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Andy Reese

Andy Reese
Andy Reese leads Marketing and Business Development at East West Manufacturing. Providing strategy and data driven results.
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January 19, 2017

The 4400-Metric-Ton Die Casting Machine in the Room

Engineers get excited about the smallest details, usually. And as an outspoken non-engineer, I get that different people are impressed with different interests. I may not own a micrometer but I enjoy some marketing analytics. We’re all different.

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November 17, 2016

7 Advantages to Manufacturing in India That Your Boss May Not Know

It's no secret that manufacturing labor costs are rising in China and the talk of alternative manufacturing locations continues to grow. While some manufacturing operations are returning to the U.S. and Europe, others are staying in Asia, and India is rapidly attracting more business.  Yes, there are labor and raw material advantages and an ...

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November 10, 2016

12 Ways NOT to Pick a Contract Manufacturing Partner

[Editor’s note: A lack of sarcasm will make reading this post far less enjoyable and potentially dangerous to your global manufacturing career if you follow any one of these.]

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September 27, 2016

5 Reasons for Manufacturing Delays

I’ve heard jokes over the years that the military is built around, “hurry up and wait.”  Years of experience in global manufacturing have shown that the same exists in this space as well.

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September 08, 2016

How Do I Find the Right Contract Manufacturer?

When aiming to become a world-class seller of premium products, selecting the right contract manufacturer is the most important step. Your ultimate goal should be building a partnership with your manufacturer – a relationship that commands respect and cooperation in both directions. Before setting out on your quest, there are a few steps you...

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August 18, 2016

3 Good Reasons to Switch Manufacturers Now

When we meet new clients who are considering switching to a new contract manufacturer, the reason they are looking typically falls into one of three buckets – cost, quality or service issues. Of course this is far from an exhaustive list, but on the surface these are the most frequent motives driving their consideration to switch manufacturers....

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August 16, 2016

How Much Will It Cost to Manufacture My Product?

As a global contract manufacturer, we get asked a whole lot of questions, but one is more common than all the rest. Hands down, the most asked question is: "How much will it cost to manufacture my product?" This probably isn't too surprising, since most big decisions come down to cost in the end. The answer is a good ol' catch-22: simple,...

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July 21, 2016

2016 Contract Manufacturing Industry Trends Update -- Were We Right?

We are guilty – like everyone else – for spinning out our "top three trends for the coming year” each December (see our 2016 contract manufacturing industry trends here) as the old year winds down and we prepare for a new year with fresh growth goals and objectives. The thing is, it's much easier to speculate about trends than it is to hold...

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July 14, 2016

3 Things Product Development Engineers Want More Than "Fast"

In a conversation with our technical program manager over the last several weeks, I have come to the conclusion that the terms "engineering" and "fast" rarely belong in the same sentence — or my expectation of how product development engineers define “fast” simply needed a major reboot. When a customer expresses interest, my emotional,...

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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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