Industrial journalist, TR Cutler recently spoke with Andrew Schutte, General Manager of COUNTERPART about the dramatic increase of customized, engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing. The article was featured in Manufacturing Tomorrow magazine. Read the article here.
Currently more than half of all manufacturers produce non-standardized SKUs and finished goods. These are custom manufacturers rather than repetitive manufacturers. Due to the customer demand for customization one-of-a-kind manufacturing has never been stronger; there has been a 100% increase in ETO manufacturing over the past fifteen years.
According to Cutler, ETO has grown because of both customer customization demand as well as the fact that these projects produce significantly higher margins if managed correctly. Technology gains from efficient software systems, specifically ERP have improved for ETO manufacturers. The customer is heavily involved throughout the entire design and manufacturing process and only engineering-driven manufacturers can effectively navigate the inherent changes characteristic of the ETO environment.
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Thomas R. Cutler is the President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., the largest manufacturing communication firm worldwide with four dozen industry experts and thought leaders on staff. Cutler is celebrating the 21-year anniversary of the Manufacturing Media Consortium.
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