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Topics related to supply chain improvement including supply network flexibility, supplier collaboration, supply chain logistics, and building the supply chain of the future

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supply chainwhitelineGlobal Manufacturing Outlook: Fostering Growth through Innovation
June 2012
Categories: Current State of Manufacturing, Innovation, Supply Chain

While macroeconomic uncertainties still abound, global manufacturers are using the low-growth environment to ramp up their innovation activity, increase efficiency, and add value to their offerings simultaneously. KPMG’s new report, Global Manufacturing Outlook: Fostering Growth through Innovation, examines an industry experiencing transformational shifts and the strategies manufacturing leaders are using to adapt to ongoing volatility, drive innovation, and position themselves for both top and bottom-line growth.


supplychainwhitelineBuilding the Supply Chain of the Future
January 2011
Categories: Supply Chain

Emphasis on supply chain logistics and the technical aspects of improving them.





The Manufacturing Value Chain Is Much Bigger Than You Think! - February 2016
The MAPI Foundation finds that manufacturing’s footprint is much larger than merely the value-added at the factory loading dock. Manufacturing plant activities lie near the center of a substantial and complex value chain that is composed of an upstream supply chain that gathers materials and services and a downstream sales chain that moves goods to market and sells and services goods. Manufactured goods are also intermediate inputs in nonmanufacturing industries’ supply chains.  The MAPI Foundation discusses their major findings in this paper. Categories: Current State of Manufacturing, Capital and Cost, Education and Workforce, Supply Chain

Reshoring: Myth or Reality? - January 2016
The news that (manufacturing) companies in OECD economies are increasingly bringing manufacturing activities back home has attracted much attention in recent years. Headline cases of a number of large multinational companies have given increased visibility to the phenomenon of reshoring in the (economic) press, academic research and policy discussions. The debate on re-shoring is very lively, but considerable disagreement exists about how important this trend actually is. Different terms such as reshoring, back-shoring, near-shoring and onshoring are often used interchangeably and largely contribute to the confusion surrounding this new phenomenon. This paper brings together the available evidence, not in an attempt to prove who is right or wrong in the discussion - the issues raised by reshoring will most likely not be settled for quite some time - but rather to understand how important reshoring is, not only as regards its impact on individual companies but also from a more aggregate economy-wide view. The paper also discusses the phenomenon of reshoring in more detail, by unpacking the concept itself and analysing the different motivations why companies choose to reshore activities. In doing so, the paper aims to help guide the policy discussions on reshoring in light of the actions and plans that haven been taken by some governments in OECD countries. Categories: Current State of Manufacturing, Global Competitiveness, Federal and Industry Collaboration, Supply Chain

Manufacturing’s Next Act - June 2015
The focus of this article is on Industry 4.0, the next phase in the digitization of the manufacturing sector.  It reveals some powerful emerging currents with strong potential to change the way factories work. Most of these digital technologies have been brewing for some time. Some are not yet ready for application at scale. But many are now at a point where their greater reliability and lower cost are starting to make sense for industrial applications. However, companies are not consistently aware of the emerging technologies. Manufacturers should begin today to join the hunt for the best digital talent, and think about how to structure their digital organization. Categories: Current State of Manufacturing, Innovation, Global Competitiveness, Education and Workforce, Best Practices, Productivity, Supply Chain

3D Printing and the New Shape of Industrial Manufacturing - June 2014
Surely, the potential of 3D printing (3DP) has captured the popular imagination.  From jet engine parts to made-to-fit bikinis, the technology is being hailed as a revolution in how products are manufactured.  According to estimates, the global 3DP printer market is poised to hit $6 billion by 2017 from $2.2 billion in 2012, with global shipments of printers costing less than $100,000 expected to reach about 98,000 in 2014, roughly twice as many as 2013.  But in the heartland of US industrial manufacturing, 3DP appears more on an evolutionary track, as companies large and small shape 3DP programs—and as 3DP printers, software and materials science advance.  To get a clearer picture, PwC surveyed over 100 industrial manufacturers, from small contract manufacturers to multinationals.  Based on this survey, interviews with industry leaders and a PwC analysis surrounding the economics of 3DP, this report explores how and why companies are bringing this technology closer to an effective tipping point of adoption. Categories: Current State of Manufacturing, Innovation, Capital and Cost, Productivity, Supply Chain

The Emerging U.S. Rail Industry: Opportunities to support American manufacturing and spur regional development - November 2013
A number of factors have come together to heighten the importance of rail transit to the U. S. economy. These same factors present new opportunities for domestic manufacturers of rail cars and equipment to benefit, however, historical and structural barriers to seizing these opportunities exist. This paper explores each of these areas in detail and makes recommendations to policy makers on how they might best support a strong and growing domestic supply chain for the rail transit industry. Categories: Innovation, Capital and Cost, Global Competitiveness, Federal and Industry Collaboration, Education and Workforce, Supply Chain

New Report: Foreign Direct Investment In the United States - October 2013
The United States has been the world’s largest recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) since 2006. Every day, foreign companies establish new operations in the United States or provide additional capital to established businesses. With the world’s largest consumer market, skilled and productive workers, a highly innovative environment, appropriate legal protections, a predictable regulatory environment, and a growing energy sector, the United States offers an attractive investment climate for firms across the globe. Categories: Innovation, Capital and Cost, Global Competitiveness, Supply Chain

On the Threshold: Refocusing U.S. Export Assistance Strategy for Manufacturers - June 2013
This report offers observations and recommendations on how to increase small and mid-size manufacturers (SMMs) SMMs’ contribution to manufacturing exports; and answers questions related to: the importance of exporting to SMMs with the greatest export growth potential, types of assistance exporters need, the importance of innovation and supply chain for growing exports, and export assistance in a a limited funding environment. The report is in support of a major joint research efforts undertaken by MEP and the U.S.Commercial Service. Categories: Innovation, Global Competitiveness, Federal and Industry Collaboration

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation - November 2011
This report from the McKinsey Global Institute, presents a clear view of how manufacturing contributes to the global economy today and how it will probably evolve over the coming decade.  Findings in the report include:  manufacturing's changing role, manufacturing is not monolithic, and the new dynamic phase of manufacturing. Categories: Current State of Manufacturing, Innovation, Global Competitiveness, Education and Workforce, Best Practices

What's Your Plan for 2025? - October 2011
Provides a thorough view on the struggles of today and tomorrow’s U.S. manufacturers. Focus areas include: customer priorities through innovation; globally local operations; supply network flexibility; agility on the shop floor and beyond; sustain and partner for scarce resources. Categories: Current State of Manufacturing, Innovation, Best Practices, Productivity