Thinking Big About Miniaturization in Advanced Manufacturing

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In 2012, IBM created the world’s smallest movie, literally manipulating individual atoms to create a short animation. But IBM isn’t getting into the movie business – it is using animation to illustrate the control its scientists have gained over atoms. The real news is that IBM researchers can store a single bit of data on just twelve atoms where current computers require one million atoms to store that same bit of data. Continue Reading →

Will Virtual Devices Help Us Rethink Business?

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The sound of people typing away on laptops and keyboards, tapping the familiar, mechanical buttons fills offices around the world with a cacophony of click-click-clicks. The clock ticks rhythmically; accountants bang away on calculators; phones ring constantly. But offices just might get much quieter as virtual keyboard, clock, phone and calculator counterparts improve mobility, portability, reliability and even functionality. Just look at your smartphone — it has already combined these (and more) once separate physical devices. The trend is growing and it just might change the way we currently do business. Continue Reading →

Jabil Pleased With Second Quarter FY13 Results in Challenging Macro Environment

Despite facing considerable headwinds and a slowly recovering economy, Jabil’s CEO, Mark Mondello, is pleased with Jabil’s second quarter performance as he continues to expect solid long-term growth and significant market opportunities.

Revenue for the FY13 second quarter was $4.4 million, up 4.3 percent from revenue of $4.2 million in the FY12 second quarter. Additionally, Jabil achieved the mid-range of revenue guidance of $4.4 billion while posting $170 million of core operating income.

Jabil’s Enterprise and Infrastructure business grew 12 percent from a year ago and has continued to improve operating margins, with a 100 basis point increase on core operating margins year-on-year and 30 basis points sequentially. Continue Reading →

Jabil Acquires Nypro to Deepen Diversified Manufacturing Capabilities Globally

On February 4, 2013, Jabil announced the strategic acquisition of Clinton, Massachusetts-based Nypro, a provider of manufactured precision plastic products for customers in the Healthcare, Packaging and Consumer Electronics industries, with over $1 billion in total annual revenues. As markets shift and technology accelerates, customers count on their global manufacturing partners to have integrated capabilities tailored for the future. That’s why Jabil’s acquisition of Nypro is important. The acquisition not only provides new long-term solutions for current Jabil customers but also immediately supports Nypro customers. Continue Reading →

Jabil Renames Corporate Headquarters in Honor of Bill Morean

On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Jabil’s Board resolved to recognize Bill Morean, Jabil’s outgoing Chairman of the Board of Directors, for his 35 years of dedicated and outstanding service. On Wednesday evening, Jabil celebrated Bill’s tenure by unveiling a new name for its corporate headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida. The new corporate headquarters is now formally called the “William D. Morean Global Headquarters.”  In fact, the name will carry over to any future Jabil headquarters as an ongoing reminder of Bill’s incredible legacy. Continue Reading →

Tim Main Bullish About Jabil on Mad Money

On Thursday, December 20, 2012, Jabil President and CEO Tim Main appeared on CNBC’s Mad Money, impressing host Jim Cramer with strong earnings results for the fiscal year 2013 first quarter.

“Jabil reported earnings last night and the results were fabulous… with earnings coming in higher than expected, rising 7.2 percent year over year. In response, stocks shot through the roof, rising 7.4 percent making Jabil one of the biggest gainers in the New York Stock Exchange.” Continue Reading →

How to Focus on Launching the Next Breakthrough Product

Post 6 in a 6-part series: Why Partner with a Medical Design & Manufacturing Services Company

Since the beginning of 2010, the case for outsourced medical device manufacturing has become increasingly relevant, thanks to greater availability of venture capital and strong demand from China, India and other nations. Assigning a project to a design and manufacturing services company can act as a seamless extension of in-house manufacturing capability. A project can be outsourced to a manufacturing partner allowing in-company resources to focus on core competencies such as research and product development. Continue Reading →

How a Medical Device Company Can Accelerate Regulatory Compliance

Post 5 in a 6-part series: Why Partner with a Medical Design & Manufacturing Services Company

Ensuring that medical devices are user-friendly, compliant with Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and safe for consumers of all ages must be the overarching goal of any medical device firm that desires to market their products and technology. In 2011 the FDA began to lay down the law on mobile medical applications.  Medical application developers now have to apply for FDA approval for apps making medical claims. Another initiative the regulator unveiled is a medical device safety system to create a unique device identifier label to help track defective products and make recalls more efficient. Continue Reading →