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CBA Releases Second Article in Beyond Outsourcing Series

May 07, 2013

Charlie Barnhart & Associates LLC (CBA) announces that it has launched a new article series entitled "Beyond Outsourcing.” The new series will discuss the key findings from the ‘Beyond Outsourcing’ report. There will be a total of five articles, released on the first of the month:

1. Introduction and Background: How We Got Here

2. 10 Macro Trends Driving Outsourcing

3. OEM Risk Ranking of EMS Service Offerings

4. Outsourcing Alternatives

5. Buy or Build?

The global outsourcing phenomenon is entering a new phase. EMS prices are rising; geopolitical risk and uncertainty are increasing, and many OEMs are reconsidering their global solution, including abandoning outsourcing altogether for certain segments of the product lifecycle. The relationship between OEMs and their EMS providers is worse than it has ever been. The level of mistrust is very high. EMS are disengaging with unprofitable customers at the same time that OEMs are demanding increasingly draconic cost reductions and onerous terms and conditions.

Late last year, CBA published an Outsourcing Navigator Council Report, ‘Beyond Outsourcing’ that outlined some of the characteristics of the next phase in global electronics manufacturing. CBA looked at the industry’s past; did a deep dive into its database of case studies, and conducted in-depth interviews with the industry’s key players. The results are a guide for OEMs on how to move forward into this next evolution, learning from the mistakes of the past. What is that quote? ‘Those who refuse to study the past are doomed to repeat it.’

For more information, see www.charliebarnhart.com.


Charlie Barnhart & Associates, LLC focuses on the intersection between the electronics OEM and its electronics manufacturing services provider. The company collects detailed case study data on the costs of these services. Charlie Barnhart & Associates then presents the data to the industry through workshops and webinars. For more information, visit www.charliebarnhart.com.

Charlie Barnhart & Associates, LLC • 3406 Forest Ridge, Spring Grove, IL 60081 • 623-293-6985  www.charliebarnhart.com

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