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Report: U.S. Manufacturing Retaining Its Competitive Edge

Despite significant headwinds brought on by the dramatically strengthening U.S. dollar and upheaval in the oil and gas industry, the U.S. manufacturing sector remains the most competitive worldwide, according to a new report by economics forecasting and m…
Despite significant headwinds brought on by the dramatically strengthening U.S. dollar and upheaval in the oil and gas industry, the U.S. manufacturing sector remains the most com… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/report-us-manufacturing-retaining-its-competitive-edge/

Is Reshoring Dead?

Reshoring of production to the U.S. lost significant momentum in 2015 as manufacturers took advantage of opportunities in lower-cost countries in Asia and Southeast Asia, claims a new report by management consulting firm A.T. Kearney.
Reshoring of production to the U.S. lost significant momentum in 2015 as manufacturers took advantage of opportunities in lower-cost countries in Asia and Southeast Asia, claims a… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/reshoring-dead/

Does Historic Trade Pact Stand to Benefit Manufacturers?

This week’s news that the United States and 11 of its trading partners have preliminarily agreed to terms of a long-awaited Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement set off predictable comparison’s with NAFTA, the still-controversial North-Ame…
This week’s news that the United States and 11 of its trading partners have preliminarily agreed to terms of a long-awaited Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement se… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/does-historic-trade-pact-stand-benefit-manufacturers/

Does the Road to Manufacturing 4.0 Begin Here?

Manufacturing 4.0, with its promise of plants populated with smart, connected machines, conjures an alluring vision of the future. Armed with loads of real-time data generated by ever-more-intelligent machines, manufacturers will be able to address potent…
Manufacturing 4.0, with its promise of plants populated with smart, connected machines, conjures an alluring vision of the future. Armed with loads of real-time data generated by … http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/does-road-manufacturing-40-begin-here/

Manufacturing Renaissance: Reality or Hype?

Is all the talk in the popular media about a “manufacturing renaissance” actually working against the manufacturing industry? A report issued this week by the Washington, DC-based Information Technology and Innovation Foundation think tank concludes that,…
Is all the talk in the popular media about a “manufacturing renaissance” actually working against the manufacturing industry? A report issued this week by the Washi… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-renaissance-reality-or-hype/

Is the Skills Gap Finally Sparking Higher Manufacturing Wages?

Doubters of the existence of a skills shortage in manufacturing have argued that, if the gap were really as painful as employers claim, wages for production workers, engineers, and others would be on the rise. Now that’s just what appears to be happening…
Popular Discussions Doubters of the existence of a skills shortage in manufacturing have argued that, if the gap were really as painful as employers claim, wages for production … http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/skills-gap-finally-sparking-higher-manufacturing-wages/

Whatever Happened to the “China Price”?

Similarly, for several years, it has been the assumption that manufacturing costs in China were so much lower than in developed countries that manufacturers-- particularly in the U.S. and Western Europe--would have little choice but to offshore production…
When I was growing up, any product with a “Made in Japan” label was assumed to be cheap and of much lower quality than a comparable product made in the U.S. It took many years—… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/whatever-happened-china-price/

Offshoring: How Do You Cope with Time Zone Burnout?

By now, many of the downsides associated with offshoring are painfully well-known to manufacturing executives: High transportation costs, long lead times, quality and intellectual property protection concerns and, increasingly, rising labor costs.But one …
Popular Discussions By now, many of the downsides associated with offshoring are painfully well-known to manufacturing executives: High transportation costs, long lead times, qu… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/offshoring-how-do-you-cope-time-zone-burnout/

Study: Manufacturers Failing to Recognize the Transformative Impacts of 3D Printing, Intelligent Robotics

Most electronics manufacturers are unknowingly staring down the barrel of dramatic competitive changes that are being introduced by emerging technologies including 3D printing, intelligent robotics, and open source electronics hardware, according to a rec…
Popular Discussions Most electronics manufacturers are unknowingly staring down the barrel of dramatic competitive changes that are being introduced by emerging technologies inc… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/study-manufacturers-failing-recognize-transformative-impacts-3d-printing-intelligent-robotics/

Report: Young Workers in China Turning Away from Manufacturing Jobs

Are young people in the U.S. and other developed economies the only ones turning away from manufacturing careers in favor of service industry and other jobs seen as easier, cleaner, and cooler? Apparently young people in China are increasingly feeling the…
Popular Discussions Are young people in the U.S. and other developed economies the only ones turning away from manufacturing careers in favor of service industry and other jobs … http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/report-young-workers-china-turning-away-manufacturing-jobs/

China Faces a New Set of Manufacturing Challenges

One of the interesting things about business evolution these days is how short certain cycles seem to be getting. Analysts rooted in silicon would say it all stems from the microprocessor and Moore’s Law. Innovation seems to confer increasingly temporary …
One of the interesting things about business evolution these days is how short certain cycles seem to be getting. Analysts rooted in silicon would say it all stems from the microp… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/china-faces-new-set-manufacturing-challenges/

Manufacturing in China: Is It Hollowing Out?

Much has been written in recent months about reshoring which is being driven, in part, by rising labor costs in China and increasing transportation costs. In fact, at least one writer has recently gone so far as to predict that China will become the next …
Popular Discussions Much has been written in recent months about reshoring which is being driven, in part, by rising labor costs in China and increasing transportation costs. In… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturing-china-it-hollowing-out/

Manufacturing Skills Development: What Responsibility Does Apple Have?

Last week, while announcing his company's plans for limited iMac production in the U.S. next year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the lack of manufacturing skills--not cost--is what has kept Apple from reshoring more manufacturing.
Last week, while announcing his company's plans for limited iMac production in the U.S. next year, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the lack of manufacturing skills--not cost--is what has … http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturing-skills-development-what-responsibility-does-ap/

Reshoring: Seven Industries to Reach Tipping Point in Five Years

In the next five years, seven major manufacturing industries will reach the tipping point where it becomes more economical for them to shift the production of products consumed in the US to the US from China, according to a report released last week by th…
In the next five years, seven major manufacturing industries will reach the tipping point where it becomes more economical for them to shift the production of products consumed in… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/reshoring-seven-industries-reach-tipping-point-five-years/

Tax Breaks for In-Sourcing?

President Obama today said he would propose tax breaks for manufacturing companies that return outsourced jobs to the US. He also proposed eliminating tax breaks for manufacturers that continue to outsource jobs.
President Obama today said he would propose tax breaks for manufacturing companies that return outsourced jobs to the US. He also proposed eliminating tax breaks for manufacturers… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/tax-breaks-sourcing/

As China's Costs Rise, Will We See a Manufacturing Resurgence in the US?

There's been an assumption that, as wages and other manufacturing costs in China rise relative to the rest of the world, manufacturers there will attempt to retain their cost advantages by increasingly investing in automation to improve productivity. A( r…
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