OEMs competing on the international market for high-mix, low-volume, high-complexity machines have been outsourcing the manufacturing of sub-assemblies and non-core submodules to strategic suppliers for quite some time and they are outsourcing the design and development of the equipment they manufacture as well. What they're doing in fact, is giving suppliers full responsibility for these modules, from design through to manufacturing. This shift is driving suppliers to push their own boundaries in terms of feasibility and responsibility, and to extend their reach across international borders.
Tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers in the high-tech supply chain in the Netherlands have joined forces to create Brainport Industries. Its members deliver a fertile ground and a solid structure for collaborative projects related to technology, markets and people. It provides a continuing flow of knowledge workers and experts and enables suppliers to increase their output and grow into market leaders.