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Offshore vs. Local PCB Assembly: Which is Better?
Offshore vs. Local PCB Assembly: Which is Better?
March 25, 2019

Many PCB assembly companies offer their services to customers outside of their national borders. Secure delivery services make it possible for customers to find the most reputable assemblers in the world, or an assembler that specializes in producing PCBs for a specific industry. Electronics manufacturers who have the patience and the money to order circuit boards from a non-local source do so to get a leg up on the competition.  



There are, however, risks to sourcing your circuit boards from another country.



Issues of reliability come into play if you are not able to deal with your assembler in person or hold them accountable for the quality of their products. Here are some of the risks that come with working with an offshore PCB assembly company.


Risks of Offshore Circuit Board Assembly

  • The integrity of the final products you receive may be questionable.
  • Greater likelihood of receiving counterfeit boards.
  • The offshore company may not be ISO-certified, even if they advertise themselves as having this certification.
  • Offshore companies that offer lower prices through the use of cheap labour may not provide their employees with a safe work environment.


Hiring an offshore PCB assembler may be worthwhile if they are internationally-renowned for their services. If you are specifically looking to work with an offshore assembler to save money, you may end up with poor-quality or non-functional circuit boards. In the latter case, it may be in your best interest to find a local PCB assembly company that can provide their services at a competitive price. Permatech is a trusted circuit board assembler in the Greater Toronto Area, and we are known across Canada for our high-quality products and service.


Why Permatech is Your Best Local Option

We specialize in manufacturing customized printed circuit boards that are meant for unique and specific applications. Our staff consists of skilled and experienced specialists who are able to source the best materials for your PCBs and assemble them efficiently. We strive to consistently provide excellent customer service to match the quality of our products. We make it easy for you to choose to keep your business local!


At Permatech, we have been in business for over three decades, over which time we’ve expanded our facility capabilities to meet orders of any size. We are able to manufacture customized PCBs suited for applications across a wide range of industries. Contact us today for reliable PCB assembly services in the Greater Toronto Area!

Yeah, my company went with an offshore assembler some time ago. Not a good idea.
Posted by: Samuel | May 23, 2019, 10:19 am
Wow, really cool article. Thanks for the info!
Posted by: Gina | April 8, 2019, 3:49 pm
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