Semiconductor Industry Update: Mid Year Review

The semiconductor industry:  An ever-expanding market, essential to our everyday life. But what trends have we seen in 2021, especially in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic?  Covid-19 put enormous pressure on all supply chains, with closures of manufacturing plants leading to shortages across numerous sectors. The technology sector especially suffered, with laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other high tech device demand skyrocketing as people were furloughed or working from home. 

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Positive start to 2021 in Fibre

The increase in consumers working from home, due to the coronavirus pandemic, means that connecting with one another online has never been so important.  Consumers and businesses alike are always looking for the best performance internet and connectivity, the optical fibre market is increasing at a faster rate than ever before.  There is no sign

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The Impact of Covid on Solar Power

COVID-19 has impacted industries across the globe, and solar has been no exception.  The outlook for solar has changed dramatically, with the US seeing a 38% decline in employment of workers in the field through June 2020 compared to 2019 (SEIA).  However, as the world is finding a “new normal” within which to work, the

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The Cyclical Nature of the Semiconductor Industry

The semiconductor industry is famous for being a cyclical industry, due to the relatively short lifespan of semiconductor items, where technology becomes obsolete quickly when new and faster applications are developed.  Upswings in the industry occur when advances are made, causing high demand and short supply of the advanced products. On the flip side, oversupply

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Solar Reaching Grid Parity Levels in Many Countries Globally

Solar prices have been declining rapidly over the last 10 years, making the renewable energy source more and more affordable, globally.  According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), solar and wind power have already reached grid parity in a number of European countries, China, and the State of California (PV Magazine).  The key drivers behind

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Top Trends in the Semiconductor Industry

The semiconductor industry has experienced a downturn this year, but that does not mean that individual markets are not thriving.  Demand for semiconductors in China, 5G communications, autonomous vehicles, and the Internet of Things are just four of the key trends driving the semiconductor market in 2019. First, the strong market that is China is

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The Mechanism of Bioactive Glass

Bioactive glass describes a group of surface reactive glass-ceramic biomaterials.  These products are bioreactive and biocompatible, and are used in the repairing of bone in the human body which are broken or diseased.  The market is growing very rapidly, with new clinical applications being developed (Ceramic Industry).   Bioglass works through surface reactions once inserted into

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5 Myths About Solar – Debunked!

Myth 1:  Solar Panel Manufacturing is Environmentally Damaging Studies by the NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) have shown that the payback period in terms of energy production vs. production cost is actually <4 years.  Aside from the relatively low cost of production and quick payback period, the NREL concluded that the average US household with

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