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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: 6 ways to overcome shortages of skilled workers

When manufacturers reshore operations from overseas to the home base, they frequently have a hard time filling skilled positions. Innovative solutions are needed to overcome skills shortages. […]

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