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Making the Business Case for the Offshoring Business Model

There is a lot of talk these days about the benefits of moving back to onshoring and nearshoring. But that doesn’t mean offshoring should be abandoned altogether. Many CEOs continue to benefit from moving production of goods sold in America to Asia or another low-cost region.

Dale Buss Manufacturing , Outsourcing June 5 2014

Supplier Opportunities Abound in Growing Automotive Market

The auto industry has always provided a trickle-down effect of business to several layers of suppliers. And now that domestic car production is resurging, U.S. suppliers are feeling more confident about moving forward with their own expansion plans.

Dale Buss Manufacturing June 5 2014

A Smart Manufacturing Summit Roundup

Chief Executive’s Smart Manufacturing Summit is in full swing in Peoria, Ill., home to Caterpillar Inc.’s global headquarters. Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman opened the two-day event this morning. Trending right now: Tours of the Caterpillar facility are underway.

Lynn Russo Whylly Manufacturing May 21 2014

Auto Manufacturing Redraws its Map

Every time a site consultant or state economic-development official turns around, some automaker or large supplier is expanding a plant, ordering tooling for a promising future model, domesticating production that occurred offshore or even plotting a whole new facility. It’s happening across America’s increasingly prosperous auto belt.

Dale Buss Best & Worst States , Manufacturing May 8 2014

Facing the Seven Biggest Challenges in Manufacturing

It’s no secret that American manufacturing has faced a number of significant obstacles. People say the industry is known for low wages, subpar working condition, and continual quality control issues, none of which help attract new workers — but are those actually the biggest challenges facing manufacturing right now?

Tom Bonine Manufacturing , Manufacturing Newsletter , Operations , Talent Management April 1 2014

Mixed Reactions from the Manufacturing Industry on President’s Budget Proposal

Judging from initial reactions from top trade groups, manufacturers are of two minds concerning the President’s proposed budget. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) scorns the tax increases saying it blocks growth, but likes some of the other provisions. The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), on the other hand, sees the prospect for wider tax reform and some benefits to manufacturers in proposals for infrastructure spending.

ChiefExecutive.net Manufacturing , Manufacturing Newsletter , Operations March 10 2014

5 Trends Shaping the Future of Manufacturing

Emerging enterprises and CEOs thinking of starting new manufacturing or product design businesses have a number of tools including social media and digital marketing that allow them to take an idea and bring it to market faster, cheaper and with an intimate customer connection. Here are five trends that can provide a tailwind to help.

ChiefExecutive.net Leadership & Strategy , Manufacturing , Manufacturing Newsletter , Operations March 10 2014

GE CEO Jeff Immelt on the Future of GE-and of American Manufacturing

Not long ago, materials were cheap and labor was expensive. Today, the reverse is true, which is why it makes sense to re-shore production in many sectors. But more importantly, the product is increasingly part of the process, driving more companies to embed their know-how and innovativeness with the product itself, says GE CEO Jeff Immelt. That and the prospect of cheaper energy due to the fracking revolution will boost manufacturing in America.

JP Donlon CEO Briefing Newsletter , CEO2CEO Summit , Leadership & Strategy , Manufacturing , Operations March 10 2014

What Are the True Implications for Manufacturers After the UAW Verdict at VW?

Manufacturing CEOs in the South and elsewhere heaved a sigh of relief after Volkswagen workers in Tennessee rejected United Auto Workers union representation. This isn’t the end of unionization attempts at transplants or suppliers.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Manufacturing , Operations March 2 2014

Lean Production’s Next Frontiers and How CEOs Can Benefit

Lean is one of the biggest management ideas of the past 50 years, says McKinsey’s Ewan Duncan and Ron Ritter in the current issue of the McKinsey Quarterly. It may have started in assembly plants and other factory settings but it has moved into services ranging from retailing and healthcare to financial services, IT, and even the public sector. How might CEOs outside of manufacturing apply some of these insights to their companies?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Manufacturing , Operations February 23 2014

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