Future Electronics recently released the Q4 2019 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.
Are you looking for a qualified electronics manufacturing service to partner with? Being able to differentiate between the best manufacturers and those that fall short can be a challenge. If you're not exactly sure what non-negotiables to look for, we've put together these nine factors that you should insist upon before partnering with an electronics contract manufacturer.
Mission Critical No. 1: Industry Experience
It is always in your best interest to partner with a contract manufacturing company that has an extensive history in the electronics industry. Those businesses that are well-established can be counted upon to provide high quality work, and will take pride in each board that they design and produce. Don't hesitate to ask your prospective manufacturer about how long they have been in business, who their core customers are, awards they have received, etc.
Avnet recently released the Q3 2019 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.
Exceptional program management is the key to a successful relationship between customer and Contract Manufacturer.
Zentech is qualified to ensure sustained high-quality program performance due to our experience and knowledge of planning, change management, quality management, staffing, and reporting requirements. We have an exceptional track record of applying recognized best practices that exceed our clients’ expectations.
Zentech's approach to program management is guided by our established project management process, as well as the PMI and PMBOK disciplines. The knowledge, skills, and abilities of our management team enable us to successfully oversee and track the technical performance of each program activity, including cost and schedule, in order to avoid delays and quickly resolve issues.
The Trump administration is praising IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® and several of its member companies for their efforts to expand the skilled workforce.
On July 25, an IPC group took part in a White House event marking the first anniversary of President Trump’s Executive Order to develop a national strategy to expand the skilled workforce. The event took stock of the progress made under that executive order and the related Pledge to America’s Workers, which called on private sector companies to step up their workforce upskilling efforts.
IPC responded to the President’s challenge by reviewing its education programs and seeking ways to grow and innovate. As a result, IPC last October joined in the pledge and made a commitment to create 1 million new skilled workforce opportunities over five years. Since then, IPC has made unprecedented, multi-million-dollar investments in its already-extensive educational programs, including trainings and valuable certifications for adult workers; new university chapters and electronics courses; new curricula and outreach aimed at students in middle and high school; and establishing the IPC Education Foundation, which prepares students for rewarding careers by supplying learning opportunities focused on electronics manufacturing and improving the perception of manufacturing as a stable and well-paid sector.
Future Electronics recently released the Q3 2019 Market Conditions Report for the electronics industry.
Zentech is proud to announce that our very own John Vaughan is a nominee for the SMTA Board of Directors!
Four SMTA director positions will be filled for the term 2019 – 2022. We would like to encourage you to review the candidates now!
Voting ends soon and your participation will help shape the future of the SMTA and the electronics industry.
Nolan Johnson of iConnect007 talks to Steve Pudles about the recent acquisition of Zentech Manufacturing Inc. by BlackBern Partners LLC and Zentech management. Steve, also an investor in Zentech, steps in as the incoming CEO of the new organization and discusses the deal, his new role, changes to management, and the company's plans post-sale.
Nolan Johnson: Congratulations on the acquisition of Zentech and your new role. What is your plan moving forward as CEO?
Steve Pudles: The company will continue to be flexible, responsive, and all the things that we learned in diligence that impressed us and confirmed that we were acquiring a first-class company. Nothing is anticipated to change in that respect. The only changes long term will be to take all of the things the company does well, look at some of the systems and tools that we deploy, and attempt to improve the automation levels of data transfers, scheduling, manufacturing executions, software, better usage of some of the ERP tools. We want to give customers a marked improvement on what they already like.
Johnson: Overall, you’re working on creating a tighter, more optimized manufacturing flow to give more options to your customers.
Pudles: The thing that’s important is that during diligence, we discovered that the customers had nothing but positive things to say regarding the performance of the company in the view of the customers. When you talk about optimizing, we’re going to improve and put things in place that are going to allow us to be more productive, but all it’s going to be is accelerating and advancing the things that are already being done well; I’m just going to make them be done well better (laughs).
Also, this is not a turnaround or a fire sale. This was a solid transaction that allowed BlackBern Partners and me to get involved in a company that is an outstanding base to both organically grow and geographically expand within the mil/aero and medical markets. We anticipate keeping the company focused on the markets that they’ve done well in, including high-reliability mil/aero and medical. We would like to put in more of that here in Baltimore and Virginia and expand with other key, strategic acquisitions as we identify them.
Blackbern teams with Zentech Management and industry veteran Steve Pudles to accelerate effort to build leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider for Defense, Aerospace, Medical and other high-reliability industries
Baltimore, MD. and Fredericksburg, VA. – May 13, 2019 –Zentech Manufacturing, Inc., announced today that it has been acquired by BlackBern Partners LLC in partnership with Zentech Management and incoming CEO Steve Pudles.
Mr. Pudles has a thirty-year track record building EMS businesses with industry-leading technology, process, quality and customer service. He is a twenty-year member and past chairman of the Board of Directors of the IPC (Association Connecting Electronics Industries). Outgoing Zentech CEO and President, Matt Turpin, remains with Zentech as an advisor and investor. All members of the senior management team will remain with Zentech post acquisition.