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Byline: MIKE ANGELL
The merger of Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp. proposes to squeeze more profit out of the two companies.
The question is how that will impact HP and Compaq's manufacturing partners.
Both companies rely heavily on so-called electronics manufacturing services. EMS firms make many of the computers and printers on which HP and Compaq slap their names.
On one hand, EMS firms could benefit from the HP-Compaq merger. To cut costs, the new combined company may rely more on outsource manufacturers.
On the other hand, a big buyer like HP-Compaq will seek better prices from vendors. And overlapping product lines will be cut, which means less business for …