The team at Dorigo Systems was delighted to attend this year's Electronics Charity Open 2018 held on September 8, 2018 in Langley, BC. The charity golf event raises funds for the MS Society of Canada. The weather cooperated and everyone had fun coming together with the Vancouver electronics community to connect and fundraise for MS. Dorigo Systems again sponsored the golf carts at the event.

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There is currently a global innovation boom from consumer electronics to automotive manufacturing with no signs of slowing. In fact, recent reports indicate the need for electronic components is growing exponentially.

As a PCBA contract manufacturer, nearly all of the boards Dorigo Systems builds require resistors and capacitors. For years, these components were relatively easy to source.  However, over the past year, the passive market has been experiencing shortages on a scale never before seen in our industry.  

In simplest terms, this is a straightforward case of supply-and-demand. On the supply side, component manufacturers have realized that profit margins are much more favourable on smaller case sizes, and so are producing fewer of the larger sizes.  

At the same time, the demand for these components is significantly greater than ever before.  Demand from the automobile industry has greatly increased, as the amount of electronic components in cars has skyrocketed.  The smart-home industry has exploded, which also calls for resistors and capacitors. 

Dorigo Systems is competing with global powerhouses such as Volkswagen, Samsung and Apple every day for a very limited number of parts. In addition to resistors and capacitors, Flash/Memory ICs are also proving problematic to acquire.  Vendors are holding pricing on these sort of components for only 24 to 72 hours, and we are no longer allowed to schedule out these parts.

The EPS News article, “Electronic Component Shortages: No End in Sight is clearly stating the severity of the electronic components shortages. Currently, Dorigo’s suppliers and distributors are telling us that these market constraints are expected to last for another 12-18 months.

With such a high level of uncertainty in the market, what can you do to be proactive?

The team at Dorigo Systems is making the following recommendations to our customers and partners that will help to mitigate the effects of these shortages on your product's cost and on-time delivery.

  • When we receive your purchase order, we will scan the BOM for any parts that are difficult to obtain.  We will then work with you to approve alternatives and find more readily available substitutes.
  • We can also work with you to secure parts to cover 1-2 years of production.  Planning this far in advance is, regrettably, the only way we can be assured the parts will be in-hand when we need them.  We can then purchase these parts from you on an as-needed basis.
  • On any new designs, we strongly recommend you design boards with smaller case sizes (0201, 0402 or 0603) instead of 0805 or 1206.  This should greatly cut down on the need to purchase parts so far in advance, and will also ensure you are not paying a premium for the most in-demand parts in the industry.

We understand that this is challenging situation for everyone involved.  However, it is our belief that, through advance planning and design flexibility, we can work together to ensure your business is not significantly affected by the industry-wide issue of passive market allocation. 


Dorigo, under the umbrella of Pillon Holdings which includes sister company Enigma Interconnect, placed #48 on Business in Vancouver’s “2018 BC 100 Top Tech Companies"
We are proud to be part of Vancouver's thriving tech community!

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Are you interested in pursuing a career at Dorigo Systems? Dorigo is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:

- Quotation Engineer
- Junior Precision Assembler
- Process Engineer
- Buyer
- Custom Project Coordinator
- SMT Machine Operator
- Quality Control Inspector
- Precision Assembler

Read our detailed job descriptions and consider joiing our team that is celebrating over 30 years of EMS excellence!

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 Dorigo Celebrates 30 Years of Electronics Manufacturing Services Excellence


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Burnaby, BC, Canada – June 5, 2018 – Dorigo Systems celebrated its 30th anniversary on June 1, 2018. During a luncheon attended by Dorigo staff, plans were unveiled for the building of a new state-of-the art manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters to meet the growing demand for Dorigo’s Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS).

Recognized as one of the premier providers of EMS services in the Pacific Northwest and throughout Canada, Dorigo Systems’ has grown significantly from when it was established by Mark Pillon, P.Eng. in 1988, to over 100 employees currently working in 45,000 sq. feet of manufacturing space. The next chapter in Dorigo’s expansion, is the planned move to a custom-built corporate campus with over 105,000 sq. feet of manufacturing space located in Burnaby’s prestigious Glenlyon Business Park in the Fall of 2019.

“This state-of-the-art manufacturing facility represents continued stability and ongoing success for Dorigo Systems,” said Mark Pillon, P.Eng. and President. “Our vision is to operate a world-class facility for years to come to best service the needs of our growing customer base.”

The new building which has been designed by renowned architect, Christopher Bozyk, and is being built by the highly-respected Beedie Development Group, will offer Dorigo Systems the ability to support several automated surface mount assembly production lines along with current precision electronics manufacturing services all on one level. The new layout of space is designed to optimize speed of production while maintaining the highest quality standards.

Pillon’s commitment to his team of skilled employees is shown in the exemplary working conditions he is planning to provide to staff. A gym and yoga room along with a large restaurant-style cafeteria and outdoor patio are some of the amenities to reward staff for their dedication and commitment to Dorigo’s ongoing success.

“We take great pride in the investment we are making in this new facility as we know it will show stability and confidence in our ability to manufacture the highest quality electronics,” said Pillon. “It represents my vision for the company’s growth now and into the future.”

A model of the new building was unveiled by Mark Pillon, P.Eng. and his General Manger, Vantha Pha along with Ken Pauls, Business Account Manager and Paul Vasvary, Business Development Manager. Staff wore 30th anniversary t-shirts in recognition of the event.

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