IDC’s New Program Explores the Manufacturing Challenges and Opportunities Facing OEMs and CMs

FRAMINGHAM, MA – DECEMBER 11, 2000 — To help its customers negotiate the increasingly complex manufacturing market, IDC today announced the launch of a new program, Contract Manufacturing Services. This continuous information service is designed to support OEMs and contract manufacturers (CMs). Its primary focus will be in covering contract manufacturing trends in a variety of technology segments including telecommunications, networking, computers, peripherals, consumer devices, and servers and storage.


"Manufacturing is becoming much more demanding _ product lines are diversifying, time-to-market is becoming even more critical, and volumes are rapidly expanding," said Kevin Kane, manager of this new program. "OEMs are being challenged to either invest in additional manufacturing infrastructure or turn to contract manufacturers for assistance. As a result, the contract manufacturing industry grew to $75 billion in 1999, and we expect it to approach the $100 billion mark in 2000."

OEMs and CMs will each benefit from the insight provided by this program. OEMs will become familiar with the strengths and strategies of leading contract manufacturers in a variety of technology markets, and CMs will receive the strategic information they need to develop their road maps and improve their market positioning.

"Subscribers to IDC's Contract Manufacturing Services program will gain valuable insight into the underlying changes taking place in the manufacturing industry," Kane said. "The program delves into the challenges confronting OEMs and the resulting opportunities for CMs." To learn more about this new program and how IDC's high-impact analysis can help you make the right decisions to ensure your company's success and market positioning, contact Patrick Steeves at 1-800-343-4952, or at

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