To Win, Focus on Speed, Not Just Cost

What's the winning business proposition in today's outsourced electronics manufacturing business? Surprisingly, the answer is not cost, leverage, or the aggregation of supply and demand, three attributes often cited as principal virtues by outsourced manufacturing firms. Instead, in our view, the key factor for success in the current business environment for outsourced manufacturing is speed…

EMS Industry Lacks Direction in 2012

Despite a stronger-than-expected performance in the first quarter that spurred a mild upgrade in the growth forecast for 2012, the outlook for the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) market this year is somewhat uncertain, with no clear trends defining the industry this year. The global EMS market revenue is set to rise to $217 billion in…

Capability Trumps Capacity in EMS Industry

After two decades of concentrating on capacity, the focus of the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry now is shifting to capability, with competencies including manufacturing skills and supply chain management gaining in importance, according to IHS iSuppli EMS & ODM Market Research at information and analytics provider IHS Inc. Over the past two decades, the…

M&A to Accelerate in EMS/ODM Market

With the growth of electronics end markets slowing and companies flush with cash, outsourced manufacturing firms are set to accelerate their merger-and-acquisition activity during the next one to three years, according to IHS. Following a relatively quiet period over the past several years, conditions appear to be ripe for industry consolidation in the electronics contract…

EMS Challenge: Innovate or Wither

Having spent the last decade focusing on reducing cost and increasing efficiency, the global electronics supply chain is entering a new phase where innovation in products and processes will drive industry activity, requiring electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers to focus their investments on helping customers produce improved products and processes. Jim Brown, president of software…