Tag Archives: EMS

Optimal at Optimum

As corporate models go, Optimum Design Associates isn’t unique. Several firms have launched as design shops only to add EMS capability as they matured. But one thing ODA does that I really like is provide a much greater level of detail about … Continue reading

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Investigation at Fabrinet

Weirdness abounds at Fabrinet. Consider the following: On Aug. 1, CEO David Mitchell sells 40,000 shares of company stock in a transaction valued at $734,000. On Aug. 12, JDS Uniphase lowers its outlook, saying its current quarter sales will be as much as … Continue reading

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A ‘Worthington’ Idea

EMS firm Worthington Assembly last week announced a deal to market its EMS services via CircuitHub. WAI is a small EMS company located in Western Massachusetts. Like many in the sub-$20 million space, WAI’s owners double as its salesmen, and … Continue reading

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M&A is Here to Stay

There’s been a flurry of EMS acquisition activity of late, with Natel’s acquisition of EPIC Technologies and Benchmark’s pickup of Suntron and CTS among the larger deals. Lincoln International, an M&A advisor, counts nine transactions in the fourth quarter alone, … Continue reading

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Benchmark’s Latest Acquisition

Is Benchmark’s acquisition of CTS a good move? Yes, it says here, and for multiple reasons. In no particular order: 1. Profits. Benchmark says the acquisition will be accretive starting in fiscal 2014, which suggests they think they can make … Continue reading

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Wistron On the Move

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: EMS companies don’t sit still. Notebook ODMs, faced with falling demand and profits, are not going gently into the good night. Flextronics dumped the PC ODM business a couple years ago to … Continue reading

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Slowdown at Foxconn

Could PCs do what the rest of the EMS industry could not — derail the Foxconn train? Over the past decade, Foxconn has been practically unstoppable. Not a backlash against China, outrage over dozens of worker suicides, at least two … Continue reading

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The Top 50 EMS Companies Chat

The electronics manufacturing services industry in 2012 saw something of a changing of the guard as major European players like Elcoteq, ElectronicNetwork and SRI Radio Systems dropped off the map, and dependable stalwart industries like military and PCs experienced slow … Continue reading

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The Biggest of the Big

Coming next week, the annual CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY Top 50 EMS providers. Who were the biggest gainers and fallers? We will have the full story for you on April 1.    

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Nam Tai Joins $1B Club

It’s flown way under the radar but Nam Tai just became the newest member of the EMS $1 billion club, joining 13 other companies (not including the major Taiwanese ODMs like Quanta, Wistron and Compal). The company crossed the threshold … Continue reading

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