Trends in Manufacturing, such as Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs), Lead to Collaboration and Consulting-Like Services, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

In an interesting development, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) of a wide range of products and components, from computers to hard drives to automobile components, now consult intensely with their clients in the product development phase, prior to providing the actual manufacturing.  This has led to the evolution of some OEMs into ODMs (original design manufacturers).  These ODMs consult with, design for and then manufacture for their clients. For example, an ODM might determine the needs for an in-dash stereo/radio system of an automaker client, design the system and finally manufacture the system.  The automobile industry has become an environment in…

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