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News: Electronics Supply Chain Shifts Amid Demographic Changes

The global electronics manufacturing supply chain is poised for significant shifts as geopolitical tensions, the pandemic, and demographic changes accelerate factory relocations from China to India and Southeast Asia. Bloomberg Intelligence highlights China's accelerating population decline as a catalyst for these moves, contrasting with India's burgeoning, youthful workforce and Vietnam's expected population growth. India, surpassing China's population in 2023, offers electronics manufacturers lower wages and a stable domestic consumption outlook, making it an attractive hub for industry growth.

The Boston Consulting Group forecasts a restructuring of global trade, with weakening China-US ties and a notable increase in ASEAN's trade volume, projecting India to experience an average annual trade growth rate of 6.3%between 2022 and 2032. This shift marks a significant transformation in global trade dynamics, with implications for economic and strategic planning worldwide.

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Abacus Technologies is now Authorized for Panasonic Automation: Pioneering Industrial Solutions for Over 40 Years.

Panasonic, a leader in industrial automation, utilizes over four decades of design expertise and a solid reputation for quality to deliver integrated solutions for automotive, semiconductor, packaging, and biomedical markets. Abacus Technologies is authorized to sell Panasonic's comprehensive portfolio, ensuring customers receive authentic and reliable products. This portfolio includes factory automation sensors, programmable logic controllers(PLCs), human machine interfaces (HMIs), communication gateways, and more, designed to meet the varied requirements of modern industries. 

Panasonic's sensors range from fiber and photoelectric to pressure and flow, tailored for diverse industrial applications. Their PLCs and HMIs are modular and high-performance, requiring minimal programming effort due to the innovative FPWIN Pro software. Panasonic's laser markers and 2D code readers, recognized for their precision and reliability, are suited for a wide array of marking applications. The company also offers machine safety products and AC servos& motors, ensuring operational safety and efficiency. 

Through Abacus Technologies, industries can access Panasonic's leading automation components, including timers, counters, and energy management solutions, supporting operational excellence and technological advancement.

Space Power Breakthrough: First Step to Solar Stations

In a groundbreaking experiment led by Ali Hajimiri at the California Institute of Technology, the Microwave Array Power Transfer LEO Experiment (MAPLE) has successfully beamed power from space to Earth for the first time. This achievement represents a crucial first step towards realizing the potential of space-based solar power stations. Although MAPLE's current capacity is modest, it demonstrates the feasibility of transmitting energy through space, a necessary technology for harnessing solar power directly from space. 

A fully operational system capable of powering tens of thousands of homes would need to scale up significantly, requiring a facility around a square kilometer in size. This pioneering work lays the foundation for future advancements, underscoring that if we ever want to tap into the vast potential of space solar power, this experiment marks the beginning of that journey.

Automotive Industry Shifts Gear: Commercial Chips Drive New Standard

The automotive industry is increasingly considering the use of commercial chips over specialized automotive chips due to cost-saving measures, despite the previous necessity for high-specification chips to meet stringent environmental and operational standards. This trend, accelerated by the chip shortage crisis, has seen a shift in focus from traditional automotive-grade chips, known for their high reliability and temperature resistance, to more economically viable commercial alternatives. Major car manufacturers, especially in China, are leading this shift, exploring the balance between cost efficiency and meeting regulatory standards. 

As the Chinese automotive market expands globally, this strategy may redefine industry standards and influence global automotive chip specifications. This development raises questions about the future of automotive chip manufacturing and the potential impacts on safety and reliability standards in the automotive industry.

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posted by Ameal Tesfaye
04 Mar 2024



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