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Stryker Analysis

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I. IntroductionThe purpose of this memo is to evaluate three different acquisition options that Stryker Corporation is contemplating in order to solve the purchasing printed circuit boards (PCBs) issue. Currently Stryker Corporation purchases printed circuit boards (PCBs) from a small number of contracting manufacturers and resale's them. This is a problem because PCBs are showing a high demand, as the case study states, business anticipate "spending more than $10 million each year on PCBs." As a result, Stryker would like to become a competitor and establish a corporation in this market. Furthermore to solve this problem, the manufacturing managers have three options to improving the situation.Maintain the current basic sourcing policy for PCBs, but with important modificationsEstablish a partnership with a supplier, one of the current contract manufacturersManufacture its own PCBs in its own facility near company headquartersII. ComparisonFor Option #1, the benefits for Stryker Corporation would be the protection against future disruptions through the addition of safety stock of key materials and the institution of dual sourcing for all electronic assemblies. Compared to Option #2, the quality of the PCBs can improve by increasing business with a supplier and by having other benefits associated with a partnership. However, the risk includes the possibility of bankruptcy and weak performance from the supplier, however, Option #2 also includes quality and delivery issues associated with Option #1. Compared to Option #3, by not manufacturing its own PCBs, the company would save $6,187,178.48 in up front expenses related to construction and equipment. This money could be used to protect the company against unexpected events or other risks associated with the instability of suppliers to provide a quality product in a timely mannerOption #3 has the highest degree of control over quality and delivery when compared with options one and two. Overall, Option #3 would maintain business stability, have better performance in management, quality and delivery. Furthermore, insourcing has the potential to lower the cost of the product and achieve greater benefits than contract manufacturers could provide. Even though Option #3 seems to be the most promising option for the company to undertake, this option also has a high degree of risk. In order to undertake the manufacturing project, Stryker Corporations will require a total capital outlay of $6,187,178.48 (see Appendix 1 ). This includes $3,030,000 for the building construction, $278,000 for architectural and engineering fees, $126,000 for manufacturing equipment and $210,000 for IT infrastructure cost. In conclusion, there is going to be a substantial amount of money and time invested in the manufacturing option. In order to undertake this project, Stryker Corporation would need to have a high degree of focus and control.III. AnalysisAccording to the analysis in Appendix 1 , the net present value (NPV) is...

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