Desktop Engineering Magazine Reports Manufacturing Survey Results

Results point to subscriber trends in use, selection of manufacturing service bureaus

PETERBOROUGH, NH - - - Desktop Engineering (DE), the magazine for 'Design
Solutions From Concept Through Manufacture,' today announced the results
from a ground-breaking study measuring its subscribers' use of independent
manufacturing service bureaus.

The study, entitled "Outsourced Services in Manufacturing," was conducted by
HPI Research, a division of Helmers Publishing, Inc., the parent company of
DE. Responses were compiled from 14,500 study participants comprising DE's
63,000 total subscribers, and the results point to subscribers' significant
usage and spending on a broad range of outsourced services such as tooling
design and development, contract manufacturing, rapid prototyping, and other
production services.

"This study clearly illustrates that the design engineers and engineering
managers who subscribe to DE recognize the cost- and time-savings inherent
in outsourcing certain manufacturing tasks to independent service bureaus,"
said Anthony J. Lockwood, publisher of DE. "In turn, this practice frees up
the design engineer to help diversify his or her company's product lines and
shorten the time-to-market cycle."

According to the study, 66% of DE subscriber companies outsource at least
part of their design-for-manufacture process, and 41% of respondents
indicated that they are the person who specifies which service bureau is
selected for outsourcing. Over 30% of respondents said their companies plan
to spend between $100,000 and $500,000 on outsourced manufacturing services
in 2003. A complete executive summary of results is available online at:
www.deskeng.com/surveys/2003/outsourcing.pdf.

Desktop Engineering is a monthly magazine distributed to 63,000 design
engineers and engineering managers who use MCAD, data analysis, EDM/PDM/PLM,
and data acquisition hardware and software in the manufacturing and process
industries. Desktop Engineering is published by Helmers Publishing Inc.
(HPI), which was established in 1979. The company also publishes Supply
Chain Systems Magazine, the premier magazine covering the integration of
data capture technologies across the supply chain. For more information on
HPI's magazines, visit www.deskeng.com and www.scs-mag.com.



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