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Monday, March 10 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The Intangible (& Uncalculated) Cost of Asia

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While overseas manufacturing provides inexpensive labor, lower component pricing, and (in some cases) lower development cost, without deeply experienced employees and trusted partners the savings may be not worth it. Beyond the calculable (though often unconsidered) costs of doing business abroad—freight, travel, delays, quality issues, etc.—are the intangible costs of developing and manufacturing products with off-shore partners—delays, communication difficulties, personal time spent abroad, and more. Before assuming that Asian manufacturing is the sole solution for hardware manufacturing, we should make a critical accounting of all the costs; in low volumes, the increased costs of off-shoring can exceed the apparent savings. We’ll dig into the details of manufacturing that are often overlooked, and talk about how stateside hardware production can be the right path for your product.

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Rob Bangerter

Manufacturing ConsultantRob Bangerter is an Operations Professional with extensive experience in Consumer Products. Rob has been involved in all aspects of operations from NPI to Reverse Logistics. He has worked in a wide variety of product categories and for industry leading brands... Read More →
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Sean McBeath

Mechanical Engineer/FounderIgor InstituteSean is the co-founder of Igor Institute, a product engineering firm focused on hardware startups and crowdfunded project development. Prior to Igor, Sean was a mechanical engineer at Synapse Product Development, and design engineer at Chef'n... Read More →

Monday March 10, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Austin Convention Center, Room 6AB 500 E Cesar Chavez St