By Brianne Lane, Office Administrator
Since 2010, URtech has been providing a comprehensive suite of EMS services to leading OEM companies. Its services extend from product concept to commercialization, supporting the entire product lifecycle. The company prides itself on building trusting relationships with customers that bring value and reliability to every partnership. With more than 100 years of combined leadership and experience, the company provides an unparalleled ecosystem as well as a custom Asia supply network.
In order to be present for customers and to actively compete in today’s global marketplace, the company has state-of-the-art manufacturing sites located in Toronto, Canada, Fort Lauderdale, FL and Guadalajara, Mexico, with a global supply chain team located in Shenzhen, China, managing mechanicals as well as the printed circuit board (PCB) and custom component supplier community.
Over the past decade, the company has expanded and strengthened the services it provides to ensure it meets – and exceeds – all of its customers’ needs. URtech is efficient, cost-effective and present. Its reputation for quality and flexibility is known around the world. Well-rounded and comprehensive services include:
• NPI: The company can take a customer’s product ideation from concept to commercialization with its focused approach that leverages internal and external partners with the knowledge and experience to move a product idea from prototype to production.
• Global Supply Chain Management: URtech provides turnkey solutions and its preference is to manage 100 percent of the supply network. The company’s supplier community is located both domestically and in Asia. Domestic suppliers are primarily the major franchised distributors to leverage bonded inventory and just-in-time (JIT) programs. PCB and mechanicals are available in Asia. This includes suppliers for plastics, metal fabrication, battery products, displays, cable/harness and PCBs. Asian suppliers are managed “in-country” and have local resources for ME/SQE, source inspection, factory auditing and logistics. Additionally, URtech uses online tools for BOM cleansing, market trend analysis and product lifecycle, along with automated PCN alerts. It alsooffers a full suite of logistics services that include management of FGI to a 3PL or direct to customer.
In order to be the strongest possible partner for its customers, the company provides programs and strategies that its competitors cannot. Two of these include URecosystem and URstart Labs.
URtech is ecosystem-driven because it knows that the successful future of manufacturing also is ecosystem-driven. Manufacturers must respond to the needs of highly demanding customers by building flexible “ecosystems” that leverage strategic partners and digital technologies to build a cohesive network of services, talent and ideas. Through manufacturing ecosystems, contractors and partners can play a greater role in innovation, product development cycles, production and distribution. This improves efficiencies while optimizing product and service levels from start to finish.
In addition to being ecosystem-driven, URtech is startup-friendly. The company has refined a program that removes the unknown from the equation of successfully launching new products. Traditional accelerators and incubators are a great way for startups to get known and be mentored for pitches, fundraising, marketing and business plans. But knowing how to actually go from product ideation to market is difficult. This is where URstart Labs and URtech Manufacturing come into play. URstart Labs enables North American hardware startups a platform to launch their products. Startups well down the path of initial investment, product design and market validation – 12 to 18 months out from mass production – have the opportunity to live in-house and leverage a real design to manufacturing environment, a place where product realization happens. “We certainly love startups and having the opportunity to give back to the hardware community,” said Wallace. The company founded URstart Labs five years ago and today it is housing, nurturing and manufacturing for a diverse group of startup companies.