Category: High Tech and Consumer Electronics Supply Chain

Supply Chain Matters Insights from the Global Trade War Front- July 20, 2018 Edition

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides our July 20 weekly update and insights commentary on the pace and impact of global trade and tariff events impacting global and industry supply chains.

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Supply Chain Matters Highlights and Insights from the Global Trade War Front- July 13, 2018

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides our July 13 weekly update and insights commentary on the pace and impact of global trade and tariff events impacting global supply chains. Events continue to move rather quickly, and we will provide updates and insights on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

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Tesla Achieves Crucial Model 3 Production Milestone in Q2- But With Extraordinary Effort

Electric powered automaker Tesla completed Q2-2018 achieving its critical milestone of producing over 5000 Model 3 vehicles in one week. However, from our Supply Chain Matters lens, the achievement was hollow, and not reflective of a sustained production cadence under predictive cost controls.

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Foxconn’s Equity Investment in Vizio- Supply Chain and Manufacturing Play

An Asian based publication reported last week that global contract electronics provider Foxconn, and its LCD panel manufacturing arm Innolux, have acquired equity stakes in North America based television brand Vizio. This move has significance expanding the consumer electronics supply chain ecosystem in the U.S. for the production and assembly of televisions.

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Fallout from Tesla’s Job Action- Alleged Data Loss and IP Theft

Supply Chain Matters blog provides a brief follow-up regarding the impact of an announced layoff involving electric automaker’s Tesla’s salaried workforce. Tesla is pursuing legal action against a former employee for alleged data hack and potential compromising of intellectual property.

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Report Of Labor Violation Conditions at Factory Producing Amazon Branded Products

Reuters reports that a major U.S. based labor watchdog group, China Labor Watch, criticized both Amazon and global contract manufacturing services provider Foxconn over what is described as harsh working conditions at an assembly factory in China.

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Report Indicating an Extraordinary Sense of Urgency for Tesla Model 3 Production

A published report indicates that Tesla is executing extraordinary actions in order to revamp automation of its lithium-ion battery production processes related to higher-volume production of its Model 3 sedan. The move is bold and is likely an indication of a revised strategy related to automation of battery assembly after an initial process faltered.

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