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Resilinc

August 20, 2013 07:30 ET

Global Supply Chain Risk Is Concentrated and Concealed in Sub-Tier Suppliers According to New Findings From Resilinc

Resilinc Also Announces Continuing Strong Momentum in First Half of 2013

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 20, 2013) - Resilinc Corp., the leading provider of supply chain resiliency solutions, today announced that leading global supply chains have become dependent on the same small group of sub-tier suppliers -- concentrating the risk and increasing the potential for crippling supply chain disruptions. Additionally, because this sub-tier supplier concentration is occurring deeper in their global supply chains, many large organizations are not aware of the risks involved. As a result, they are not adequately prepared to mitigate those risks to ensure global supply resiliency.

Resilinc's findings are based on a subset of its unique global supply chain mapping data from hundreds of suppliers across thousands of supplier sites spread over 50 countries. A detailed analysis of the data was performed in order to identify specific industry trends to assist clients in improving supply chain resiliency planning and sourcing tactics. While the study focused on the high-tech and automotive industries, many of the sub-tier suppliers analyzed also support other global industries.

Resilinc specifically focused the analysis on sub-tiers since risks of disruption can often be hidden deep in the global supply chain of large client organizations. The analysis helps Resilinc's clients respond to their executives' questions and concerns regarding cross-industry supply chain risk trends and strategies that might be used to lower risk, especially from sub-tier suppliers. Resilinc clients are also concerned about the scalability and vulnerabilities of their multi-tier supplier chain when planning new product launches.

The analysis found that global supply chain risk does tend to be concentrated in certain sub-tier suppliers and localities, posing increased disruption risk potential to the companies exposed to those dependencies. More specifically, in the high-tech and automotive supply chain, a vast majority of suppliers are dependent on sites that are owned by just four suppliers: Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC), Amkor Technology, ASE and United Microelectronics (UMC).

Resilinc found that a number of companies are highly dependent on these sub-tier suppliers but do not always have the visibility to quantify the degree of dependency and accurately understand their exposure. Additionally, Resilinc found that more than 50% of all sites analyzed are located in just four countries: Taiwan, China, the USA and Japan. The study further found that a high degree of supplier factory aggregation in a relatively small sub-set of regions creates global supply chain hotspots, and many of these hotspots for high-tech and automotive suppliers are in areas known for susceptibility to natural disasters.

For example, the massive earthquake and resulting tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan in 2011 "highlighted the world's dependence on electronic components made in the country," as pointed out in The Wall Street Journal at that time.

"The results of our sub-tier supply chain analysis underline the critical need for deeper sub-tier dependency insights based on the comprehensive business intelligence Resilinc is able to provide. Sourcing, procurement and supply chain executives need greater visibility into their suppliers' global footprint and site locations, sub-contractor and sub-tier supplier dependencies, site activities, part's origin, alternate sites, recovery times, emergency contacts and business continuity planning (BCP) information. Resilinc's clients are harnessing this intelligence and gaining visibility on an on-going basis so that supply chain resiliency can be institutionalized across the board," said Bindiya Vakil, CEO of Resilinc.

These findings demonstrate how Resilinc's data content and supply network enable powerful cross-industry insights. Resilinc provides access to extensive supplier sub-tier dependency intelligence with security, ease of adoption and scalability in mind. Resilinc SupplyIntel customers can leverage visibility information previously published by supplier partners. Supplier partners can publish information in a central repository, and then securely share the information with approved Resilinc customers. This capability speeds time to value for the entire Resilinc community, lowers the cost of resiliency and allows all participants to leverage a best-in-class resiliency capability.

Resilinc Continues Strong Momentum in First Half 2013

Resilinc reported that in the first half of 2013 it experienced strong customer expansion and growth:

  • New enterprise multi-year customers, all leading global industry brands. New customers include a global leader in audio products and a global leader in biotechnology. These are customers that committed to long-term improvement of supply chain resiliency using Resilinc SupplyIntel™ and Resilinc EventWatch™.
  • Expanded customer relationships. Customers expanded their use of Resilinc supply chain resiliency solutions to address the due diligence challenges posed by the Conflict Minerals provision of Dodd-Frank. Resilinc's solution helps ensure regulatory compliance through the collection, tracking and reporting on the use of gold, tungsten, tantalum and tin sources at the product and part level across multiple tiers of the supply chain.

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Resilinc is the leading provider of supply chain resiliency solutions and delivers scalable enterprise solutions that enable supply chain professionals to gain visibility across multiple tiers of their complex, global supply chains. With a comprehensive offering that encompasses multi-tier supply chain mapping, single points of failure analytics, global disruption event monitoring and management, mitigation workflow, and part-level supply chain compliance programs such as conflict minerals, Resilinc has become the leader in comprehensive supply chain resiliency solutions. Resilinc helps customers achieve supply chain resiliency through innovative and patent-pending technology, an extensive resiliency-driven supply network, and a proven comprehensive enterprise scale solution that delivers strong value to both clients and supplier partners. For more information, visit www.resilinc.com

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