What will 2019 hold for electronics manufacturing? We’ve got some smart predictions for you

29 January 2019


For the past 3 years, SMS – Smart Made Simple has enjoyed year-on-year growth. Even through turbulent times, the company has remained profitable and financially stable. As the industry kicks off a new year, SMS looks back through 2018 – and looks ahead to 2019.

During 2018, UK-based electronics manufacturing service (EMS) provider, SMS – Smart Made Simple focused on differentiating its core competencies with developmental customers and confident leadership. In September 2018, Andrew Maddock, Managing Director of SMS, decided to invest in industry-leading talent, with the appointment of Andy Elms as Head of Manufacturing.

Over the past 12 months, SMS has opened new market possibilities as a respected EMS provider for new and emerging developmental companies, including electronics start-ups.

During 2018, SMS determined that by making the right investments in the right people, processes and technology, it would be able to offer a compelling solution to a technology cluster of customers whose market requirements were not being fulfilled.

Looking across the traditional electronics manufacturing space into non-traditional, SMS has become known industry-wide for its work in medical and industrial markets. These markets share unique characteristics, such as high complexity and high configurability, suitable only for high reliability certified low-to-medium volume production environments.

In today’s complex business environment, SMS has redoubled its efforts and increased its focus on innovation. Non-traditional EMS sectors, such as industrial and medical electronics, continue to be stronger industry growth drivers for SMS. Examining the production lifecycle to understand where else SMS could add-value and ‘stickiness’ led to strategic partnerships being formed. This helped ensure a complete end-to-end service, offering vertical integration capabilities.

2018 can be described as a year of strategic awareness and change, aligned with the rapid pace of technological advancements, innovation and the market environment. So, what about 2019?

SMS is confident in the outlook for 2019, based on the company’s strengthening wins, momentum and record funnel. Economic and political influences, such as China’s slowed growth and increased labour costs, and a renewed focus on UK manufacturing, help to position SMS as the regional/local EMS partner, who makes total landed cost sense, can deliver on product quality and production yield, while operating in their customers’ local language, time-zone and culture. 

In conclusion, as SMS looks ahead into 2019, the company also remains committed to its community social responsibility, with a focus on education, job training and charity work.

Andrew Maddock, CEO, SMS – Smart Made Simple commented, “SMS will continue to move forward to enable tomorrow’s future.”

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