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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 … https://www.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… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/are-us-plants-ready-support-reshoring-surge/

Tension In Korea: Manufacturing Becomes A Pawn In a Dangerous Game

At the end of March it was all going so well. South Korea’s manufacturing sector was showing renewed growth with a Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rising at its fastest rate for a year and new export orders up to the highest level for two years.
At the end of March it was all going so well. South Korea’s manufacturing sector was showing renewed growth with a Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rising at its faste… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/tension-korea-manufacturing-becomes-pawn-dangerous-game/

The Global View: Reshoring Means Jobs in Factory Automation and Supply Chain Management

The reshoring trend that appears to be gaining momentum is a natural response to the need to balance the global capacity for manufacturing based on total costs. Like any system, the global manufacturing ecosystem tends to seek a steady state. Changes in l…
Popular Blogs The reshoring trend that appears to be gaining momentum is a natural response to the need to balance the global capacity for manufacturing based on total costs. Li… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-reshoring-means-jobs-factory-automation-and-supp/

Is Manufacturing Bouncing Back? Global Activity Points To A Better 2013

Following an erratic and worrying 2012 for many of the world’s major industrial economies, global manufacturing posted a welcome rise in activity for the first month of 2013.
Following an erratic and worrying 2012 for many of the world’s major industrial economies, global manufacturing posted a welcome rise in activity for the first month of 2013… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturing-bouncing-back-global-activity-points-better-20/

Are You Ready for 'Truly Global' Manufacturing?

For a number of years now, I’ve been a subscriber to various reports and publications from McKinsey & Co., the respected, 87-year-old management consultancy that offers perspectives on business trends and management and organizational issues that affect m…
For a number of years now, I’ve been a subscriber to various reports and publications from McKinsey & Co., the respected, 87-year-old management consultancy that offers … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/are-you-ready-truly-global-manufacturing/

The Hurricane in Your Supply Chain’s Future

A good friend of mine from Queens, NY, contacted me in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, saying he and his family were doing fine, and asking how we had weathered the storm here in Massachusetts. I should have called him first, since New York City took the gre…
A good friend of mine from Queens, NY, contacted me in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, saying he and his family were doing fine, and asking how we had weathered the storm here in Mas… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/hurricane-your-supply-chains-future/

The Global View: Reshoring Depends on the Right Business Ecosystem

Everyone is excited about reshoring, and there is no doubt that a trend to do more assembly in the United States is under way. However, where and when a reshoring event occurs depends heavily on the existence of a supporting local business ecosystem.
Everyone is excited about reshoring, and there is no doubt that a trend to do more assembly in the United States is under way. However, where and when a reshoring event occurs dep… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-reshoring-depends-right-business-ecosystem/

Global Manufacturing: Intelligence Is Key to Emerging Market Growth

If you still think that expanding your business onto other continents around the world is just about lowering production costs, it’s time to think again.
Popular Blogs If you still think that expanding your business onto other continents around the world is just about lowering production costs, it’s time to think again. Ni… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-manufacturing-intelligence-key-emerging-market-growth/

The Global View: Can’t Beat Them? Make Them Your Partners

In a blog last year, I described an experience a friend had while traveling for business in China. While visiting a supplier, he decided to open some boxes that he found suspicious. Although these boxes were roughly the size and shape of those containing …
In a blog last year, I described an experience a friend had while traveling for business in China. While visiting a supplier, he decided to open some boxes that he found suspiciou… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-cant-beat-them-make-them-your-partners/

Supply Chain Risk Rises to a C-Suite Issue

Insurance companies are apparently getting more skittish about offering policies that indemnify manufacturers against losses due to various supply chain disruptions. Underwriters are reportedly charging more for such policies and asking for much more deta…
Insurance companies are apparently getting more skittish about offering policies that indemnify manufacturers against losses due to various supply chain disruptions. Underwriters … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/supply-chain-risk-rises-c-suite-issue/

Dialogue: Demetri Zervoudis -- Change Before You Have To

Although he heads global production at a large global enterprise, Demetri Zervoudis endeavors never to become complacent and to push for constant improvement. Q. What excites you about your leadership role at BayerMaterialScience LLC? A. The most exciti…
lthough he heads global production at a large global enterprise, Demetri Zervoudis endeavors never to become complacent and to push for constant improvement. Q. What excites yo… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/dialogue-demetri-zervoudis-change-you-have/

Dialogue: Justin Kershaw -- Powering Supply Chain Innovation

Eaton Corp.’s latest IT initiatives, led by Justin Kershaw, aim to support a step change in supply chain innovation, infrastructure growth, and manufacturing productivity. Q: What excites you about your leadership role at Eaton? A: Right now, it’s just …
Eaton Corp.’s latest IT initiatives, led by Justin Kershaw, aim to support a step change in supply chain innovation, infrastructure growth, and manufacturing productivity. … https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/dialogue-justin-kershaw-powering-supply-chain-innovation/

Dialogue: Terry Smith -- Keeping Cool and Remaining Flexible

Midsize military supplier Lion Vallen Industries competes with the big boys by rejecting the status quo and making the right investments. Q. What excites you about your leadership role at Lion Vallen? A: What we do: The LVI mission is to ensure the miss…
Midsize military supplier Lion Vallen Industries competes with the big boys by rejecting the status quo and making the right investments. Q. What excites you about your leaders… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/dialogue-terry-smith-keeping-cool-and-remaining-flexible/

The Global View: How Small Manufacturers Can Swim With the Big Fish

Over the past weekend, I was a speaker at a UCLA Strategy and Operations Management Association (SOMA) event. One question came up regarding the risk for a small vendor dealing with a larger manufacturer. What if something goes wrong? How can a small vend…
Over the past weekend, I was a speaker at a UCLA Strategy and Operations Management Association (SOMA) event. One question came up regarding the risk for a small vendor dealing wi… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-how-small-manufacturers-can-swim-big-fish/

Dialogue: Eric Fidoten -- Creating a High-Engagement Organization

Campbell Soup’s Eric Fidoten is helping to transform the company’s culture so that staff and supply chain partners can work together to build a more agile, responsive, and competitive business.
Campbell Soup’s Eric Fidoten is helping to transform the company’s culture so that staff and supply chain partners can work together to build a more agile, responsive, and competi… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/dialogue-eric-fidoten-creating-high-engagement-organization/

Are Import Duties Driving Your Global Manufacturing Strategy?

Want to sell your products into fast-expanding markets like Brazil or India? It could cost you well over 40% of the product cost in import duties if you don’t manufacture in the country. Does that make you want to set up a factory there?
Want to sell your products into fast-expanding markets like Brazil or India? It could cost you well over 40% of the product cost in import duties if you don’t manufacture in… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/are-import-duties-driving-your-global-manufacturing-strategy/

New Factors to Dominate 21st Century Manufacturing: World Economic Forum

Tomorrow’s manufacturing world could be very different from the way it is today. Future manufacturers must be prepared for more localized manufacturing supply chains, rapid innovation, global talent wars, game-changing new material breakthroughs, extensiv…
Tomorrow’s manufacturing world could be very different from the way it is today. Future manufacturers must be prepared for more localized manufacturing supply chains, rap… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/new-factors-dominate-21st-century-manufacturing-world-economic-forum/

Supply Chain Risk: After the Aftershocks

Nearly a year after a devastating 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami rocked Japan, scientists are tracking a massive, ocean-borne debris field that continues to migrate eastward. Scientists say the field—2,000 miles long, 1,000 miles wide, and consistin…
Nearly a year after a devastating 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami rocked Japan, scientists are tracking a massive, ocean-borne debris field that continues to migrate eastward… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/supply-chain-risk-after-aftershocks/

The Global View: Size Matters: The Challenge of Sourcing Smaller Projects in Asia

As a rule of thumb, large U.S. companies should deal with large companies in Asia, and small U.S. firms should deal with small firms in Asia. This rule also tends to apply to projects, especially sourcing projects.
As a rule of thumb, large U.S. companies should deal with large companies in Asia, and small U.S. firms should deal with small firms in Asia. This rule also tends to apply to proj… https://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-view-size-matters-challenge-sourcing-smaller-projects-asia/

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