Consumer products are growing not only in performance and capabilities, but also in manufacturing complexity. Jabil's vertical capabilities in design engineering and manufacturing, our rapid ramp-up of new technologies, and our unrivaled track record with the world's most popular brands make us the premier partner for consumer industries. Our solutions combine high-volume production with cutting-edge mechanical design and precision machining without sacrificing quality or product design.
To compete in the digital age, consumer device designers need to consider:
Increasingly, devices use antennas, power sources, and other elements mounted in a wide variety of materials such as glass, textiles, plastics, and ceramics. They require custom, innovative design and precision manufacturing using advanced techniques in injection molding and metal and plastic decoration. And with high-volume consumer items, the pressure to bring a product — hopefully, the next must-have gadget — to market rapidly is enormous. The supply chain, from material management through shipping, must perform flawlessly to return profits while volumes soar and prices fall.
One particularly vital resource for consumer product industries is additive manufacturing (3D printing). This technology enables extraordinarily fast prototyping of products, components, and injection-mold tooling. With fast prototyping, designers can iterate more often and perfect their work before it goes to high-volume production. It also enables low-volume production runs for test-marketing efforts.