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Top 10 Lessons in Offshore Manufacturing (from a Manufacturing VP)

July 28, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Taking production overseas can be intimidating. Daunting. Downright scary! We get it. Lucky for you, we've done the dirty work. As a contract manufacturer, East West has learned countless lessons over the course of our 15 years in the game, and we're ready to share the knowledge. Take it from us it pays to keep calm and carry on (as our British cronies would say).

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Offshore Expertise

5 Ways to Guarantee Brand Protection in a World of Counterfeit Goods

May 26, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Counterfeiting is a detrimental reality across many segments, from fashion, to automotive, to the medical industry. In the manufacturing sector, we're exposed to a crippling amount of phony electronic parts. According to a 2013 IndustryWeek article, "reports show consumer and industrial businesses are losing approximately $250 billion each year because of counterfeit components." This figure is astonishing! The alarming realization that there are enough fake goods to fill a Museum of Counterfeit Goods (Bangkok, Thailand) simply reinforces the scope of this issue.

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Filed Under: Offshore Expertise, Contract Manufacturing

When to Consider Manufacturing Offshore: A Manufacturing CEO's Insight

May 03, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

We could go on and on debating the pros and cons of moving some or all of your manufacturing operations offshore. Because it's true – like with most decisions in life – that there are both pros and cons to this move. So, when thinking about moving offshore, how do you know when is the right time? One prospective customer posed this very question to our CEO, Scott Ellyson. Keep reading to find out his two cents on the subject.

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Offshore Expertise

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

November 17, 2015 by East West Manufacturing

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 goods.

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Filed Under: Offshore Expertise, Contract Manufacturing

10 Factors to Consider When Entering a New Market

September 08, 2015 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis


If you are building a global supply chain, arbitrage should already be in your vocabulary. You may think of it as right-shoring or simply strategically sourcing to take advantage of lower costs in areas where your choice raw materials run rampant. Or maybe you aren't so familiar with the term or the strategy behind arbitrage. Either way, we are here to help.
 

Instead of flying by the seat of your pants and making rash decisions when choosing which market is your next best bet, view our SlideShare below. 

 
                                 
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Filed Under: Supply Chain Management, Offshore Expertise

3 Tips for Painless Supplier Agreements

July 23, 2015 by Andy Reese

There are two simple truths I’ve learned in manufacturing: (1) the larger the company, the smaller the NDA.  Why? They have an office building somewhere with more attorneys on hand (or within reach) than most global manufacturing companies would care to count.  And (2) the larger the OEM, the longer the supply agreement.

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Filed Under: Offshore Expertise, Strategic Sourcing

3 Pitfalls of Manufacturing Overseas

June 23, 2015 by Andy Reese

When you work with manufacturers who actually manufacture overseas, you are fortunate to experience perspective. It’s easy to draw conclusions from think tanks, management consultants and not-for-profit white papers about shifts in global manufacturing trends, but the reality is that funded article was drafted with a preconceived notion in mind.

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Offshore Expertise

6 Benefits of Manufacturing Offshore: Part 2

April 28, 2015 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Are you ready for round TWO of “6 Benefits of Offshore Manufacturing”? If you missed part one of this post, don’t panic! You can find it right HERE.

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Filed Under: Offshore Expertise

6 Benefits of Manufacturing Offshore: Part 1

April 21, 2015 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

So you are thinking about moving your production offshore, but you aren’t entirely convinced that the benefits outweigh the risks. According to global strategy and management consultant A.T. Kearney’s 2014 Reshoring Index®, offshore manufacturing by U.S. corporations surpassed “reshoring” efforts in 2014. Here are some key benefits of taking your manufacturing offshore that could explain Kearney’s finding:

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Filed Under: Offshore Expertise

Sand Casting or Die Casting: Which One Is Right For Me?

March 17, 2015 by Andy Reese

Sand Casting is the process of forming steel products with a mold made of sand, or silica based products than can packed into a tight mold to create a smooth surface.  Molten metal is poured into mold which sets up fairly quickly.  Engine Blocks, Manifolds, and literally hundreds of metal products are still manufactured this way to.

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, Offshore Expertise

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