Robert G Freid Expert Witness

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  • Company: Contract Manufacturing Consultants, Inc.
  • Phone: 425-329-2663
  • Fax: 425-483-1058
  • Website: www.cmcseattle.com
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Manufacturing and Procurement/Purchasing

Specialty Focus:

electronics, SMT, PCBA, circuit boards, contracts, agreements, EMS, contract manufacturing, NPI, quality defects, China, Southeast Asia, Mexico, IRS, transfer pricing, cost models, production, supply chain, unit demand forecast accuracy, medical devices, outsource, pricing, on-shoring, off-shoring

Education:

M.B.A., Stanford University; B.S., Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, University of California, Berkeley

Years in Practice:

25

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs:

4

Additional Information

Mr. Freid is a manufacturing expert for the outsource of printed circuit board assemblies, mechanical modules and complete finished products. Since founding CMC in 1999, he has helped many leading OEMs create successful manufacturing outsource strategies, recommend most suitable and lowest risk suppliers, negotiate best pricing and contract terms, and plan for ramp-up transition. This work often includes assessment of client's unit volumes and mix, forecast accuracy, short/long term service requirements. Comprehensive due-diligence includes setting supplier selection process and criteria, identification of potential global contractor sites, on-site audits of supplier PCBA/SMT and finished product build assembly, test and burn-in/configuration processes, quality performance audits, materials and vendor control plus other important considerations. Besides outsource strategy, other key service areas include in-house vs. outsourcing analysis (make vs. buy) and contract manufacturer M&A work including assistance with deal negotiation. Special assignments have been varied e.g., assessing to what extent a missile system PCBA soldering defect is due to workmanship; reducing from 36 weeks to 14 weeks lead-time on custom wire wound transformers from China. Mr. Freid’s consulting and expert witness sole focus is on electronic device companies and products – from high-volume computers and cell phones to low volume build-to-order systems, with wide variety of special certifications and production processes. Product examples: • Medical Ultrasound and Fluids Analysis Equipment • ATM Banking and Financial Equipment • Computers, Hard Drives, Motherboards, Cellular Phones • Networking Communications, High-end Audio Products • Tracking Devices for Automotive and Other • Industrial LED Lighting and Power Supply Modules • Industrial HVAC Systems • Telephone Exchange Switching Systems Mr. Freid’s litigation clients are often global electronics contract manufacturers, Fortune 500 electronic device companies involving performance damage claims of $20 million to over $100 million. He has also served as expert witness in arguments for and against the IRS in matters involving offshore transfer-pricing and major tax liability disputes. This work typically includes assessment of relative value of offshore operations and technically based recommendations of comparable companies for financial benchmarking. Mr. Freid is well experienced in expert testimony, argument research, document review and analysis, rebuttal and report preparation. 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 Circuitnet.com'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 and other performance-related damages.