Flextronics Trims, Acquire in bid to Win

Flextronics International Ltd.’s strategy for achieving financial stability seem simple enough except that, these days, drastic cost-cutting involving plant closures don’t necessarily go well with aggressive small and medium-size acquisitions. There’s a method to the madness, though, and company executives in recent presentations to analysts and investors have insisted this strategy is helping the contract…

India: Distribution’s Next Hotspot

India isn’t the hottest market for electronics right now but with more than 1.2 billion people, it has the potentials to become one in future, hence the attention being paid to it by many of the world’s biggest electronics equipment manufacturers and other players in the industry supply chain. Component distributors, especially, are avidly exploring…

What if the Prodigal OEMs all Return?

It’s a barely noticeable trickle now but what if all the prodigal Western OEMs who shifted production en masse to low-cost locations in Asia suddenly move even a single-digit percentage of their manufacturing volume back home? Will the electronics supply chain be able to handle the flood and does the industry anymore have the intellectual…

Engineering & Purchasing: Joined at the Hip

In an industry where engineering is constantly feeding new products to the manufacturing floor, several disciplines must be in place to assure the smoothest transitions from the R&D group to the operations group. While New Product Introductions (NPI) and associated processes are key to managing lowest costs and highest quality products from introduction to obsolescence…

Where are the PLM Champions?

I wonder at times why so many companies hide their best and brightest minds, products and departments in some dark corners while endlessly and tirelessly parading once popular but steadily fading divisions before a tired crowd. That’s the case with the electronics industry where the already obvious – microprocessor, smartphone, PCs, digital TV, etc. –…

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…