PHOENIX–Sometimes the biggest, most-ambitious projects end quietly and simply. A small group of executives from Avnet Electronics Marketing, including president Ed Smith and marketing VP Ian Basey, and I gathered in the company's headquarters this month as the good folks from the charitable organization Chances for Children took ownership of our home for the past year, the red Chevy Volt.
PHOENIX–If it's tough for an ex-contract manufacturing executive to admit it, Ed Smith doesn't show it. "America's going to become the land of innovation, not the land of manufacturing," said Smith, a former CEO of a contract manufacturing company who now is president of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas here. "Everybody says everything moved to China," he said. "China doesn't innovative
SAN JOSE, Calif. — You could be forgiven if your outlook for the long-term future of the North American electronics industry is dire. Mine once was. In fact, I went into this yearlong road trip hoping for good predictions but expecting challenges–challenges in manufacturing, challenges in keeping and growing engineering jobs here, challenges in creating new and innovative startups. It