This will be the first introductory event in APEI's Supply Chain and Sourcing education pillar. In this webinar, Mike Klasco, CEO, Menlo Scientific and APEI's chair of the Supply Chain and Sourcing education pillar will address the methods, practices, economics and politics of the hardware, software and development services that go into every audio product produced. "Long established relationships, trustworthy suppliers that know what we want and need, are losing their position as viable vendors," explains Klasco. "Where do we go from here?"
In this webinar, Mike Klasco will be adjoined by two highly experienced guests - Dave Lindberg (CEO, DB Enterprises HK, Ltd.) and Dan Digre (President at MISCO Speakers, Oaktron Aerospace, and Warkwyn Labs, Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul). Together they will address the challenges in the supply chain caused by the rising cost of goods from China, the tariff wars, the Hong Kong struggles, and the dynamics of the global pandemic. The emergence of new suppliers in Asia and what part of the audio business can brought back home will also be explored in detail.
"Over the last few decades we have all grown complacent with sourcing our products, or at least most of our components, from China. Long established relationships, trustworthy suppliers that know what we want and need, are losing their position as viable vendors," explains Klasco. "But running away to Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and other countries won't help much either as the key parts vendors for Southeast Asia (and beyond) are still in China. And those countries are all finding themselves bathed in the first waves of brands exploring their options. For sure there are options, but it is going to take a lot of work getting through these times. Just do not expect that samples will come from new vendors as quickly as you are used to back in the good old days," adds Klasco.
The webinar will be followed by a live Q&A sessions with all 3 presenters.
Changes and Opportunities in Supply Chain and Sourcing
The Changing Global Dynamics, Managing Suppliers, Planning Your Options -- free webinar
August 26, 9:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time (12:00 PM Eastern)
Platinum Sponsor - Menlo Scientific
Registration for this free event is available at: https://tinyurl.com/APEI-AES-Sourcing1
Mike Klasco, APEI Committee Member and CEO of Menlo Scientific, Richmond, California, a consulting firm for the loudspeaker industry. He is a graduate from New York University, with post graduate work in signal processing, and he holds multiple patents licensed or assigned. For the past 35 years, Mike has worked on countless R&D projects for large and small companies. Mike specializes in materials and fabrication techniques to enhance audio performance.
Dave Lindberg is the CEO of DB Enterprises in Hong Kong, and an experienced professional in business and project management, working with brands and technology suppliers in Asia.
Dan Digre is the President of MISCO Speakers, Oaktron Aerospace, and Warkwyn Labs, from Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul. MISCO, a proud Minneapolis Speaker Company is an OEM manufacturer of loudspeakers and audio systems for a variety of professional and commercial markets including aircraft, medical, gaming, alarms, home audio, car audio and pro audio. Warkwyn is an acoustic R&D company that designs and tests loudspeaker drivers and loudspeaker systems for the professional and consumer marketplaces. Warkwyn is also the North American Sales Agent for Klippel equipment and support.