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December 08, 2015

3 Contract Manufacturing Industry Trends to Plan for in 2016

At its very essence, every contract manufacturer exists to solve a cost, quality and/or diversity problem for its customers. While these three rarely change the business environment, challenges and demands continue to evolve. Changing to meet the new challenges of the OEMs you support has simply become the new normal. New year = new trends.

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December 01, 2015

11 Reasons Your First Production Purchase Order is Late

You made it through the RFQ process. Through the tooling, sampling and PPAP review. Now your world-changing product is – say it with me – in production. Oh, how good it feels. But don't be too quick to kick off your boots and celebrate. First production orders are notoriously plagued with unexpected delays (mostly minor!) that could throw a...
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November 17, 2015

Right-Shoring: Where is the Best Place to Manufacture?

In the great debate of off-shoring, on-shoring, re-shoring and whatever-else-shoring, East West has historically taken the right-shoring approach. Below is an article written by our co-founder and executive vice president, Jeff Sweeney, that was featured on Manufacturing.net in August 2014. Read on for his take on the best place to manufacture...

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October 22, 2015

The Trick to Managing Long Lead Time Components through Your Supplier

Do you order electronic assemblies that contain long lead time (LLT) components? Nothing is more of a bummer than placing a large PCBA order only to find out that a key component has a 180-day lead time, slowing down the entire production process. Why do some components have such long lead times, anyway? Here’s the deal: Factories typically run...

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August 13, 2015

Contract Manufacturing vs. Global Manufacturing [Infographic]

Are you looking to strategically partner with a manufacturer to transform your prototype into a product? You have several options – hopefully you aren't feeling too overwhelmed! Should you go the contract manufacturing route or the global manufacturing route? What is the difference, anyway? We made this infographic to make YOUR life easier. 

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August 11, 2015

20 Manufacturing Thought Leaders You Should Follow on Twitter

Whether you are looking for inspiration, guidance, tips, best practices or the latest industry developments and trends, there are a host of people and companies in the manufacturing sector publishing and sharing outstanding content on Twitter. Below we’ve compiled a list of 20 manufacturing thought leaders you should be following.

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August 06, 2015

Can a Contract Manufacturer Help with Intellectual Property Protection in China?

Let me guess – you’ve designed a killer product that you want to manufacture in China, but you’re worried that a cheaper version of your product will appear on Alibaba in a month. Your concern is valid – we are talking about China, the world’s leading purveyor of counterfeit goods. Who wants to spend the R+D dollars to then have their...

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July 28, 2015

2 Best Ways Engineers Find the Right Contract Manufacturer

We literally met one of our fastest growing customers walking down the hallway of their office after a meeting with the engineering and purchasing teams when the Global Sourcing Manager stuck his head out of his office and quipped, “Hey, can you guys make this?”  Turns out the answer was, “Yes!”

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June 02, 2015

My Contract Manufacturer Only Does What?

They just want to make your product. Nonsense.

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May 21, 2015

Contract Manufacturing is Dead

Words have a way of defining us and creating labels. Every year new words or phrase are created and many fall out of style.  “Google it” did not exist prior to 1998. If you share a new technology and your friend say it is “far out” you are apt to define and label them as a throwback hippie from the 1960’s or 1970’s.  So it goes with what we...

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