Manufacturing is anything but stagnant, and these six US manufacturing trends are making a huge impact! The increase of automation is huge. There has been more outsourcing and leasing and efficiency goes up. " As part of this ongoing “efficiency push,” many U.S. manufacturers have outsourced non-core functions and services they previously did in-house, such as parts manufacture, maintenance, payroll services, and benefits management." There are more services and globalized manufacturing. Strategic partnerships are increasing globally, and manufacturing jobs are coming back to the United States.
What are the major trends transforming manufacturing in the U.S? Conventional wisdom, as reflected in much of the U.S. news media, seems to view manufacturing as an unchanging or change-averse business sector notable for its grease-stained, blue collar workforce and outdated heavy equipment. This stigmatizing (and utterly mistaken) perception often positions U.S. manufacturing as stuck in some bygone era, akin to an old machine left out in the rain. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, U.S. manufacturing is being transformed and disrupted by precisely the same forces transforming the rest of the business landscape: the evolution of digital technology, globalized logistics and partnerships, and an accelerating need for organizational agility. 5.7 million manufacturing jobs were shed between 2000 and 2010, yet overall manufacturing productivity boomed at the same time Far from being lost in some bygone era, U.S. manufacturing is actually ahead of the “change” curve in so many business areas. In this post, we explore six of these trends transforming U.S. manufacturing: Read More