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Assessing the Impact of Global Supply Chain Shocks

The vulnerability of complex global supply chains, built over decades of globalization, has been exposed by COVID-19 and geopolitical shocks. Take the global automotive industry. Southeast Asia is neither the largest consumer market for automobiles nor a major provider of core components and technologies. Yet the region has become a strategic hub for some auto… Continue reading Assessing the Impact of Global Supply Chain Shocks

Sustainable Manufacturing – more than just a buzzword

A quick perusal on the websites of any of the biggest names in Food & Beverage and Life Sciences companies and we inadvertently stumble upon the corporate commitment to sustainability. The goals are similar: the decoupling of growth from the environmental footprint, and increasing social impact. Promoting ethical behaviour is good for a brand and… Continue reading Sustainable Manufacturing – more than just a buzzword

Africa’s green manufacturing crossroads: Choices for a low-carbon industrial future

In Africa, the decarbonization of the manufacturing sector and economic growth and industrialization can go hand in hand; the choices the continent makes now will be critical for its future success and prosperity.

Podcast | China vs. Southeast Asia: Where Is Manufacturing Going?

You might think that the recent spate of supply chain disruptions would have caused a stampede of manufacturers out of China, or at least prompted them to diversify sourcing. But that hasn’t been the case. COVID-19 is just the latest in a long string of disasters and glitches to impact global supply chains, and expose… Continue reading Podcast | China vs. Southeast Asia: Where Is Manufacturing Going?

Supplier diversity increasingly important, but hurdles remain: report

Dive Brief: Companies have stepped up their efforts to work with more minority and women-owned businesses, with 53% of North American respondents in a Jaggaer-Tealbook survey saying supplier diversity is a “high priority.” Still, many still report roadblocks in setting up supplier diversity programs. The survey, which polled 90 companies around the world in April… Continue reading Supplier diversity increasingly important, but hurdles remain: report

Chip Shortage to Cost Automakers $210 Billion in Sales: Analysis

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The global semiconductor shortage will lead to 7.7 million fewer vehicles produced in 2021, costing automakers billions in lost sales, according to consulting firm AlixPartners. The forecast, released Sept. 23, estimates that the shortage will cost the auto industry $210 billion globally in lost revenue in 2021, up sharply from the May… Continue reading Chip Shortage to Cost Automakers $210 Billion in Sales: Analysis

New AmCham Shanghai Survey Finds U.S. Multinationals “Bullish On China”

A new survey out today underscores a gap in thinking about China between U.S. multinational companies on the ground in the country and Americans back home. Whereas surveys taken among Americans as a whole tend to find negative views,  “U.S. MNCs are bullish on China,” according to the 2021 China Business Report released by the… Continue reading New AmCham Shanghai Survey Finds U.S. Multinationals “Bullish On China”

Full Mini MOKE production to return to the UK

The revived Mini MOKE recreational vehicle will be built entirely in the UK following a new agreement with manufacturing firm Fablink. Popularised by the likes of The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Brigitte Bardot, the original MOKE became a sixties icon. The original Mini-based beach buggies were made at British Motor Corporation’s (BMC) Longbridge plant… Continue reading Full Mini MOKE production to return to the UK

How to Use ISO 9004 to Improve Your Manufacturing Operation

Management How to Use ISO 9004 to Improve Your Manufacturing Operation Responding to the organization in the mirror Published: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – 12:02 The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an independent, nongovernmental, international organization that develops standards to ensure the quality, safety, and efficiency of products, services, and systems. As technology continues… Continue reading How to Use ISO 9004 to Improve Your Manufacturing Operation

Apprenticeships and Workforce Development Programs Are Having a Moment

The manufacturing skills gap has been a topic of discussion for several years. According to a 2021 Deloitte study, it is estimated that by 2030, there will be 2.1 million manufacturing jobs that will need to be filled. Finding employees who are trained, skilled workers is becoming more critical in a post-pandemic world, and meeting… Continue reading Apprenticeships and Workforce Development Programs Are Having a Moment