Flextronics CEO Reiterates US Potential PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Buetow   
Monday, 07 January 2013 09:10

NEW YORK -- Flextronics CEO Mike McNamara on Friday reiterated comments that manufacturing – even for high volume products – could be headed back to the US.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, McNamara said EMS companies will likely target regional manufacturing strategies, making goods closer to where they are sold. His comments are consistent with those of many analysts and industry-watchers.

McNamara noted the logistics costs, IP concerns and time-to-market as vectors for the shifting attitude toward production in the West. He said the need to protect intellectual property could even spill over to high-volume products such as smartphones.

While Flextronics maintains about 75% of its capacity offshore, it has pumped $10 million into capital improvements in the US of late, the Journal reported. Flextronics maintains printed circuit board fabrication and assembly operations onshore, including Multek's flexible circuit operations. McNamara added that Flextronics could add some one million sq. ft. of production space to its current four million sq. ft. in the US over the next five years.

McNamara had made similar comments at the Raymond James IT supply chain conference in mid December.


Last Updated on Monday, 07 January 2013 12:42


Eastern-US: China’s New Competitor?

Parity emerges among EMS Factories from Asia, Mexico and the US.

For the first time in years we see parity in the Eastern US among EMS factories from Asia, Mexico and the US. This EMS market condition will permit American OEMs (the EMS industry refers to OEMs as customers) to have more EMS pathways to choose from. Now more than ever, such EMS assignments will require deeper investigation relating to the OEMs’ evaluation of manufacturing strategies.

The Human Touch

For those who count on the electronics industry for big feats, it’s been a remarkable couple of years.



Advances in Concentration Monitoring and Closed-Loop Control

Contaminated bath water skews refractive index results. New technology can accurately measure aqueous cleaning agent concentration.

Circuits Disassembly: Materials Characterization and Failure Analysis

A systematic approach to nonconventional methods of encapsulant removal.





CB Login



English French German Italian Portuguese Russian Spanish


Panasonic Debuts PanaCIM Maintenance with Augmented Reality
PanaCIM Maintenance with Augmented Reality software provides instant communication and information to factory technicians -- when and where it is needed -- so they can respond to factory needs more...