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MCG for Supply Chain Statistics

The Manufacturing Cost Guide (MCG) is a tool that estimates industry statistics for the manufacturing supply chain based on economic input-output analysis. It allows users to estimate value added for an industry and its supply chain. For example, a user could estimate the supply chain components of the automobile manufacturing, which would estimate the value added from all the other industries that is used by the automobile manufacturing industry. The tool also estimates the types of labor that are used, compensation, environmental impact, energy use, and assets in the supply chain. Data is organized using standardized categories such as the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system along with other non-standardized costs.

CostGuide - Metal Plate
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gregory Kirchner welds a metal plate in the metals fabrication shop at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 27, 2017. Kirchner is assigned to the 3rd Maintenance Squadron. The aircraft metals technology airmen measure broken or worn parts, draw working sketches, make templates, perform precision grinding and remove deposits from parts. They also write programs for machines using manual and computer-aided manufacturing. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher.

The tool can also scale supply chains so that it represents an individual manufacturers supply chain. For instance, a manufacturer can enter the value of their shipments and the tool will scale the statistics to their value of shipments.

The tool can be used to answer questions such as:

  • What is the environmental impact of automobile manufacturing and its supply chain?
  • What is the value added for semiconductor manufacturing industry and its supply chain?
  • An organization is conducting research to reduce redundant engineering labor. How much do manufacturers spend on engineering?
  • A researcher is proposing a project to reduce the use of steel by advancing material standards, thereby, reducing scrap caused from material deficiencies. How much do manufacturers spend on steel?
  • A research organization is proposing to reduce energy consumption from machinery. How much is spent on energy for machine operation?
  • An organization wants to promote energy efficient lighting in manufacturing facilities. How much do manufacturers spend on lighting?

We welcome any comments or suggestions for further developing this tool:  douglas.thomas [at] (douglas[dot]thomas[at]nist[dot]gov)


Created March 21, 2019, Updated April 11, 2023