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Product Design, Development

Ways OEMs avoid electronics NPI mistakes

Excess inventory is a liability to both the EMS provider and OEM. This exposure must be watched closely by both since the EMS provider will undoubtedly come back to the OEM looking for payment for exposed material left over. If OEMs feel the EMS provider is not practicing proper procurement practices, OEMs should push … 
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EMS and billions spent by tech-savvy students this year

US college students to spend all-time high in 2009. Computer and consumer electronics account for majority EMS and ODM revenues. Companies with large EMS consumer electronics market shares include Hon Hai, Flextronics, Foxconn, High Tech Computer …
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Visiting ODMs on-site: Quanta, ASUSTEK, Compal, Wistron, MiTAC, Qisda…

Prior to the on-site visit, OEMs should have a full supplier vendor evaluation survey completed. This survey will help to establish the visit’s agenda and it should include…
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Choosing providers: EMS or ODM?

The landscape for outsourcing electronics has changed significantly in the recent decade resulting from a combination of the emergence of the Taiwanese original design manufacturers (ODM) as well as the consolidation of traditional EMS providers. Companies such as Compal, Quanta, Wistron and Inventec …
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China iPhone market demand projections

  Some industry reports indicate Apple could soon be announcing a partnership with China Unicom to distribute the iPhone across mainland China. While VentureOutsource.com is unsure of the pending partnership, reports are providing insight into what Apple’s China iPhone venture …
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Chasing EMS value with low-volume / high-mix


Well-done high-mix, low-cost EMS work requires strong process engineering, good systems and infrastructure, and experienced management talent. Many EMS companies, particularly in low-volume / high-mix are continuing to lose money …

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Mobile phones: Troubled contract manufacturing?

When the economy is strong and market demand is good, this model will help an EMS provider grow because economies of scale can be leveraged and the manufacturing business and the component business can …
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Taiwan IC Design: Netbook opportunities, challenges

Nonetheless, this may not necessarily be viewed as negative for Taiwan fabless companies as the lower IC content should be offset by Taiwan’s nearly 100% market share of the netbook market compared to …
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Electronics manufacturing services value is not cost reductions

Real problem with EMS industry is inability to effectively communicate its value proposition. Pressure on EMS firms relates to the mistaken belief the core value proposition of outsourced manufacturing is cost reductions.
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Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) on innovation and failure

We rub elbows with Richard Notargiacomo, a former product development manager with Eastman Kodak and now the chairman and president of the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA). PDMA is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization with the mission to improve the effectiveness of people engaged in developing and managing new products, covering new goods…
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