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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Flexible Circuit Boards
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

Comprehensive intelligence for making smart purchasing decisions

Learn about actual and potential costs

How much should I pay for Flexible Circuit Boards?

What is the average price of Flexible Circuit Boards?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Flexible Circuit Boards. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Flexible Circuit Boards been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Flexible Circuit Boards yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Flexible Circuit Boards?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Flexible Circuit Boards with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

See how we display average pricing information, trends and market data.

Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

Market share concentration in the market for flexible circuit boards is low. There are about 400 suppliers operating in the United States, with the top four controlling about 23.5% of the total revenue. The low level of market share concentration benefits buyers because it fosters a competitive pricing environment and... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Experience and Expertise

How long have you provided these products to your longest-tenured client?

What qualifications does your staff have and what measures do you take to keep those qualifications up to date?

What industry do you most commonly supply this product for?

To what extent will ordering multiple products from your firm allow me to save on costs?

What is your repeat business rate for businesses in my industry and how does that compare to your overall rates?

Supply Chain Risk

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to raw input materials? How has that changed?

Has the availability of raw materials tightened due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to labor?

How have fluctuations in input prices affected the prices of your products during the past three years?

How do you mitigate sudden price increases in raw materials?

When input prices rise, how much of the cost is absorbed by you and how much is passed onto buyers?

How, if at all, has your supply chain been affected by import tariffs levied in 2018?

Regulation

How do you manage regulatory change? Do you have regulation advisers or methods to track regulation?

How have changing regulations influenced your pricing now and how will the changes affect prices over the life our proposed agreement?

What ongoing training procedures do you provide for your staff?

Have you ever been found to be noncompliant with regulatory frameworks?

Amid widespread health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Shipping

Could you provide a list of your domestic and international distribution facilities locations?

What are your shipping rates to my facilities? Do shipping rates vary if I need flexible circuit boards shipped to more than one location?

Do you have proprietary distribution capabilities or are product shipments made through third-party sources? If applicable, who are the third-party sources and how are their services priced?

What logistical systems do you have in place to manage outgoing shipments?

Competition

How do you win and retain business?

What is your reputation like among competitors and customers and how have you developed it?

Do you offer any value-added products or services related to flexible circuit boards that your competitors do not?

How do your R&D expenses compare to those of your competitors?

Are you experiencing fluctuations in demand as a result of the coronavirus outbreak? What measures are you taking to handle increased or reduced demand?

Supply Chain

How sensitive is your company to the price changes of key inputs, such as copper?

How sensitive are your suppliers to input cost changes?

Have you faced problems with your supply chain in the past? How did you overcome these issues?

Are your key inputs sourced from abroad? What contingencies do you have in place if there is a supply interruption?

From which countries are your products and components sourced? Have you visited the factories yourself?

Do you source materials with high exposure to market disruptions resulting from the coronavirus? How are you coping with these disruptions?

How diversified is your supplier base for inputs? Do you source from multiple suppliers in different global regions?

Vendor Financial Risk

Has your company ever been at risk of bankruptcy?

How much of your revenue comes from your five largest customers? What impact on your profitability would there be if you lost a big customer?

Have you had to increase your marketing expenditures to ward off increasing competition? What has that done to your profitability?

How does your company stay profitable during economic downturns?

Amid widespread health concerns, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate the risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Imports

Has import penetration adversely affected your operations? If so, how?

What incentive would I have in choosing your product over an imported product? What sets your product line apart from your foreign competitors?

How has the fluctuating value of the US dollar affected your foreign customers?

In what countries are most of your customers located?

Quality Control

How often do you experience defects with your flexible circuit boards?

To what degree are in-process inspections and process controls carried out?

What types of technical issues have you experienced?

What is the typical inspection process that your flexible circuit boards undergo? What internal testing procedures do you use to ensure product quality?

How do you ensure your product's quality? For example, what performance-monitoring systems are in place at your company?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should state the amount of their contract, usually a range or an upper limit.

Buyers should state the payment terms (e.g. whether payment will be made upon signing the contract or within a specific time frame).

Buyers should indicate the preferred pricing terms for needs that arise beyond the scope of the initial proposal.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should evaluate the experience and the relevant certifications of the supplier.

Buyers should ensure the supplier has the operational capacity to meet the buyer's needs within the indicated timeframe.

Buyers should consider the performance of the supplier on prior, similar contract jobs.

Project Schedule

Buyers should state the due date for questions and proposals.

Buyers should state when the bid will be finalized and when the selected supplier will be contacted.

Buyers should state the deadlines for any test products to be received by, inspections, reviews or probationary periods.

Buyers should state the intended length of the contract and any potential renewal terms.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

The supply chain for flexible circuit boards is moderately risky because first and second tier suppliers often face conditions that are often outside their control. For example, because copper foils are used heavily in flexible circuit manufacturing, volatility in the price of copper will directly impact the prices that suppliers... Subscribe to learn more.

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