Jabil helps Cardo Systems set a new standard in headset communication systems
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jabil (NYSE: JBL) today announced an innovative manufacturing collaboration with Cardo Systems, a pioneer in wireless group communication and entertainment systems for motorcyclists. Cardo’s path to market leadership has been fueled by world-class manufacturing capabilities, acoustics experience, global supply chain expertise and Jabil’s dedicated Workcell model, which enables Cardo to ship more than one million devices a year to customers in more than 100 countries.
“We thrive on an endless desire to deliver state-of-the-art wireless communication and entertainment systems,” said Alon Lumbroso, CEO of Cardo Systems. “We always look for quality, on-time delivery and cost from our manufacturing partner. Flexibility is just as important. Jabil has been following the dramatic changes in the market, especially over the past two years, which is a really big plus.
Since its inception in 2004, Cardo Systems has improved motorcycle communications with Bluetooth connectivity, mesh technology, wind suppression capabilities and natural language control. The company’s PACKTALK product uses dynamic mesh communications to connect up to 15 riders over a one-mile distance while a version for skiers and snowboarders provides an always-on intercom for enhanced interaction and safety on the slopes.
Shared commitment to quality
Achieving the best possible audio sound requires meticulous attention to detail in product design and manufacturing. Jabil’s deep experience in acoustics has helped increase manufacturing yields and support high-fidelity sound performance. Additionally, Cardo’s consistent focus on quality and use of automated test equipment contribute to Cardo’s approximately 1% warranty period failure rate across its extensive product line. Since 2019, Cardo has experienced zero to two quality events per quarter, which is a strong indicator of product stability and reliability.
Jabil has also been instrumental in helping Cardo Systems move its products into mass production by reducing its Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) from hundreds to tens while decreasing the number of Engineering Change Notices (ECNs) ), which can slow production and increase costs. Regular refinements to industrial product designs, as well as improved packaging, have been completed with a constant focus on reducing costs throughout the product life cycle.
“Our ability to deliver consistent, quality performance was invaluable to Cardo as they began to increase sales of their products,” said Scott Gebicke, President of Jabil Industrial. “We have met all the standards for a premium product that arrives to customers on time and performs as advertised. Jabil also provides significant supply chain leverage, as well as the ability to use different materials and components to make evolve Cardo Systems’ products more cost-effectively.
Accelerate market growth and expansion
As Europe is Cardo’s largest market, its products are manufactured in Jabil’s Ukrainian factory, which reduces lead times. A team of experts at Cardo facilitates quick and agile responses to dynamic market demands, which has proven critical during pandemic-related disruptions. Cardo was able to mitigate risks in terms of supply constraints and logistics costs by leveraging Jabil’s manufacturing facility in Eastern Europe, as well as its established network of suppliers.
Looking ahead, Jabil is working with Cardo Systems to extend the reach of its innovative products across Europe, the United States, Asia and Latin America. For example, Jabil helped Cardo speed up manufacturing for US customers when the company started selling online through Amazon. Jabil is also helping to expand Cardo’s manufacturing presence in APAC while engaging earlier in product prototyping to support a move into new active lifestyle markets, including skiing and snowboarding, as well as professional sports.
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Shlomo Ehrlich, Vice President of Operations, Cardo Systems:
“We have experienced 5X year-over-year growth over the past five years. It’s hard to do unless you have someone like Jabil who lets you run as fast as you can. As an infinite capacity manufacturer, Jabil is a major growth accelerator.
Jerry Harmer, Senior Business Unit Manager, Jabil:
“Since day one, Cardo has ambitious growth goals and we have been there to support them every step of the way. We are working with Cardo on new design projects that will help them enter new markets and significantly increase their activity. ”
Natalya Markovic, Senior Business Unit Manager, Jabil:
“Jabil’s strong supply chain expertise and general supplier relationships allow us to forecast to avoid delivery disruptions and keep production running, which was especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. .”
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Jabil (NYSE: JBL) is a manufacturing solutions provider with more than 260,000 employees at 100 sites in 30 countries. The world’s leading brands rely on the unparalleled breadth and depth of end-market experience, technical and design capabilities, manufacturing know-how, supply chain knowledge and Jabil’s global product management expertise. Driven by a common goal, Jabil and its people are committed to having a positive impact on their local community and the environment. Visit www.jabil.com to find out more.