When the engineers and the accountants put their heads together

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jwilliams Veteran Member • Posts: 5,864
We'll see ...

bobn2 wrote:

jwilliams wrote:

I think that they are most likely to purse large scale production of a more limited portfolio of products. I see choices shrinking not expanding despite the recent addition of a very limited production item. That lens is a special case and unlikely to have anything similar following it. The upfront costs of designing small scale production items is probably not going to interest JIP much going forward. In the case of this particular lens Oly bore all the upfront costs so JIP got a good deal.

I suspect there will be a two stage process. I think at the beginning there will be a ruthless pruning of the product line, which eliminating all products that are loss-making. I think that will mostly be at the lower, volume end, where margins are small and big distribution operations are necessary to move the volume necessary to make money. These products will continue to be sub-contracted to Olympus for manufacture, or to the contract manufacturers that Olympus was already using (e.g. Sigma for lenses). Things like the EMIX ind the new lens make big margins, even if they don't sell a lot. I can see them continuing. Their problem is, that they weren't the type of product which would grow the market and bring sustainability.

Then there is the stage after that, where OMDS starts to develop new products. JIP has already indicated that it will explore new market areas, and if it does that using the mFT mount and lens system, it will be a very interesting possibility indeed. I would expect all those products to be tailored variants of the same technology base (probably the existing one) which can be manufactured easily at the same plants. What I'm saying is don't necessarily expect a new E-M5 model. Don't be surprised to see a drone cam which is essentially an E-M5 III repackaged for drone usage.

We'll see, but those low margin products move faster than the higher margin ones.  I'd bet the time an EM1x sits on the dealers shelf before it is finally sold is much longer than an EPL10.  Cash flow is the key and high volume products keeps that going better than low volume products.

First step in turning around a money loosing business is to keep cash flow high while limiting expenses.  Longer term who really knows what they will do.  Lots of possibilities.  Short term it's get as much money coming in the door as possible while limiting the amount going out as much as possible.  Basic stuff really.

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