About the model

Introduction Build to Print

In Build to Print, the OEM outsources production based on a completed design, captured in the technical product documentation (e.g., engineering drawings and software). Implicitly or explicitly, the OEM has made assumptions during design about the required manufacturing processes. The supplier translates that documentation into the best possible production processes and sets up its factory and supply chain on that basis.

Life-Cycle Management will be done primarily by the OEM, with the exception of production related Life-Cycle Management (e.g. obsolescence management).

Characteristics of the model

Time to market – Quality – Total Cost of Ownership

In this model, suppliers can be compared based on these three criteria. It is recommended that the supplier be asked for an analysis of the product design and suggestions for possible design changes to achieve a better mix of these three criteria.



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Total Cost of Ownership

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Organization – The interaction required can be kept to a minimum. The OEM designs, the supplier produces, and the purchasing and sales organizations respectively organize the necessary contracts.


When is Build to Print suitable?