"There" is wherever the consumers are as regionalization becomes the new watchword for the E/E industry. That is according to a new study conducted to compare the relative attractiveness of Mexico and China as destinations for electronics manufacturing services (EMS) investment. According to the study, Mexico may be the preferred location for manufacturing of these devices if the market to be served is North America.
The study was conducted by Eric Miscoll, a researcher and principal at Charlie Barnhart & Associates, a consulting firm focused on providing information on the cost drivers and risks associated with global electronics manufacturing.
One of the main themes of the Charlie Barnhart & Associates study is regionalization. "The trend of electronics manufacturing is regionalization. The data that we have collected over the last couple of years verifies this. Electronics OEMs are building in a region for a region," explains Miscoll. For plastics processors with customers in the electronics/electrical industry, such a trend may mean they not only require a global footprint, but also have the design and manufacturing flexibility to make different parts/systems in different regions. Profitably, of course....