LIVE & updated! All the latest EPDT COVID-19 coronavirus electronics industry news & stories...

02 April 2020


As the coronavirus pandemic outbreak continues to dominate the news cycle & media channels, EPDT is trying to feature all the best & latest COVID19 electronics & manufacturing industry news, stories & updates for you – and now, we are collecting it together in one place for you in a live summary, which we will regularly update with links to the original posts...

02 April 2020: Williams Advanced Engineering proud to be part of the COVID-19 NHS ventilator challenge
Technology & engineering services business, Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) is playing a significant role in an Aerospace consortium to produce medical ventilators for use by the NHS during the COVID-19 coronavirus global pandemic.

01 April 2020: Editor's comment – Coronavirus – will anything ever be the same again?...
Working on this column for EPDT's April issue in early March, there seemed little alternative but to write about coronavirus. Even a few short weeks ago, COVID-19 was increasingly dominating the news cycle & media, with the scale, scope & span of the global crisis growing rapidly.

01 April 2020: Innovative access system for personnel safety to help combat spread of COVID-19
The safety of personnel is of the upmost importance, especially during these challenging times. To help its customers find solutions to protect employees & visitors, electronic manufacturing capital equipment distributor, Altus Group has introduced a new & innovative access control system which automatically measures body temperature when staff pass through it.

30 March 2020: VentilatorChallengeUK industry consortium helps scale up ventilator production for NHS to combat COVID-19 outbreak
A consortium of leading UK industrial, technology & engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive & medical sectors, has come together to produce medical ventilators for the UK during this COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

30 March 2020: Anglia COVID-19 task force prioritises available inventory & design support for ventilators
Electronics distributor, Anglia Components has formed a COVID-19 task force to coordinate & allocate available inventory & application engineering resources to support customers designing or manufacturing ventilators and other vital medical equipment to help address the coronavirus emergency.

27 March 2020:
Opinion – Who has the data that could help us combat the spread of coronavirus?...
How can new technologies help us fight the spread of COVID-19? Massimo Canducci, Chief Innovation Officer at Italian digital transformation experts, the Engineering Group tells us why he believes there is an urgent need to define a regulatory framework that ensures the protection of privacy – but that also contemplates any exceptional requirements that may arise...

26 March 2020: Working from home? Get your free copy of EPDT magazine redirected to home...
Working from home due to COVID-19, but still want to receive your printed copy of EPDT? For the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, get your monthly copy of EPDT temporarily redirected & delivered direct to your home address.

26 March 2020: COVID-19 manufacturing slowdowns + increased demand will balance to 16M AR & VR HMD shipments in 2021
ABI Research whitepaper identifies the short- & long-term impacts the coronavirus global pandemic will have on the market for augmented & virtual reality (AR/VR) head mounted displays (HMDs).

23 March 2020: Digi-Key teams up with University of Minnesota to try & end COVID-19 ventilator shortage

As a potential solution to the US COVID-19 ventilator shortage, electronic components distributor, Digi-Key is collaborating  with the University of Minnesota to create a plan to make parts for low-cost respirators – devices that could help save lives.

23 March 2020: How Xilinx is helping to fight Coronavirus around the world: President & CEO on COVID-19
Xilinx President & CEO, Victor Peng has shared this blog post regarding COVID-19 and how Xilinx technology is helping play a role in combatting Coronavirus...

20 March 2020: Government calls for manufacturers to help make NHS ventilators [NOW UPDATED with link to specification]

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy is looking for businesses to support the production & supply of ventilators & ventilator components across the UK as part of the Government's response to COVID-19. [NOW UPDATED with link to specification – 20/03/20]

18 March 2020: UK manufacturing & industrial engineering not prepared for home working, research reveals
New research from employee experience & workplace performance experts, Leesman suggests that UK manufacturing & industrial engineering is one of the least prepared industries to implement & weather a mass home working strategy, in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

18 March 2020: COVID-19 pandemic will force firms to radically rethink how they embrace technological investment
ABI Research Analysts share their thoughts on the likely short- & long-term impacts the global coronavirus pandemic will have on technology and end markets.

18 March 2020: HVM Catapult CEO defers retirement to support UK manufacturing COVID-19 response
Dick Elsy, Chief Executive Officer of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult, has announced that he will defer his planned retirement to support the manufacturing sector’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

17 March 2020: COVID-19 – The Ventilator Challenge – call for UK manufacturers to help...
Responding to the coronavirus pandemic & reducing the spread of the peak requires a national effort. Last night, the Prime Minister called on the UK’s manufacturers to help step up production of vital medical equipment, such as ventilators. He set the ambition for industry to manufacture as many new ventilators as possible, so we can help the most vulnerable & our NHS, whose staff are working round the clock.

17 March 2020: Coronavirus outbreak reveals weakest links in manufacturing supply chain, say ABI Research

For many firms, the outbreak of COVID-19 means more staff working from home & increased use of teleconferencing, rather than face-to-face meetings. However, it’s a different situation for manufacturers because, despite investments in automation, helping reduce the need for staff on assembly lines, they still need to receive raw materials.

16 March 2020: Opinion – Opportunities for the electronics industry in the wake of COVID-19
Joe Booth, Business Development & Marketing Director at electronic manufacturing equipment distributor, Altus shares his thoughts on the coronavirus crisis impact on the electronics industry – and the potential opportunity for UK & European electronics manufacturers.

13 March 2020: PCIM Europe 2020 exhibition & conference postponed till 28–30 July in response to coronavirus outbreak
Due to the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Europe, Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH has decided to postpone this year's PCIM Europe exhibition & conference from 5–7 May 2020 to 28–30 July 2020. The venue remains the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre. Visitor tickets already purchased are valid for the new date.

12 March 2020: Shortage of alcohol-based fluxes for electronics manufacturing due to coronavirus, say Emil Otto
The spreading coronavirus is now effecting production & availability of alcohol-based fluxes for electronics manufacturing, with rising prices & even sold out stocks the latest developments. Water-based or hybrid fluxes, with low alcohol additions, are moving into focus as a market-independent alternative for use in electronics production, according to flux experts, Emil Otto.

11 March 2020: Anglia announces new measures to support electronics customers through Coronavirus
Electronics distributor, Anglia Components has put in place extensive measures to minimise the supply chain impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on its customers – and to protect its staff.

07 March 2020: Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus fears
The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair has announced today that this year’s Fair – due to take place from 11th to 14th March 2020 at the NEC, Birmingham – has been cancelled.

06 March 2020: Coronavirus continues to impact global consumer electronics markets, says Futuresource Consulting
Efforts to halt the spread of the health crisis caused by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has infected almost 100,000 people across 80 countries at the time of writing, is causing significant disruption to global supply chains.

04 March 2020: HANNOVER MESSE 2020 postponed due to coronavirus fears
Responding to global developments related to Coronavirus, Deutsche Messe AG has taken the decision to postpone this year's HANNOVER MESSE 2020 to the week of 13 to 17 July.

26 February 2020: embedded world 2020 delivers specialist knowledge for the global embedded community
embedded world 2020 opened its doors yesterday morning as planned, despite coronavirus fears precipitating a raft of high profile exhibitor cancellations (more than 150) & an anticipated fall in visitor numbers. Around 900 companies offering embedded technologies ranging from components, modules & complete systems to operating systems, hardware, software & services still presented themselves at the trade fair.

27 February 2020: Coronavirus will hinder China’s economic development, LSE think tank report reveals
The coronavirus could represent a significant long-term economic issue for China, alongside a serious health pandemic, says new report from no.1 ranked university affiliated foreign policy think tank, LSE IDEAS.

18 February 2020: Update – embedded world trade fair to open its doors next week, despite coronavirus fears
“We are pleased that the embedded industry will come together again in Nuremberg next week.” With these words, the CEOs of NürnbergMesse, Dr Roland Fleck & Peter Ottmann attempted to summarise the mood of many exhibitors one week before the start of embedded world.

17 February 2020: embedded world 2020 to go ahead as planned, say NürnbergMesse – but list of exhibitors dropping out now exceeds 100...
Despite the cancellation of this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, show organisers, NürnbergMesse confirmed today that embedded world 2020 is to take place as planned, regardless of a number of high profile exhibitor cancellations (the total now numbers more than 50) related to fears around Coronavirus.

17 February 2020: European manufacturers critical to mitigating Coronavirus China components shortage, says Prime Light
European manufacturers hold the key to alleviating worldwide shortages in LED & other lighting components, as Chinese factories halt production in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, according to lighting industry experts, Prime Light.

14 February 2020: Coronavirus afflicting electronics supply chains, potentially impacting 5G deployment, says Omdia
Coronavirus is spreading throughout global technology supply chains, impacting diverse & interconnected sectors of the electronics industry, according to global tech research firm, Omdia. With the epidemic arriving at dawn of 5G’s mainstream deployment phase, coronavirus has the potential to disrupt progress of the next-generation wireless standard, as the crisis slows, or threatens to slow, production of key smartphone components, including displays & semiconductors.

12 February 2020: Breaking news – Mobile World Congress 2020 finally cancelled due to Coronavirus fears
The world's largest mobile telecoms show, which typically attracts over 100,000 visitors & over 2,000 exhibiting companies, has finally been cancelled this week after a raft of cancellations from exhibitors due to Coronavirus fears.

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