Where Does EMS Head Next?

The logic behind the concept made enormous sense when OEMs first began focusing on core competencies decades ago. Manufacturing became the main function of specialized contractors such as Flextronics, Solectron, Sanmina, Jabil, Celestica and others while OEMs like IBM Corp., instead of investing in manufacturing plants, concentrated on developing technology, leaving the assembly to the…

EMS Providers Just Can’t Stop the Cost-Cutting

Contract manufacturers may be able to one day put away their cost-cutting scalpel but that won’t be for a while going by events in the market today. In the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) sector, cost-cutting and never-ending rounds of corporate reorganizations have become a way of life as customers and their contractors engage in a…

Kimball Electronics China Receives ISO 13485

Kimball Electronics Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB), announced today that the Company’s production facility in Nanjing, China has achieved the stringent ISO 13485 certification for medical device manufacturing. Kimball Electronics Group (KEG) is a global top-twenty-ranked contract electronic manufacturing services (EMS) company that specializes in durable electronics with applications in…

SGI Names Jabil Key Supply Chain Partner

Jabil Circuit Inc. has been selected by Silicon Graphics International Corp. as its main contract manufacturer and provider of other supply chain services as the enterprise computing and storage equipment vendor continued its recovery and cost-reduction programs. SGI said the agreement would give it greater supply chain flexibility by allowing it to respond swiftly to…

Sparton Acquires Assets of Creonix

Schaumburg, Ill.-based specialty EMS Sparton Corp.  has acquired certain assets of Creonix, a $12 million revenue business, for cash. The move further cements Sparton — which provides services ranging from design through refurbishment — in the medical, military and aerospace markets. The acquisition is  expected to be accretive to earnings within the next 9-12 months. Creonix, located…