Manufacturing

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A Middle-Class Wave in Mexico

This Latin American nation is poised for explosive growth in the years ahead – and it can thank a tech-savvy middle class.

In case you missed it, check out the first two articles in our Mexico series – The Fast Lane to Economic Opportunity and U.S. Manufacturers Find the Right Shore in Mexico. A country without a vibrant middle class is a country without a future. To grow this critically important demographic, any modern nation must provide its […]

The Fast Lane to Economic Opportunity

For U.S. and Mexican companies, cross-border trade can unleash unreached potential.

Trade is often portrayed as a zero-sum game in which one nation can excel only at the expense of another. Nowhere is this fallacy more evident than in the burgeoning relationship between the United States and Mexico. For context, the U.S. and Mexico exchange $1.4 billion in goods every day – that’s about $1 million […]

U.S. Manufacturers Find the Right Shore in Mexico

Mexico’s rise makes a compelling case for the right-shoring strategy for U.S. manufacturers.

Note from the Editor: We’re talking about Mexico all week here at Longitudes. We’ll take a look at the rise of the right-shoring movement, the growing importance of the U.S.-Mexico trade lane, the evolving nature of the Mexican middle class and the auto industry of tomorrow in Latin America. But really, Mexico’s ascent is a […]

Cruising at Altitude

Q&A with Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group about how aerospace growth has hit cruise control and what's coming up next.

The aviation industry has rarely looked so good, and that has Richard Aboulafia concerned. The self-described “Cassandra” of aviation, the vice president of analysis at Teal Group warns that industry players shouldn’t anticipate another dozen years like the ones that just passed — with ever-climbing demand and record-high deliveries. “I don’t see any reason to disrupt this […]

TED@UPS: What Happens When Pigs Fly?

Since these new consumer expectations are not going away, something’s got to give.

Summary:  “That will happen when pigs fly!” How many times have you heard that in your life? I heard it when I was a kid and tried to build a hovercraft from my Mom’s vacuum cleaner. I still hear it today from time to time. It’s what practical people say to dreamers. They’re often right…but […]

Don’t Make After-Sales An Afterthought

UPS research reveals that most small-to mid-size industrial machinery companies don’t see replacement parts and service as a way to stand apart. That’s a problem.

Industrial machinery manufacturers are wired to focus on what’s new. Such a mindset is understandable. Companies’ pipelines depend on developing the latest, most cutting-edge products to keep customers happy. It may sound counterintuitive, but for many manufacturers, new opportunity awaits in the services that are most easily overlooked. UPS data shows that 78 percent of […]

Industry 4.0: Smart Factories Need Smart Supply Chains

Automated manufacturing facilities will require higher levels of logistics integration.

It’s been just three years since Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research coined the term Industry 4.0 to describe a manufacturing and assembly process closely aligned through interconnected machines. Also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the next evolution of manufacturing has arrived with the promise of increased efficiency, productivity, and quality control achieved […]

7 Ways 3D Printing Is Disrupting Global Manufacturing

Why this innovation renaissance will only accelerate.

3D printing production is still in its infancy, but it is already inevitable. And if you look closely, you will find numerous indications that this historic shift is already well underway. For the last decade, 3D printing has been the playground of the maker community, while commercial applications have been limited to prototyping. But now, […]

3D Printing And The New Economics Of Manufacturing

3D printing production is still in its infancy, but it is already inevitable.

3D printing production is just scratching the surface of the multi-trillion dollar global manufacturing industry. But its dominance is already pre-determined. This is because modern manufacturing, despite numerous technological and process advances over the last century, is still a very inefficient global system. Today’s world of mass production is based on one simple rule: the […]

Not Your Grandfather’s Factories

Attracting millennials to manufacturing.

For much of the past 30 years, the American public’s view of manufacturing has been unrelentingly grim: shuttered factories, laid-off workers and the steady disappearance of “Made in America” products from consumers’ shelves. But U.S. manufacturing is showing strong signs of rebirth. Since the end of 2010, U.S. manufacturers have added more than 730,000 jobs, […]

Manufacturing Wealth

Can manufacturing be Africa’s route out of poverty?

All low-income countries have the potential for dynamic economic growth. We know this because we have seen it happen repeatedly: a poor, agrarian economy transforms itself into a middle- or even high-income urban economy in one or two generations. The key is to capture the window of opportunity for industrialization arising from the relocation of […]

Labor in the Age of Robots

Adapting the labor market to a world of increasingly automated workplaces is becoming one of the defining challenges of our era.

Fears about the impact of technology on the labor market are nothing new. In the early nineteenth century, a group of English textile workers known as the Luddites worried that new technologies like power looms and spinning frames would cost them their jobs. They protested by smashing the machines. Today, anxiety that new technologies could […]

Man vs. Machine

Will technology steal our jobs?

As technology transforms millions of jobs around the world, it has created a “second machine age”, which represents a new inflection point in history. Just as in the industrial age, machines are improving the effectiveness of the workforce – but they are also automating tasks that humans once performed. How will technology affect jobs in the future […]

The New Manufacturing?

Can service industries play the role that manufacturing did in the past?

The global discussion about growth in the developing world has taken a sharp turn recently. The hype and excitement of recent years over the prospect of rapid catch-up with the advanced economies have evaporated.Few serious analysts still believe that the spectacular economic convergence experienced by Asian countries, and less spectacularly by most Latin American and […]

Revitalizing India’s Manufacturing Industry

How manufacturing can help solve India's unemployment issues.

Increasing the GDP growth rate will be a major task for India’s new government. GDP growth will be critical for eradicating poverty and improving the living standards of India’s population.The economy also faces the daunting challenge of providing employment opportunities to about a million people being added to the job market every month. Rapid expansion […]

U.S. Manufacturing In Strong Condition

Despite falling employment, the U.S. manufacturing base is growing larger, more productive and more competitive

Recently, a number of studies, descriptive employment statistics, and statements by U.S. politicians have raised concerns about the strength of U.S. manufacturing. For example, in a January 2014 Journal of Economic Perspectives article, Martin Baily and Barry Bosworth expressed concern about the recent absolute decline in U.S. manufacturing employment, as well as the long-recognized decreasing […]

Has China’s Growth Only Just Begun?

Where there is weakness in China’s economy, there is also opportunity for sustained growth.

The way I view the prospects of the Chinese economy in the coming years is with guarded optimism – guarded because distortions are rampant in the economy, from the vast misallocation of resources to the highly distortionary macroeconomic structure that propels a vicious cycle – but optimistic, for exactly the same reason. The existence of […]

The Rise of Brilliant Machines

Advanced Materials Inspired by Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov pushed the boundaries of what was once thought to be physical limitations. He made people dream about how to make things easier, faster and lighter. Those dreams have inspired my work, and are exactly what we do today in material science and manufacturing. Asimov predicted that our use of gadgets would advance far […]

Powering the Next Energy Revolution

Shifting the future of energy into the hands of the consumer

The energy industry is on the cusp of a seismic shift — not simply in terms of the type of energy society will become dependent upon as the century progresses, but who controls it, too. It could be the biggest transformation in the market since the Industrial Revolution, except this time control won’t necessarily be […]