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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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February 03, 2015

Contract Manufacturing was Then, Global Manufacturing is Now!

Contract Manufacturing used to be defined as simply one company fabricating a product for another. They would make it and ship it. Period.  That model worked for many years but now the process has changed to push contract manufacturers to become valued suppliers.  Over the years the term ‘outsourcing’ has become synonymous with contract...

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January 27, 2015

Cheap Oil Prices Are Just One Factor in the Onshore/Offshore Debate

Will cheap oil prices (Energy) drive more companies to move production back to the US?  Or how much more does it cost companies to keep manufacturing in the U.S?  That is the real question!

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January 20, 2015

3 Things Manufacturing 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 Engineering AND Fast rarely belong in the same sentence!  Or my expectation of how Engineers define “Fast” needed a major correction. When a customer expresses interest my emotional transactional side stands at attention as...

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January 13, 2015

Looking to Alibaba for Electronics Contract Manufacturing? Think Twice

Alibaba, the Chinese internet behemoth, has been killing it since its recent US IPO where it raised $25 Billion, with a “B”, in September 2014.  According to ForbesAlibaba posted 54% sales growth and now has a market capitalization of $250 Billion.  Slightly ahead of a little company called Wal-Mart and making them one of the top 10 most...

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January 06, 2015

Contract Manufacturing Services: Now Serving Vietnam!

The continued growth of Vietnam is the hot topic as noted in a recent article in Plastics News. When you read that mobile phone giant Samsung has its second largest plant in the world in Vietnam, you know the country is booming.  So much so that McDonald’s has opened its first restaurant this year as well as Starbucks!

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December 16, 2014

The Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Switch Manufacturers

When we meet new clients who are considering switching to a new contract manufacturing services company, the reason they are looking typically falls into one of three buckets. Of course there are more than three reasons, but on the surface these are the most frequent motives why they are considering to switch manufacturers: 

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December 11, 2014

3 Contract Manufacturing Industry Trends to Plan for in 2015

Contract manufacturers have learned to be flexible and nimble to adapt to the new business environment that ALL manufacturers work in.  Cost pressures, customer service challenges, OEM demands, and competition from around the corner to around the globe are here to stay. 

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December 09, 2014

5 Things You Must Know about Six Sigma

According to Today’s Engineer Six Sigma can trace its roots to Motorola and VP, Quality Bill Smith.  His theory of latent defects simply states that variation in manufacturing processes leads to defects.  Remove the variables and eliminate the defects.  Easy, right?

What qualifies as “Six Sigma”?  If you can achieve no more than 3.4 defects per...

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December 02, 2014

5 Ways to Ensure Counterfeit Protection

The counterfeit business is good.  An Industry Week article notes that it be costing industrial businesses and consumers like you and me $250 Billion, each year!  This is 10 Million, $100 bills, or 12 Pallets for just ONE Billion.  Or 3,000 pallets of $100 bills for $250 Billion.  Annually!

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November 18, 2014

7 Tips to Create a Bill of Material to Make Your Life Easier

If you work with manufacturing engineers for more than an hour you are going to hear the phrase BOM, which you quickly learn means: Bill of Materials. In its simplest definition, a BOM is the list of parts or components that are necessary to build a product. It may also include the raw materials, sub-components, sub-assemblies, quantities,...

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