Nowadays an OEM of electronic products has a seemingly endless array of options to choose from when selecting a manufacturing partner: CM, EMS, ODM, JDM, CDM, to name a few. This assortment of acronyms adds unnecessary complexity to an already challenging activity – the outsourcing of manufacturing – and thereby does a disservice to the customers the providers are trying to engage.
This comment is from Christopher Janssen, who is managing director of GPC Electronics, based in Sydney, Australia. As a member of CBA's Outsourcing Navigator Council, I participated in the January 2011 Industry Update and was particularly interested in the Case Study for the Quarter.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the PROVELEC Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico. PROVELEC is the annual conference for the electronics cluster in Guadalajara that is represented by CADELEC. It had been about five years since I last visited the industry in Guadalajara and I was very impressed with what I saw.