Together the two firms offer comprehensive electronics manufacturing data and research, strategic planning and training programs for global decision-making
February 11, 2013, Maui, Hawaii. Charlie Barnhart & Associates LLC (CBA) and ITM Consulting announce a joint venture to provide a full range of consulting services to electronics manufacturers. As the electronics industry evolves beyond outsourcing to other more complex manufacturing supply solutions, there is a need for business and operations consulting services that are seamless and well aligned. The joint venture is designed to provide such services.
CBA is focused exclusively on the outsourced electronics manufacturing relationship, providing data and analysis to support global strategic decision-making. ITM Consulting helps companies set up, improve, certify and validate the electronics assembly operations themselves. Together, the two organizations can offer a well coordinated fast track to designing a global, cross enterprise, lean and efficient manufacturing supply solution that delivers substantial innovation and competitive advantage.
“Our research has identified a number of significant sea-changes occurring now in global high tech manufacturing,” explained Charlie Barnhart. “We see global shifts occurring: in the slower growth of outsourcing; in the way companies are managing their product life-cycles, and a return to a regional approach, e.g. building in the region where the product is sold. Many OEMs are starting with a clean slate and looking at every aspect of their manufacturing strategy, including whether to outsource or not. By teaming up with ITMConsulting, we can help clients add manufacturing capability or bring new competitiveness to existing processes, for example through Lean implementation. ITM has an excellent track record in solving problems and cost-effective training and process engineering. We look forward to working with them.”
“We believe this offering will help companies that are re-designing their manufacturing supply solution and moving from one region to another, or bringing manufacturing in-house,” added Phil Zarrow, president of ITM Consulting. “Where CBA advises the business side of electronic assembly, ITM helps with the technological side of it – processes, procedures, equipment, materials, quality and lean six sigma manufacturing. If clients are setting up a new line or modifying an existing facility, we help them get it right- the first time.”
For more information, see www.charliebarnhart.com; www.itmconsulting.com