Manufacturers helped the nation pull through the Great Recession, and the sector is experiencing what some participants at FABTECH 2013 are calling a renaissance. A panel of manufacturing professionals discussed the state of the industry Monday during FABTECH, North America’s largest conference on metal manufacturing and technology. Read more
As manufacturers in the United States recalculate and compare the total costs of operating offshore, some are beginning to bring production back to the states. If the trend continues, as experts believe, reshoring could generate millions of new manufacturing jobs over the rest of the decade.
Worldwide demand for packaging equipment is expected to escalate in emerging markets. However, the market for end-of-line machinery will likely be softened by the abundance of manual labor. Read more
With the launch of the Moto X factory in Fort Worth, Texas, and Apple’s announcement that they will also assemble a Mac Pro stateside with a few components to be manufactured in the U.S., there is some optimism that the U.S. has established a new foothold in electronics manufacturing. Is this resurgence realistic, and if so, how long would it take? Read more
Large-scale production is the primary advantage being leveraged in China’s manufacturing of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems, according to a new report released today by the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and MIT. The assessment runs counter to the long-held belief that low labor costs and direct government subsidies have led to China’s dominance in PV manufacturing.
The study shows that China’s production scale has been enabled, in part, through preferred access to capital (indirect government subsidies) and the resulting supply-chain benefits.
The report suggests that the advantages enjoyed by China-based manufacturers could be reproduced in the United States. Read more