SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

April 20, 2010 11:00 ET

Product Cost Savings Achieved With a Focus on PCB Design

Leading Companies Reduce Product Cost by 11%

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2010) - New research from Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), titled "Why Printed Circuit Board Design Matters to the Executive" uncovers successful ways to execute printed circuit board (PCB) design strategies in ways that affect the top and bottom line.

In today's competitive market place, companies are looking for new ways to differentiate their products. As a result, electronics have become a critical component of product development. The study reveals that a focus on the design of the PCB, an often overlooked part of the development process, offers a strategic advantage.

"On average, companies report that the PCB represents 31% of the overall cost of the product," reports Michelle Boucher, research analyst in Aberdeen's Product Innovation and Engineering practice. "The most successful companies who are most profitable have invested in PCB design processes that enable them to decrease product cost by 11%, while their competitors have actually seen increases of 5% - 12% in product cost. Clearly, improving the PCB design process has a significant effect on the bottom line."

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