The manufacturing landscape, especially in the electronics industry, might be called, at worst, volatile, or at best, lively. Electronics OEMs are managing a combination of business growth, demand changes, and more. It’s important to weigh the benefits against the potential downsides carefully before deciding to relocate.
Moving manufacturing to a new location requires more than just a new building or location. Organizations should consider that a move may demand other kinds of changes as well, including:
- Changes to the organizational operating or service models.
- Reductions or increases to labor force.
- Consolidation or expansion of the physical workspace.
If a move is deemed to be the best path forward, careful planning is critical. It’s important to give the organization plenty of lead time and build the relocation team carefully. Include a broad variety of people in the planning and don’t forget to involve human resources, health and safety, and union reps on the team. That’s when the to-do list gets really long:
- Figure out who is going to do what.
- Hire experienced project managers, contractors and advisors.
- Create and cross check drawings of both the current and new factories.
- Audit and document your machinery.
- Review your supply chain with an eye toward how a move will impact it.
- Build out a relocation schedule.
- Create a schedule of work with detailed instructions.
- Consider potential areas for improvement.
There are many reasons that a move may be in the best interest of the organization, even in light of all the time and effort that it demands. In addition, a move to new manufacturing facility provides an opportunity to create new processes and workflows that allow the organization to do more and to improve quality at the same time.
Take a look at the infographic below from CNC Exchange for more information about why organizations may choose to move and what steps they should take.