Indeed conventional wisdom, which just a few years ago had stuck a
fork in western electronics manufacturers, is coming around.
Leading minds at places like the Harvard Business School now argue
manufacturing is vital--vital not just for its own sake but for improving design.
Without that tight feedback loop, design can't be optimized as
quickly as it should be, they say.
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Here are five perspectives from selected contract manufacturers
around the country, many of whom have spent the Great Recession
investing in new equipment to become more competitive with rivals
For Tony Hamby, general manager of Micross Components (Orlando, Fla.), Asia's "strength is also (its) limitation."
"They are set up for extremely high volumes. We are set up for people who want to experiment and develop an entrepreneurial approach to building products," he said.
Here's more of my talk with Hamby (additional perspectives are on subsequent pages):