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Analysis of the Electronic Manufacturing Services Market

  • June 2014
  • 62 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 2201108


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Smart Factories and the Use of Robotics will Transform Demand

This deliverable analyzes growth opportunities for electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in the industrial automation field with respect to the future of smart factories and robotics. The scope of the study includes market drivers and restraints, pricing trends, and growth trends for EMS providers in industrial automation. It evaluates manufacturing trends as well as Mega Trends that will have an effect on the market. The study also includes a competitive analysis and implications of value chain partners, geographic trends, technology trends, and opportunities for electronic manufacturing providers in the factory of the future. The base year is 2013; the forecast period is 2014 to 2020.

Market Overview

-The penetration rate of robotic technology and smart factory features is still less than %.
-The electronic manufacturing service (EMS) market offers significant opportunities for growth and the potential for an elevated role of a strategic partner.
-Differentiating factors will include scalable manufacturing and innovative manufacturing technologies. EMS providers must demonstrate that their internal manufacturing capabilities are in line with evolving electronics designs, and that their expertise extends beyond manufacturing services.

Top Trends

The rise of new technologies capable of integrating devices into a connected platform with machine-to-machine (M2M) capabilities will enhance manufacturing techniques and minimize errors.

Due to price sensitivity and minimization of floor space, manufacturing equipment will increase integration capacity and multi-tasking ability. Robotics will help in the creation of versatile systems.

Big Data
The amount of data being captured and shared real-time during the manufacturing process will increase because of cloud-based technology.

Low-cost Alternates
Cost containment will be of prime importance as EMS providers struggle with poor profit margins while enhancing brand as partners promote innovation in manufacturing technologies that can provide flexibility and quality at fractions of the cost.


-EMS providers are increasingly contending with rising manufacturing costs and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) price pressures. This has caused them to look internally for smart, cost-saving strategies that also act as technology enablers.
-Electronics design, functionality, and component sizes will evolve rapidly. These innovations will have a direct effect on manufacturing techniques.
-Frost & Sullivan research found that smart and artificial intelligence-based production will be the norm through 2020.
-Power generation and smart grids will play vital roles in defining green and energy-efficient manufacturing techniques by 2020.
-EMS providers, although known for their manufacturing prowess, must be diligent about maintaining flexible and responsive production.
-Forecasting mismatches and dynamic OEM orders constantly challenge EMS providers’ resource planning and optimization strategies.
-Providers face ever-increasing pressures for fully automated manufacturing sites, zero-tolerance for defects, and converging OEM and contract manufacturing models.
-The future will be adaptive, flexible, and scalable manufacturing with smaller production runs and increased dependence on robotic technology and artificial intelligence.
-Many manufacturers have learned hard lessons from carrying too much inventory or having long lead times. Neither situation bodes well for EMS providers’ competitive positioning or profit margins.
-While surface mount technology (SMT) lines are becoming more sophisticated with sensor technology and software platforms, more isolation remains among machine communications.
-Smart factories and increased automation are becoming common in the EMS market. Many EMS providers are automating and using robotics to lower labor costs and to create smart factories.
-This research will delve into current adoption of automation and robotics in the EMS market, the path toward smart factories, the value chain, and success strategies.

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