OEM Supplies Manufacturers’ Representative
USA is Serving your manufacturing operations in the United States and throughout the world through a globally competitive diverse line of OEM supplies manufacturers.
Partner with us on your OEM Supplies like:
- Insulating & Conductive tapes
- Metal Clad Armor
- Wire & Cable
If you have an item you’d like us to add to our portfolio please contact us today and let us know what you need. We strive to be your one call that encompasses an entire supply chain.
What is an OEM Supplies ‘Original Equipment Manufacturer – OEM’
An original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is a company whose products are used as components in another company’s product. The OEM will generally work closely with the company that sells the finished product (often called a “value-added reseller” or VAR) and customize the designs based on the VAR’s needs.
2. The more recent definition: a company that buys a product and incorporates or re-brands it into a new product under its own name.
BREAKING DOWN ‘Original Equipment Manufacturer – OEM’
There isn’t a typo here; the two definitions do contradict each other. This term has become very confusing since it now can be used in both contexts. OEM sometimes means the company that sells the component to the the VAR, and other times it refers to the VAR who is acquiring a product from an OEM. The reason for this is that “OEM” (the abbreviation) is sometimes used as a verb instead of a noun. For example, a manufacturer might say that it is going to OEM a new product, meaning it is going to produce a new product based on components bought from an OEM.
In other words, an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) is a company that makes a part or subsystem that is used in another company’s end product. For example, if Acme Manufacturing Co. makes power cords that are used on IBM computers, Acme is an OEM.
However, the term is used in several other ways, which causes ambiguity. It sometimes refers to the maker of a system that includes other companies’ subsystems, an end-product producer, an automotive part that is manufactured by the same company that produced the original part used in the automobile’s assembly, or a value-added reseller.