SOURCE: Riverwood Solutions

Riverwood Solutions

September 21, 2011 03:00 ET

Riverwood Solutions Announces Outsourced Manufacturing Academy Europe 2011

Academy Provides Education, Best Practices, and Tools for Success in Outsourced Manufacturing

MENLO PARK, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 21, 2011) - Riverwood Solutions, the innovator in managed supply chain services and operations consulting, today announced the Outsourced Manufacturing Academy Europe 2011, a series of professional training courses designed to provide industry participants with the next level of knowledge needed to work and manage effectively in a world where outsourced manufacturing has become the dominant supply chain model.

This will be the Academy's second offering of 2011, following its successful June debut in Austin, TX. Past attendees include Amazon, Creation Technologies, Dell, Jabil, Nikon, and Starkey Labs. According to industry executives who attended, Riverwood Solutions' presenters "are clearly well versed in the EMS industry" and "have the top notch ability to communicate their insights in a meaningful way."

"Understanding & Managing Outsourced Manufacturing" will be held November 9th-10th, 2011, at the World Trade Centre in Zurich, Switzerland. Attendees will have the choice of a one day course, or an extended two day version. Specifically designed for both OEM and EMS participants, the course will help attendees develop in-depth knowledge of outsourced manufacturing models, the global EMS industry, geographic considerations, and value stream strategies for improving the value of an outsourced manufacturing strategy. Topics to be covered by our industry expert instructors include:

  • Economic models and risk stratification.
  • Outsourcing models from EMS to CDM/JDM and ODM.
  • Geographic landscape of outsourced manufacturing 2011-2015.
  • Decision matrix for outsourcing in inefficient markets.
  • Contract structures, negotiations, and normative terms.
  • Beyond unit price; OCOGS and total supply chain costs.
  • Managing outsourced manufacturing for high performance.
  • Operational excellence in the age of outsourcing.

"The prevalence of outsourced manufacturing as the dominant production model in electronics has created a decoupling of the sources of innovation from the sources of production that presents significant challenges for OEMs and service providers alike. Our work with a broad cross-section of both OEMs and EMS providers has provided Riverwood Solutions with a unique perspective and unparalleled experience set to draw upon in creating practical educational materials that can help all industry participants to be more successful -- regardless of which side of the table they are on. The Outsourced Manufacturing Academy provides participants with the latest information, insight and tools to be successful in today's outsourced manufacturing world," remarked Ron Keith, CEO Riverwood Solutions.

About the Course and Presenters
The course was designed by Riverwood Solutions CEO Ron Keith. The material will be presented by senior Riverwood executives from the US and Europe; among them, Ron Keith, CEO, and Jeff Wallingford, Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy, were named to the 2011 list of the top 100 "Pros to Know" in Supply Chain Management. "Ron's unique and extremely relevant experience brings a refreshing perspective to the subject of outsourcing and operations strategy," says Mike McNamara, CEO of Electronic Manufacturing Services firm Flextronics. Chuck Durnberger at Apple says, "Ron has tremendous experience and understands all aspects of the EMS industry, from the perspective of both the supplier and the customer."

Course Registration Information
More information on the course, and registration can be found at: For their participation and successful completion of the course, attendees may be eligible for Continuing Education Credits from a number of professional organizations.

About Riverwood Solutions
Riverwood Solutions ( helps OEMs improve supply chain performance, optimize their operations, and maximize the value of their outsourced relationships. The company provides consulting and managed operations services to technology product companies. Riverwood's team of former electronics manufacturing industry executives and professionals has decades of international experience in negotiating contracts and pricing, launching products, running operations, and managing outsourced supply chains. The company's proprietary HOST(SM) (Hybrid Outsourced Services Team) Model provides highly skilled local resources to help OEMs manage their supply base and improve supply chain performance without adding fixed costs or internal infrastructure. Headquartered in Menlo Park, CA, Riverwood Solutions designs, implements, and manages global supply chains from offices in the USA, Mexico, Switzerland, and China.

Contact Information

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