Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Skills Gap Might Actually be a Wage Gap

The Manufacturing Skills Gap Might Actually be a Wage Gap

We’ve commented on this before.  The inability of manufacturers to attract sufficient skilled workers may relate to that sector’s inability to pay an adequate wage.  According to a recent New York Times report, new study supports that notion: . . . .[While] the typical production job in the manufacturing sector paid more than the private […]

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China’s Low-Cost Road to Innovation

China’s Low-Cost Road to Innovation

We’ve previously mentioned the concept of jugaad innovation and how it may eventually pose a competitive threat to high-value-added activities in the US and other developed countries.  This week, the Wall Street Journal notes that, using a jugaad approach, Chinese chip producers are gearing up to undercut Western tablet makers.  And Apple, Google, et al. […]

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The Next Frontier for 3-D Printing:  Human Organs?

The Next Frontier for 3-D Printing: Human Organs?

For several years now, we’ve been following the potential for 3-D printing to change the economy.  The implications for boutique manufacturing and on-demand design and production are pretty impressive.  But here’s something we hadn’t anticipated:  using the technology to create replacement parts for humans.  CNN has the story:  

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Next-Shoring and the Restructuring of US Manufacturing

Next-Shoring and the Restructuring of US Manufacturing

We’ve already been given a warning that the idea of an American manufacturing renaissance is a myth.  In the video below, Katy George of McKinsey talks about how manufacturing may be dramatically restructured through “next shoring” and other developments.  

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A Contrarian Take on the US Manufacturing Renaissance.

A Contrarian Take on the US Manufacturing Renaissance.

In this Sunday’s New York Times, Stephen Rattner made the case that the much heralded manufacturing renaissance is a mirage: [We] need to get real about the so-called renaissance, which has in reality been a trickle of jobs, often dependent on huge public subsidies. Most important, in order to compete with China and other low-wage […]

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China Soon to be Global Leader in Automated Manufacturing

China Soon to be Global Leader in Automated Manufacturing

This from Global Crunch: China currently has just one-fifth the number of robots as Japan, and just one-third as many as the United States or Germany. But Akira says it’s just a matter of time before China surpasses the United States and Japan in having more robots. “The total sale of robots in China last year […]

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