Forecast: increased outsourcing in assembly.
Competition in the industry has driven costs down to the margin, forcing companies to restructure manufacturing assets to remain viable. The extent to which outsourcing will continue to affect the supply chain is not fully apparent: In general, OEMs are looking for manufacturing partners that can manage more and more of the fulfillment process, However, if the OEM outsources to subcontractors everything except brand creation and marketing, the OEM risks losing a key core competency and value-add capability,
The upshot has been for many top-tier OEMs to concentrate on research, design and marketing tasks and outsource the manufacturing tasks--at least for those industries in which a high degree of automation exists. Worldwide demand for outsourcing assembly of electronic products will continue to expand aggressively over the next five years as large OEMs that have not yet outsourced jump on the bandwagon to remain competitive. As a result, OEM production capability will experience a net decline over the next few years as these companies divest and close down unproductive factories.
Consumer and transportation sectors are expected to expand and prosper consistently over the forecast period and experience strong economic expansion. The computer and communications markets will only average a low growth rate, which takes into account a downturn in 2001, followed by a projected recovery in subsequent years. Overall, all industries have been impacted negatively by events in 2001, though the most severe effects have been from the collapse in demand for traditional computer and telecom products that began in late 2000. On the bright side, a continued strong demand for consumer and transportation products, and a buildup in surplus supplies for military and avionics electronics products, still exists.
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|Title Annotation:||Industry News|
|Article Type:||Industry Overview|
|Date:||Feb 1, 2002|
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