Robert Freid

Mr. Robert Freid

Contract Manufacturing Consultants, Inc.
19125 North Creek Parkway, Suite 120
Bothell , WA 98011
Mobile: 425-445-6893
Office: 425-329-2663
Fax: 425-483-1058

Mr. Freid is an expert in the electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry. He has extensive product and certifications knowledge e.g., medical ultrasound systems, mobile communications devices. His litigation clients are both EMS suppliers and OEM customers involving excess inventory and other damage claims of $1 million to $50 million. Mr. Freid is well experienced in expert testimony, argument research, document review and analysis, rebuttal and report preparation.

Mr. Freid is president of Contract Manufacturing Consultants, Inc. a firm he founded in 1999. Major service areas are outsourcing strategy including supplier recommendations, outsourcing feasibility (“make or buy”), contract negotiation, new product production ramp-up planning, and litigation consulting and expert witness. Mr. Freid has audited over 200 electronic manufacturing services sites in US/Canada, China, Southeast Asia, Mexico and Eastern Europe. His work often involves study of assembly and test specifications, demand forecasts, contractor quality control and materials management practices, plus advanced cost and supply chain analytics.

Mr. Freid previously was Director, Sales & Programs Management with Solectron Corporation, at the time the world's largest EMS company. Other experience includes work as a general management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Mr. Freid is an advisory board member to the University of Washington, Supply Chain and Transportation Logistics master’s degree program. He is a panel member of's “Ask the Experts” for questions regarding quality control in PCBA SMT/PTH manufacturing. He has authored and contributed to articles and webcasts on selecting suitable electronics manufacturing services suppliers and on assessing share of burden for excess inventory.

B.S., Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, U.C., Berkeley

MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business

“The Top 100 People Influencing EMS” ( 2013)

Areas of Expertise
  • Business
  • Contract Manufacturing
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Fraud Investigation
  • Import/Export
  • International Business
  • Logistics/Freight Forwarding
  • Materials Engineering
  • Supply Chain

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Degrees:
University of California, Berkeley
B.S., Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (1974)
Coursework included optimizing plant and workplace layouts, production and materials planning, forecasting and inventory control, yield analysis and process control, improving operations productivity and on-time delivery, capital investment economics and risk-based decision models. A.J. Naylor Award.

Stanford Graduate School of Business
Master of Business Administration (1976)
Coursework included executive leadership, managerial finance and accounting, global corporate business strategy, organizational structures and compensation plans, product/market strategies, manufacturing operations management, financial statements analysis, securities valuation and risk models.

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Memberships:
• SMTA - Surface Mount Technology Association
• Electronics Manufacturers Association
• IPC Association Connecting Electronic Industries - sets quality inspection standards for printed circuit board and electronic assemblies design and manufacture. Conducts quality certification classes for inspectors and site trainers, and EMS program management training classes.
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Teaching:
• Panel member of newsletter forum “Ask the Experts” on questions regarding quality control in PCBA manufacturing.
• Advisory board member to the Supply Chain, Transportation & Logistics master’s degree program at the University of Washington.

Speaking (examples):
• "Contract Planning Risks", ISM-WW Conference, Seattle, WA, Mar. 2012
• "Avoiding EMS Selection Pitfalls", Del Mar Electronics Fair, San Diego, CA, Nov. 2010
• "Outsourcing Pros & Cons", University of Washington Global Business Forum, Apr. 2006
• "Who Shoulders the Burden of Excess Inventory?", Webcast, Electronics Business, Oct. 2003

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Multiple. Details available upon request.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Engaged to provide expert analysis and testimony regarding range of common practices in the global electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry.
• $30 million lawsuit filed in a US State Circuit Court by a former EMS supplier against its communications equipment company customer. Alleged defective product design, poor product forecasts, excessive product changes which resulted in excess parts inventory, poor quality, added manufacturing costs, loss of sales and profits. Work included forensic review of 10,000 pages of depositions and exhibits.
• $300 million consolidated class action lawsuit filed in US District Court by investor groups against a major publically-traded EMS company. Complaint alleged manipulation of inventory, earnings, operating expenses, revenues, and understating the cost of an announced restructuring. Assistance as EMS industry expert, extensive expert report created, full day of video deposition testimony given in pre-trial discovery.

Project examples as pre-litigate consultant:
• $13.6 million damages dispute between a major networking equipment company and EMS supplier related to the networking equipment company's sudden product forecast reduction and resultant excess parts inventory.
• $3.7 million damages dispute between a semiconductor capital equipment company and its EMS and component parts suppliers related to sudden cancellation of purchase orders and resultant excess parts inventory.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50%
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Varies depending upon project scope.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Varies depending upon project scope.


Available upon request