Category Archives: Manufacturing

Nonlinear Thinking: The third industrial revolution begins

This is really good stuff from the Economist.   We were all over this three years ago. QUIRKY AND SHAPEWAYS are putting the tools of manufacturing into the hands of the masses using 3D printers and social networks. New products, designs … Continue reading

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Manufacturing Compensation Costs

Nice charts from the BLS.   Even though the big countries — China and India — it does give a a sense of the relative competitiveness of nations. Chart 1 – Average hourly compensation costs in U.S. manufacturing, at $35.53 in … Continue reading

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Foxconn to Teach American Engineers About Manufacturing

Interesting story from AP on Foxconn, the Taiwan based companies who manufactures many of the Apple products.  Two points jump out at us:  1) automated equipment;  and 2) lack of skilled workers in the United States. TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — … Continue reading

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China manufacturing model under threat – Reuters

Put this on the your inflation and profit margin watch.  And start monitoring prices at Costco and WalMart, which we see already ticking higher.  Also see our past posts. Companies like Foxconn, which assembles most of the world’s iPads and … Continue reading

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Nonlinear Thinking: A New Kind of Industrial Robot

A smarter, safer new industrial robot [Rethink Robotics] could bring automation to new areas of manual work and help many U.S. manufacturers regain a competitive edge. – Technology Review (click here if video is not observable)

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U.S. Economic Data Releases – June 4

US Factory Orders Post Surprise Fall in April – CNBC (click here if chart is not observable)

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Flash Eurozone Manufacturing PMI at 45.0, 35-month low

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Manufacturing Employment in the U.S.

Here’s an interesting data series we thought you might find enlightening. Note the peak in manufacturing jobs in June 1977,  which represented 22 percent of all nonfarm payrolls,  then, to fall to less than 9 percent of total employment today.   … Continue reading

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HSBC Flash China PMI Still Contracting

Markit reports, Commenting on the Flash China Manufacturing PMI survey, Hongbin Qu, Chief Economist, China & Co-Head of Asian Economic Research at HSBC said: “As April flash PMI ticked higher, this suggests that the earlier easing measures have started to … Continue reading

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Eurozone manufacturing slump worsens in March – Markit

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