ORIGINAL DESIGN MANUFACTURERS VIABLE ALTERNATIVE/DISTINCT BUSINESS PRACTICESAuthor: Charlie Barnhart
Company: Technology Forecasters, Inc.
Date Published: 2/25/2005 Conference: Pan Pacific Symposium
Additionally, while it's generally held that the ODM industry is an Asian based activity there are in fact ODMs located in all the major industrial geographies; including North America, Europe, the near East and other Asian locations.
With that said, it's undeniably true that the vast majority of this activity (certainly over 80%) takes place in Asia and primarily from within very few key geography; including Taiwan, Hong Kong and to a lesser degree Korea. Further, while the use of ODMs has dramatically increased over the past five years, and the trend is expected to continue, less than a majority of OEMs have either incorporated or yet gained significant experience in this approach.
Therefore, in this writing we will use a "comparative methodology" leveraging the high level of experience most OEMs have with EMS (or Contract Manufacturing) in identifying and reviewing the distinct business practices of ODMs.
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