Next-shoring: Your Manufacturing Future?

The rapid pace of change in a few key areas has reshaped manufacturing strategy.  New developments have led to “next-shoring”, which means locating suppliers and manufacturing facilities near to locations where both customers are as well as sources for innovation.  Innovation, according to most sources, occurs most easily when manufacturing is nearby.  And this became one shortcoming of offshoring. In the recent past, locating manufacturing in low labor cost countries was a high priority.  Recently,… Read More

US Manufacturing Jobs (and more)—Then and Now

There’s a lot of political noise lately about jobs and especially manufacturing jobs.  So what’s realistic and what’s the story with all this?  We found a couple of articles that provide clues (links at the end). Most of us involved in manufacturing know of the good old days when the US was king of the world, manufacturing jobs were plentiful and paid well with generous benefits.  All that was due in large part to the… Read More

Complex Sourcing Project (in process)

For over 10 years we have been interested in obtaining government contracts for manufactured parts or even products. After all, given we have a large and varied network of custom manufacturers, we should be a desireable connection for contracts.   Now we are in the midst of a significant government contract for a multi-year and multi-million dollar project. This work is a good example of the sort of thing we do. Perhaps it would fit… Read More

iPhones made in the US? Maybe so!

The new administration seems focused on bringing manufacturing back to the US and keeping companies from moving offshore. The keys for manufacturing success in the US are, above all, a prosperous buying population. We also have a good transportation system, abundant and cheap energy, and a very productive work force (if we can continue to find good workers!). There are lots of things that can be done to improve these factors, not to mention tax… Read More

Reshoring: An update

The 2016 presidential campaigning contained a great deal of commentary about bringing jobs back to the US; manufacturing jobs in particular. Harry Moser, the president of the Reshoring Initiative wrote a lengthy article in late October, “Reshoring: The Trend from Globalization To…” which gives an excellent update on the United States’ reshoring situation. This is a summary of that article: “One of the hottest topics in the election campaign has been the offshoring of jobs and whether… Read More

3D Metal Printing-A Primer

3D printing continues to advance as a viable manufacturing option.  From SLA to laser sintering/melting techniques, it is now possible to create a working part from a very wide variety of materials.  3D printed metal parts/products is growing rapidly, particularly in those industries where products are very complex and have limited quantities. If you foresee 3D printing of metal parts, this article is intended as only a very brief introduction to a complicated subject.  If… Read More

Price vs. Long Term Supplier Relationships

Do buyers initiate new supplier relationships with the long term in mind or is a request for quote simply a low price search? There are lots of opinions on this, and situational circumstances vary widely. Proficient Sourcing deals with situations involving custom manufacturing of parts, assemblies, and occasionally building complete products and equipment for others. As is the case with many markets, we believe there are indisputable benefits to long term supplier-buyer relationships. Getting there,… Read More

It’s All About the Relationship

This is the title of a lengthy Q & A article in the May, 2016 Medical Product Outsourcing. This article explores the present blossoming community of collaborations between medical device OEM’s and their suppliers, and why this is occurring. This newsletter summarizes several points from this article. Proficient Sourcing has some experience in this market, and medical device OEM’s have concerns in many ways similar to those of aerospace, automotive, pharma, and some DOD OEM’s…. Read More

Single vs Multiple Sources for Custom Manufacturing

Proficient Sourcing deals with buyers who seek suitable candidates for manufactured items. The buyer may desire a single source, or want more than one. We’ve worked both sides—insistence on a sole source as well as finding competitors when multiple sources are the case. The choice is entirely up to the buyer; our job is to provide solutions. So we have thoughts on the subject and hope you will contribute any you might have to our… Read More

How is US Manufacturing Doing?

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the first time in the last six months, while the overall economy grew for the 82nd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®. Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 12 are reporting growth in March in the following order: Printing & Related Support Activities; Furniture & Related Products; Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Miscellaneous Manufacturing; Machinery; Plastics & Rubber Products; Food, Beverage & Tobacco Products; Fabricated… Read More