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There is great concern about China’s real-estate and infrastructure bubbles. But these are just short-term challenges that China may be able to spend its way out of. READ MORE....
US automation will soon replace much of the Chinese cheap labor.
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GRIFFIN, Ga. — Giant machines are tearing down the old bleachery, another reminder to Chuck Smith that this old mill town doesn't make much anymore.
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Last week The Economist conducted an on-line debate on the question: Do multinational corporations have a duty to maintain a strong presence in their home countries? After a very intense written debate between Harry Moser, former president of GF AgieCharmilles and founder of the Reshoring Initiative, and Jagdish Bhagwati, Professor of Economics and Law, Columbia University, the vote was 54% "yes," and 46% "no."..Read More..
If the words total cost of ownership are not currently on your mind, I can almost guarantee that after listening to today’s interview that will no longer be. We were glad to welcome Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, to join us for a discussion about a topic that we hope is sweeping the nation in 2013. The Reshoring Initiative is an organization devoted to helping US manufacturers realize the true cost associated with offshore manufacturing and educating them on the critical role they play in the future of the US economy. Today’s discussion revealed some eye opening statistics and possibilities that the Reshoring Initiative is working to make realities...read more..
One fateful question for 2013 is this: What happens to globalization?
For decades, growing volumes of cross-border trade and money flows have fueled strong economic growth. But something remarkable is happening; trade and international money flows are slowing and, in some cases, declining....read more...
My cell phone rang. A simple question from a friend: “You’ve worked in China. Can you recommend a manufacturer to produce my patented pool toy?” Ordinarily, rattling off potential Chinese producers would have been easy. But, having just spent a week touring U.S. manufacturing facilities in Ohio, I dramatically altered my response. “Have you considered a US-based producer? Why not keep the job in America?” My friend was surprised: “Really? I hadn’t thought of that.” And, therein lies the root of the problem. Read more....
Back-Shoring vs. Off-Shoring. Where to go for your manufacturing?
PRESENTING: 10 Things America No Longer Makes
Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with Lehigh University will manage a new $1 million manufacturing and innovation development program to help foster a renaissance in Pennsylvania manufacturing globally.
The cover story of this month’s The Atlantic is titled “Comeback: Why the Future of Industry is In America.” The lead article by Charles Fishman argues that the outsourcing wave is largely over and now U.S. companies, exemplified by GE’s appliance division doing more work in the U.S., are seeing the light and moving work back to the U.S. Given the decimation of U.S. manufacturing over the last decade, I sincerely hope Fishman is right.....
Cheap natural gas and increasingly competitive labor costs are bringing factories—and jobs—back to the U.S.
Here is a great followup article on the effect of Robotics on US the workforce. It's all GOOD! http://wapo.st/13RfSsr
Once you calculate all of your hidden costs associated with your Total Cost of Ownership you may find that low wage labor costs are not the whole story.
Survey conducted by the MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation indicates nearly half of U.S. manufacturing companies are thinking of re-shoring jobs.
Bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. is politically savvy and can make economic sense....read more..
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The country's last kitchen whisk manufacturer has committed to providing high-quality jobs in its Portland, Ore. facility for 53 years.
This has to be one of top priorities and include a significant focus on workforce preparedness and STEM education in K-12
Companies that keep their research and manufacturing employees close together, where they can share information, might be more innovative than other businesses.
Manufacturing drives Innovation. A fact that has been lost in the off-shoring of whole industires just for the purposes of low cost labor. The good news is the Re-shoring of US manufacturing is finally on the road back HOME.
Sometimes, PR moves end up having bigger-than-anticipated effects. Just look at auto manufacturing in the South. Today the only American-made Mac is the kind you buy under Golden Arches and eat. America's other well-known Mac, Apple's Mac computer, is manufactured in China (like all other Apple products). That's about to change. Apple announced last week that it will invest $100 million to make Macs (through third parties) in the U.S. This move makes strategic sense for Apple and is potentially important for the U.S. economy longer term....
Apple's CEO to Bring Production Back to US. Cook said one line of Mac computers will be made exclusively in the United States, but did not say which one, nor did he say where the manufacturing would be done.
Positive signs continue to come in for the American manufacturer. The trend of reshoring—bringing back manufacturing that had been offshored to, say, China—appears to be more than a flash in the pan. As I’ve written before, more and more domestic companies are opening their eyes to the real costs of overseas manufacturing. While the price of a product might be somewhat cheaper to make in Shanghai, other costs have to be considered......