How many EMS companies are there in the US?
Key Tronic president and chief executive Craig Gates says he read “there are something like 6,500 different EMS companies.”
I’m not sure where he read that, but it certainly wasn’t in CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY. Best we can tell — and we have a directory that lists every company we know of — there are something less than 1,300 in North America.
Now, I’m willing to acknowledge we might be missing a few sites. But we’re certainly not off by 5,200. Perhaps the count Gates saw included all assembly operations — including those of OEMs. Even so, that’s some fuzzy math.