip lithography. It uses algorithms representing the manufacturing process, gathered from test wafers and machines. By running chip designs through a computer the resolution of the pattern can be increased.

This is becoming more essential as chip designs become smaller and higher resolution designs are needed.

The models used in in the simulations plan ahead for the potential physical and chemical effects of the photolithography, deforming them purposely to demonstrate the final effect.

Further developments

A big name in the industry has recently released a software library which will further speed up the design process. This could apparently enable the creation of new lithography solutions and faster turnaround times.

Computational lithography has only been around since the mid-2000s. Following the term’s first use it quickly got adopted industry wide.

A clear picture

 

Cyclops stock a range of different components with a variety of node sizes. Whatever electronic component you’re looking for, Cyclops can help. With our global contacts and huge stocklist, we can ensure competitive lead times and prices. Call us today on +44 (0) 1904 415 415, or email us at sales@cyclops-electronics.com