LACROIX Electronics

Innovating is always both a financial and a human investment. Also, in order to maximise ROI, we would like to have a long-term view of the industrial production of our project.

What if component shortages occur?
And how should she react if faced with changes to the standards or regulations?
Who can she rely on to identify and utilize the right tools?
And how can she be assured that her internal engineering office will have the necessary bandwidth if urgent redesign is required?
Is working with a contract manufacturer that knows how to be part of an approach that is both reactive and proactive really what she needs?

Outsourcing mass production over the long term

LAGADIC Jean-Laurent LinkedIn

No one ever really wants to go back to the drawing board. Redesign is often seen as excess work in the R&D departments of companies.

Jean-Laurent Lagadic
R&D Director - Impulse Design Center

In order to tackle the obsolescence of a product, or its components, and prolong its saleable life, redesign is essential, but rarely planned for. Our job is to ensure that this perspective is taken into account.

Our multidisciplinary teams cover all the different aspects of redesign:

  • identifying components that may soon be obsolete by continuously monitoring the roadmaps of our production partners,
  • working closely with our purchasing department in order to optimize costs
  • controlling contingencies relating to the integration or redesign of software, certifications, etc.

Redesign: anticipating, preventing, controlling, etc.

Whether the re-design aims to prolong a product’s life span or to optimise production costs (redesign-to-cost), we can always be involved in a proactive manner.

Therefore, whenever our teams detect an opportunity to integrate more modern technologies, we let the companies that we are supporting know while always considering the constraints in relation to production volume.

This 360° perspective on redesign is our best promise for long-term production to maximize cost control.

Design for purchasing: optimizing obsolescence management


It is a buyer’s mission to reduce risks and optimize costs. With Design for Purchasing, we seek to fulfill this mission right from the design phase of a product and throughout its life cycle. There is always some element of risk.

Dominique Chanteau
VP Purchasing

Technology is evolving very quickly, and issues of competitiveness are enormous. This leads to finding the best balance between newness and security: technological security in the sense of reliability and security of supplies.

This ongoing dialogue that we are engaged in with engineering offices, right from the design phase, contributes to finding the ideal compromise.

In order to do so, we rely on a unique database that allows us to identify technological equivalences and deal with levels of risk related to obsolescence, availability, or further risks of future incompatibility in relation to environmental regulations.

The critical nature of our mission has been highlighted, once again, by the shortages that resulted from the health crisis.

Our knowledge of our supplier ecosystem, mastery of technological issues and perfect integration with the LACROIX engineering office allowed us to deal with this situation.

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