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2015 Contract electronics provider survey ranking criteria

VentureOutsource.com began surveying the contract electronics sector (OEMs and EMS/ODM providers) more than a decade ago. Our 2015 Contract Electronics Provider Survey Rankings are published in response to a wide variety of queries from electronics OEM professionals asking us who is the best provider.

Given the vast number of providers worldwide and the challenge most contract electronics providers face differentiating their company/services from competitors in a same given area/region serving similar end markets, we reached out to electronics providers around the world under consideration requesting information about their specific company, as well as their perspective regarding which providers, excluding their company, they considered to be most impressive.

In the end, our goal is to give OEMs access to ample information on VentureOutsource.com so they can make more informed decisions about contract electronics service providers they choose to ultimately formulate business partnerships.

The criteria we used in making our lists of providers by industry reputation consists, in no particular order, of the following:

  • Depth and scope of management
  • Available technology
  • Manufacturing quality and factory cleanliness
  • Responsiveness to changes in industry
  • Value as it relates to pricing

During the 2015 survey, the more often a provider company’s name was mentioned by industry peers (respondents employed by other providers) the higher the provider ranked. Where we could not obtain information directly from a provider, we obtained the necessary information from the provider’s Website or from other reputable publications.

Since provider geography is important to most OEMs some providers/facilities have a distinct advantage over other geographies, for example, in terms of manufacturing location in proximity to a technical workforce or base of consumption or, OEM product marketing roadmap. A low-mix, high-volume consumer electronics product might be better if production occurs in Thailand, Malaysia, India or China than the US or Mexico. Does this mean you must only consider providers in Asia? Absolutely not. But providers located in certain cities or regions offer real advantages that are less available elsewhere.

Like any survey or list, ours is not perfect and is open for debate. There is no single opinion that trumps all when it comes to which provider is the “best”. Ultimately every electronics OEM decision maker has different needs and views regarding electronics contract manufacturer management expertise and corporate culture, provider execution, technical capabilities, as well as costs. Our hope is that our lists are a starting point for OEMs to discover providers that are the best fit for them and that any list is not to be used as a deciding factor.

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