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IMI opens subsidiary in Tokyo

Posted: 27 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:front-end design? electronics manufacturing service? product development?

Philippine-based EMS company Integrated Microelectronics Inc. (IMI) recently opened its Japan subsidiaryIMI Japan Inc.located in Kandaogawamachi, Chiyoda-ku.

The company upgraded its sales office in Tokyo to a subsidiary which will focus on building relationships with Japan-based OEMs and serve as frond-end design and products development center, according to IMI president and CEO Arthur Tan. He added that IMI's Japanese engineers can collaborate with OEMs on product development projects, acting as technical bridge between the customers and the company's centers in the Philippines, Singapore, China and the U.S.

"Japanese customers are our main source of revenues. They account for 53 percent of revenues of the IMI group of companies," Tan said. "Japanese have become more receptive of the idea of relying on EMS partners to reduce manufacturing and product development costs although they have not embraced it as much as their counterparts in the United States and Western Europe."

The use of outsourcing partners by Japan-based OEMs has gained momentum over the last three years. Japan's outsourcing industry posted total revenues of $7.1 billion in 2005 based on the "Worldwide Electronics Manufacturing Services Market" report of Electronic Trend Publications. It is expected to grow to a $13-billion industry by 2010.

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