Outsourcing product development services is not new however, it seems to be one of the most important trends in product development. The ability to have resources "locally" who understand the different aspects of product development and are readily available can be the key to the speed and success of a commercialization effort!
Outsourcing could include conceptional development, design analysis, product design, prototyping, documentation, and manufacturing.
Another worthwhile mention is Predictive Product Development (PPD). This seems to be a trend that promises to sweep the world. PPD is the idea of changing the DNA of product development. Check out this article that covers several New Product Development trends.
Looking forward to 2019, please let us know if there is any way we can assist you in your new product development efforts.