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Why Is it So Hard to Transplant Lean in Low-Cost Countries?

After rushing to offshore production in pursuit of lower-cost labor, many manufacturers have spent the past few years rethinking that decision. They’ve learned that, while offshoring production bound for core markets to lower-cost countries can bring chea…
After rushing to offshore production in pursuit of lower-cost labor, many manufacturers have spent the past few years rethinking that decision. They’ve learned that, while offshor… http://gilucom.gilcommunity.com/blog/why-it-so-hard-transplant-lean-low-cost-countries/

Study: Dramatic Sustainability Gains Are Due to Process Improvement, Not Offshoring

U.S. manufacturers have made dramatic gains over the past few years in reducing polluting emissions, even as the industry as a whole has increased production. But have those gains been primarily the result of process improvements and new technologies? Or …
U.S. manufacturers have made dramatic gains over the past few years in reducing polluting emissions, even as the industry as a whole has increased production. But have those gains… http://gilucom.gilcommunity.com/blog/study-dramatic-sustainability-gains-are-due-process-improvement-not-offshoring/

What’s the Truth About Reshoring?

Much has been said and written over the last few years about the importance of the so-called reshoring trend – returning manufacturing operations back to domestic sites rather than offshoring to Asia and other overseas locations – as a way to ensure the f…
Much has been said and written over the last few years about the importance of the so-called reshoring trend – returning manufacturing operations back to domestic sites rather tha… http://gilucom.gilcommunity.com/blog/whats-truth-about-reshoring/

Mid-Term Election: Tax Reform, Workforce/Skills Top Council Issues

Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council met yesterday to discuss what’s most at stake for the manufacturing industry in this year’s mid-term Congressional elections, an important event in which 33 Senate and all 435 House seats are up for grabs.
Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council met yesterday to discuss what’s most at stake for the manufacturing industry in this year’s mid-term Congressional elections, an im… http://gilucom.gilcommunity.com/blog/mid-terms-election-tax-reform-workforceskills-top-council-issues/

Thailand: Latest Example of Offshoring Risk

As the leadership crisis continues to play out in Thailand, manufacturers are receiving a clear reminder of the risks that social and political upheaval can mean to offshore production.
Popular Discussions As the leadership crisis continues to play out in Thailand, manufacturers are receiving a clear reminder of the risks that social and political upheaval can … http://gilucom.gilcommunity.com/discussion/thailand-latest-example-offshoring-risk/

Whatever Happened to the “China Price”?

Similarly, for several years, it has been the assumption that manufacturing costs in China were so much lower than in developed countries that manufacturers-- particularly in the U.S. and Western Europe--would have little choice but to offshore production…
When I was growing up, any product with a “Made in Japan” label was assumed to be cheap and of much lower quality than a comparable product made in the U.S. It took many years—… http://gilucom.gilcommunity.com/blog/whatever-happened-china-price/

Offshoring: How Do You Cope with Time Zone Burnout?

By now, many of the downsides associated with offshoring are painfully well-known to manufacturing executives: High transportation costs, long lead times, quality and intellectual property protection concerns and, increasingly, rising labor costs.But one …
Popular Discussions By now, many of the downsides associated with offshoring are painfully well-known to manufacturing executives: High transportation costs, long lead times, qu… http://gilucom.gilcommunity.com/discussion/offshoring-how-do-you-cope-time-zone-burnout/

Manufacturing Executives: Victims of Group Think

Apple is the latest company to join the U.S. reshoring parade, with CEO Tim Cook announcing that the technology titan will manufacture one of its Mac computers in the country in 2013.
Apple is the latest company to join the U.S. reshoring parade, with CEO Tim Cook announcing that the technology titan will manufacture one of its Mac computers in the country in 2… http://gilucom.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturing-executives-victims-group-think/

Automation and Offshoring - The Engine That Drives Fear (Megatrends 2012)

Although roboticsand technological innovation will undoubtedly attract the youthful "tinkers" (even if they are at a minimum), how does the manufacturing sector expect to attract anyone outside of that bright and engineer-oriented "2%" when the three most…
Although roboticsand technological innovation will undoubtedly attract the youthful "tinkers" (even if they are at a minimum), how does the manufacturing sector expect to attract … http://gilucom.gilcommunity.com/discussion/automation-and-offshoring-engine-drives-fear-megatrends-2012/

Can Ford Beat Asia’s Finest On Their Home Ground?

Ford today signed a major memorandum of understanding to build a new $1 billion integrated auto production facility in the Indian state of Gujurat.
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://gilucom.gilcommunity.com/discussion/can-ford-beat-asias-finest-their-home-ground/

Is Brazil About to Get a Global Boost in Manufacturing?

News that Apple’s iPhone and iPad maker, Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group, is considering investing up to $12 billion in new manufacturing and assembly plants in Brazil, may mark the beginning of a significant shift in global awareness about the world's …
Related Articles Article 1 Article 2 Article 3 Stay in Touch               Not a Council Member? Click HERE to find out more about the Manufacturing Leadership … http://gilucom.gilcommunity.com/discussion/brazil-about-get-global-boost-manufacturing/

Navigating Sustainable Supply Chain Management in China Takes a Keen Eye & Business Sense

2010 marked a watershed moment in supply chain sourcing among worldwide manufacturers and retailers. Sustainability observers and practitioners read nearly weekly announcements of yet another major manufacturer or retailer setting the bar for greener supp…
2010 marked a watershed moment in supply chain sourcing among worldwide manufacturers and retailers. Sustainability observers and practitioners read nearly weekly announcements of… http://gilucom.gilcommunity.com/blog/navigating-sustainable-supply-chain-management-china-takes-keen-eye-business-sense/

Global Manufacturing: Because It’s Worth It

With a worldwide reputation for cosmetics that rejuvenate, France’s L’Oréal is setting an innovative example to global manufacturers on how to re-invigorate global manufacturing by applying a transformational foundation of cultural and technological chang…
With a worldwide reputation for cosmetics that rejuvenate, France’s L’Oréal is setting an innovative example to global manufacturers on how to re-invigorate glo… http://gilucom.gilcommunity.com/blog/global-manufacturing-because-its-worth-it/

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