From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (4/19/2013)

The price of producing goods in China has so skyrocketed recently that according to at least one report outsourcing to China will cost virtually the same as producing the same goods domestically in roughly two years., meanwhile, ponders, Is the United States Ready to Take Back Manufacturing?

Brand Channel reports that for various reasons a number of foreign auto brands are looking to expand their U.S. manufacturing footprints.

The Department of Energy has announced what it is calling a Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative.

Prime Advantage, a consortium of mid-sized manufacturers, released the results of its fifth annual survey of manufacturing CFO which says, among other things, that the sector’s steady growth will continue to move forward in the months ahead.

Supply Chain News examines how manufacturing is doing five years after the Great Recession.

Mariana Mazzucato, writing in the Toronto Globe and Mail, says that one need look no further than Apple to find a compelling reason to revamp our current system of government innovation funding.

Writing in Foreign Policy, Clyde Prestowitz tells us why manufacturing still matters.

Tire Business cites a new study which finds that the auto parts industry is the largest employer in the manufacturing sector.

The Albany (NY) Times-Union recently visited the campus of RPI in nearby Troy and offers this view of robots and manufacturing’s future.

Writing in Industry Week, Dave Blanchard says Boeing’s eastern migration offers clues as to how U.S. manufacturing can remain relevant.

When it comes to its economy, exploding middle class and manufacturing capabilities, Forbes asks, What Is China’s New Normal?

Speaking of compelling questions, along with the whole robot/technology thing, Industry Market Trends asks, Is the U.S. the Next Low Cost Manufacturing Country?

The Baltimore Sun reports on General Motors unveiling the newest version of its electric car in nearby White Marsh.

And finally, back to the question theme for a moment, Robert Atkinson in Industry Week ponders, What is the Right Course for American Manufacturing?








2 Comments to “From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (4/19/2013)”

  1. Steven Howard 3 May 2013 at 9:37 am #

    The increasing cost of producing goods in China is refreshing news for the US manufacturing industry. Let’s get some of those jobs back!

  2. Tyson Gifford 3 May 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Very compelling question indeed. Is the U.S. the next low cost manufacturing country? I can see it happening. We have the technology (robotics, advanced automated conveyors, etc.) to actually produce products for a cheaper price than other countries with much lower wages but inferior technology and processes.

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