Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Reshoring Updates

1. Chicago Tribune -- "In a corner of a manufacturing plant in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles, a dozen workers steadily assembled electric motors that until December were produced in China. The Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. workers inserted copper wires, tested the assembly and then readied them for the next step, the addition of a gearbox. The end products, gear motors, are used in everything from ice machines to solar panels. At one time it made sense for Bison to import motors from China, but no longer."

2.  "Saunders Manufacturing Co. is reshoring plastics manufacturing jobs as part of a pledge to bring jobs back to the United States. The Readfield, Maine-based manufacturer of aluminum clipboards, forms holders and plastic storage clipboards will relocate jobs from China to LC Industries in Jackson, Miss."

3. "Whirlpool Corp.’s KitchenAid brand is bringing production of its hand mixers back to the U.S. from China. That shift will mean new business for suppliers of the mixers injection molded parts, said Larry Simpson, global business development manager for KitchenAid Small Appliances. The company is in the process of moving production now to Greenville, Ohio, which is already home to KitchenAid’s larger stand mixers. Motors will still be made by key suppliers for St. Joseph, Mich.-based KitchenAid in Asia, but the bulk of other components will move to local sources."


At 3/27/2012 8:04 PM, Blogger VangelV said...

Reality check from recent Der Spiegel story:

An internal strategy paper titled "Global Assembly Footprint" was presented at a "GM Global Business Conference." According to the document, the US company plans, if sales increase, to produce 80 percent of the additional vehicles in so-called low-cost countries such as Poland, Russia, China, India, Mexico and Brazil. Currently, General Motors still produces nearly half of its cars in high-cost countries in North America and Europe.

The strategy means that plants in the United States, Britain and Germany are threatened with closure. In low-cost countries, however, production will be expanded. While production in Bochum is to be stopped by 2015 at the latest, production capacity in Gliwice, Poland, will be increased by 25 percent. Another reason why factories like those in Bochum have no future is because GM wants to increasingly supply the European market with imports from low-cost countries. By 2016, an additional 300,000 vehicles will be exported to Europe from plants in Mexico, Korea and China

At 3/28/2012 9:56 AM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

Make baby, make.


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