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7 Key Factors Procurement Managers Consider When Choosing an EMS Provider, Box Build or PCBA Manufacturer

PCBA Procurement

Located in North America, Asia, and Europe, Ark Electronics works with Procurement teams across a wide variety of industries, providing high to low-volume PCBA (Printed Circuit Board Assembly) and end-to-end Electronics Manufacturing Solutions (EMS).  Collaborating with our customers, we’ve learned that there are several key factors they consider when choosing a Provider.

    1. Quality and Reliability

Procurement professionals prioritize manufacturers with a proven track record of delivering high-quality, reliable PCBAs and manufacturing services. This includes assessing the manufacturer’s quality management systems, certifications (such as ISO 9001), and adherence to industry standards (such as IPC-A-610 for acceptability of electronic assemblies).

Ark Electronics emphasizes 5-Sigma quality and service. Our manufacturing sites have earned critical certifications such as ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO14001, ISO27001, ISO45001. and IATF 16949. This ensures safety, security, and information protection – crucial for our North American and European clients manufacturing in Asia.

    1. Cost Competitiveness

While quality is paramount, cost considerations remain important. Procurement buyers are likely to compare quotes from different manufacturers to ensure they are getting competitive pricing without compromising quality.

Because of our flexible approach and optimal efficiency, Ark is confident that we can deliver the best-landed cost at a superior quality compared to our competitors.  Put us to the test, and let us quote your next project.

    1. Supply Chain Resilience

As mentioned earlier, supply chain resilience is critical. Procurement professionals are evaluating manufacturers’ supply chain capabilities, including supplier relationships, inventory management practices, and risk mitigation strategies to ensure continuity of supply.

95% of materials are sourced within local proximity to our three China-based production facilities, which optimizes logistics.

    1. Lead Times and Flexibility

With increasing demand and supply chain disruptions, lead times have become more critical. Procurement teams are looking for manufacturers offering shorter lead times and flexibility to accommodate changing requirements or unexpected fluctuations in demand.

In addition to being near the world’s largest supply chain centers, our manufacturing facilities in China are strategically located near major ports, airports, and rail links for North America and Europe.

    1. Technology and Innovation

Procurement professionals want to work with manufacturers that leverage advanced technologies and innovative manufacturing processes. This includes surface mount technology (SMT), through-hole assembly, advanced packaging techniques, and testing capabilities.

Combining technical expertise with agile manufacturing processes, Ark enables our customers to create original products and solutions at scale. By researching and applying the latest technologies, we anticipate our partners’ changing needs and provide the assurance they require to remain competitive and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Ark’s advanced production capabilities utilize innovative manufacturing practices and cutting-edge technology. Our assembly lines are equipped to handle the latest component technologies, ensuring precision, efficiency, and coordination throughout manufacturing. With Ark, every detail is meticulously managed from design to final delivery, ensuring superior quality and timely delivery for each customer’s innovative solution.

    1. Environmental and Social Responsibility

Sustainability and ethical considerations are gaining importance in procurement decisions. Buyers may prefer manufacturers that demonstrate commitment to environmental sustainability, responsible sourcing practices, and compliance with regulations such as RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive) and REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals).

    1. Customer Service and Support

Procurement buyers value vital customer service and support from manufacturers. This includes responsiveness to inquiries, technical support, after-sales service, and clear communication throughout the production process.

At Ark, we partner with our global customers to fully understand your electronic manufacturing needs. Our North American and European-based leadership is committed to clear communication and accurate interpretation of your requirements, allowing for a collaborative and agile approach that overcomes the challenges of overseas manufacturing. Our turnkey service offering means that we can manufacture complete, integrated, and tested products across multiple sites in Asia, Europe, or North America.

Overall, procurement teams are looking for PCBA and contract manufacturers that can offer a combination of high-quality products, competitive pricing, supply chain resilience, technological capabilities, and commitment to sustainability and customer service. Making informed decisions based on these factors can help ensure successful partnerships and the timely delivery of quality electronic assemblies.

If your company is looking for a recognized PCBA, EMS, or contract manufacturer, consider Ark Electronics!

Ark prides itself on creating long-term, collaborative, win-win partnerships with each of our global customers to produce high-quality electronic products at scale. Whether it is our precision Printed Circuit Board Assemblies (PCBA) or complete Electronic Manufacturing Service (EMS) solutions, we deliver on our mission—the first time, every time.

Our global customers value Ark’s highly trained and skilled associates, superior manufacturing knowledge, rigorous quality control processes, and advanced production technologies. They also appreciate and trust our experienced and resourceful North American and European teams’ ability to manage a seamless manufacturing experience end-to-end, efficiently, and effectively. This is a unique and successful combination in the industry.

Let us quote your next electronics project here.

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