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Why Cook Won’t Change Apple’s EMS Recipe

New Apple CEO Tim Cook will make no changes to its outsourcing recipe. That’s my take, based on an assessment of the iPhone maker’s balance sheet. Cook, of course, has been named to succeed Steve Jobs, who has been fighting … Continue reading

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Live, from Chicago!

I’ll be at Charlie Barnhart Associates’ Outsourcing Navigator Council meeting next week in Chicago. Old friends Eric Miscoll and Jennifer Read have invited me to moderate a panel looking at the future of outsourcing. Among my panelists are executives from … Continue reading

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Foxconn, China Tied For Good (or Bad)

The pundits are out and speculating that, in the wake of a dozen worker suicides, higher wages and reams of bad press, Foxconn might relocate from China. AppleInsider thinks Foxconn might move production back to Taiwan. John Dvorak suggests a … Continue reading

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Nokia Goes Out

Good news for Top Tier contract assemblers came today in the form of Nokia’s announcement it would begin outsourcing again, a year after pulling everything in house. Just another sign that the market is recovering. Nokia announced last July it … Continue reading

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Orbotech’s Outsourcing Twist

Contracting assembly certainly is nothing new around these parts. Semiconductor design firms routinely outsource waber fab and packaging. OEMs have sent out everything from systems design to circuit board layout to component assembly and test. Indeed, our sister magazine, CIRCUITS … Continue reading

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