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16 Countries that Could Succeed China as Manufacturing Hubs

Chinese workers have begun to enjoy higher wages as industry matures, which has taken some of the shine off outsourcing to China. Other low-wage countries that have an infrastructure and adequately orderly system are becoming attractive to entrepreneurs seeking low-cost alternatives […]

Mass Customization – the New Manufacturing Paradigm

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For as long as anyone living can remember, manufacturing has meant mass production. The assembly line developed by Henry Ford was driven by the need to bring complex products, the automobile in that case, to a cost level that was within reach of consumers.

However, as Henry Ford is […]

Industry 4.0 – How to Profit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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There is a new wave sweeping across the industrial landscape and manufacturers who recognize it can benefit from the opportunities it holds. It has been called various things, such as Industry 4.0 or Smart Factory, but whatever name is applied, we are in the midst of a […]

Closing the Manufacturing Skills Gap

A skilled welder in a South Carolina plant

American manufacturing is today facing a quandary. On the one hand there is a lackluster jobs situation, with the economic picture slowly improving but not resulting in much improvement in unemployment rates. When someone loses their job, they will statistically be 27 weeks without […]

Reshoring production demands careful management

More and more American manufacturers with supply chains based in Asian economies are bringing their production back to the Americas. The benefits they had found in low-cost labour in overseas economies have been steadily eroded in recent years, as offshore labour rates have risen by as much as 15% per year in some places. Wages […]

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