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Unique Nike Partnership Aims to Rebuild Domestic Supply Base

We often hear manufacturers based in the U.S. and Europe say that, even if wanted to bring production back from Asia and other low-cost locations, they couldn’t because the very specialized supplier networks that they would need have atrophied or disappea…
We often hear manufacturers based in the U.S. and Europe say that, even if they wanted to bring production back from Asia and other low-cost locations, they couldn’t because the v… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/unique-nike-partnership-aims-rebuild-domestic-supply-base/

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/

Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2015

As the new year begins, the editorial team at the Manufacturing Leadership Council offers its predictions for the year ahead:
As the new year begins, the editorial team at the Manufacturing Leadership Council offers its predictions for the year ahead: U.S. Manufacturing Growth to Continue Strongly. L… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-trends-watch-2015/

What’s the Truth About Reshoring?

Much has been said and written over the last few years about the importance of the so-called reshoring trend – returning manufacturing operations back to domestic sites rather than offshoring to Asia and other overseas locations – as a way to ensure the f…
Much has been said and written over the last few years about the importance of the so-called reshoring trend – returning manufacturing operations back to domestic sites rather tha… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/whats-truth-about-reshoring/

Reshoring: Extricating Equipment Can Be a Challenge

As U.S. manufacturers continue to reshore of some production, some are running into an unexpected challenge: Getting tooling and critical equipment out of China. In a discussion this week among members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, several sai…
Popular Discussions As U.S. manufacturers continue to reshore of some production, some are running into an unexpected challenge: Getting tooling and critical equipment out of Ch… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/reshoring-extricating-equipment-can-be-challenge/

Learning from a Rocky Reshoring Experience

Reshoring appears to be gaining momentum, most recently with reports from Boston Consulting Group indicating that the U.S. and other western countries are becoming more cost-competitive compared to countries previously considered low-cost, particularly Ch…
Popular Discussions Reshoring appears to be gaining momentum, most recently with reports from Boston Consulting Group indicating that the U.S. and other western countries are be… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/learning-rocky-reshoring-experience/

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/

Is Next-Shoring A More Realistic View of Global Manufacturing?

For all the current bluster we now hear about reshoring and “bringing manufacturing home”, perhaps this much-publicized trend is temporary at best. The bigger picture, in which localization, proximity, innovation, skills, and digital technologies dominate…
For some time now, we have been tracking a fundamental shift in the way global manufacturers redefine their supply chains and rethink their production footprints around the world … http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/next-shoring-more-realistic-view-global-manufacturing/

Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2014

As 2013 transitions into 2014, the Manufacturing Leadership Community’s editorial department offers 10 issues that should be top of mind for manufacturers in the new year.
As 2013 transitions into 2014, the Manufacturing Leadership Community’s editorial department offers 10 issues that should be top of mind for manufacturers in the new year. … http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-trends-watch-2014/

Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2014

As 2013 transitions into 2014, the Manufacturing Leadership Community’s editorial department offers 10 issues that should be top of mind for manufacturers in the new year.
As 2013 transitions into 2014, the Manufacturing Leadership Community’s editorial department offers 10 issues that should be top of mind for manufacturers in the new year. … http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-trends-watch-20141/

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/

Manufacturing Leadership Journal: Call for Papers

As reshoring gains momentum and manufacturing employment slowly recovers, industry and policy leaders are asking, “What next steps should be taken to ensure that manufacturing continues to thrive as an engine of economic recovery and growth?”
Popular Discussions As reshoring gains momentum and manufacturing employment slowly recovers, industry and policy leaders are asking, “What next steps should be taken to e… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturing-leadership-journal-call-papers/

Getting Real about Reshoring

In the discussions, conference calls, and face-to-face meetings we conduct regularly with members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, top executives tell us they want to focus on a fairly consistent range of issues and concerns such as how to achieve…
In the discussions, conference calls, and face-to-face meetings we conduct regularly with members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, top executives tell us they want to focu… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/getting-real-about-reshoring/

Is This How Reshoring Will Happen?

Leveling labor cost isn’t the only driver of reshoring. In the end, in fact, it won’t be the most important driver. What will be a much more powerful driver for reshoring will be the need for manufacturers to innovate and produce their products closer to …
Mercedes-Benz is investing $70 million in a new parts consolidation center at its Tuscaloosa County, Alabama assembly plant. Ford’s Cleveland, OH, engine plant is getting … http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/how-reshoring-will-happen/

Are U.S. Plants Ready To Support a Reshoring Surge?

Evidence continues to mount that forces such as rising labor costs in China and lower energy costs in North America may stimulate a reshoring surge. Just last week, a survey by consulting and research firm Alix Partners indicated that, in the eyes of manu…
Popular Blogs Evidence continues to mount that forces such as rising labor costs in China and lower energy costs in North America may stimulate a reshoring surge. Just last week… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/are-us-plants-ready-support-reshoring-surge/

Reshoring: Beware the Hype

Reshoring is getting a great deal of hype. Some see it as evidence of a new renaissance of American manufacturing. Some see it as hope for reducing long term unemployed. Some see it as a business opportunity to sell manufacturing-related equipment, softwa…
Popular Blogs Reshoring is getting a great deal of hype. Some see it as evidenceof a new renaissance of American manufacturing. Some see it as hope for reducing long term unempl… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/reshoring-beware-hype/

Harvard Survey: U.S. Competitiveness at a Crossroads

Concerned about long-term structural issues such as the educational system, the tax code, and partisan politics, business leaders are continuing to voice pessimism about the state and direction of U.S.competitiveness, according to a new survey by the Harv…
Posted by David Brousell on Mar 11, 2013 3:52:08 PM Concerned about long-term structural issues such as the educational system, the tax code, and partisan politics, business le… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/blog/harvard-survey-us-competitiveness-crossroads/

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/

Manufacturing Executives: Victims of Group Think

Apple is the latest company to join the U.S. reshoring parade, with CEO Tim Cook announcing that the technology titan will manufacture one of its Mac computers in the country in 2013.
Apple is the latest company to join the U.S. reshoring parade, with CEO Tim Cook announcing that the technology titan will manufacture one of its Mac computers in the country in 2… http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturing-executives-victims-group-think/

One Word: Plastics

One of the expected drivers of North American manufacturing growth--including reshoring--is lower energy costs enabled by increased shale gas production. The price of natural gas in the US had dropped from $12.50/MBTU in 2008 to about $3/MBTU today. That …
One of the expected drivers of North American manufacturing growth--including reshoring--is lower energy costs enabled by increased shale gas production. The price of natural gas … http://www.gildevents.gilcommunity.com/discussion/one-word-plastics/

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