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Rare Earths: Once Again With Feeling!

”Chinese state media is now suggesting that rare earth (17 elements that serve as key components in devices ranging from defense weapons, lasers, hi-tech smartphones and cameras to flat-screen televisions and computers) exports to the US could be cut in retaliation for American measures sparking fear among manufacturers.  If Beijing chooses to make good on these threats, the impact on US manufacturers could be disastrous”. Rare earths are present and critical in such vital items… Read More


Rare Earths – Continued

If your supply chain includes items involving rare earths, a recent executive order signed by president Trump would be worthy of your attention. According to a Washington Post article from December 20, 2017, “President Trump signed an executive order….instructing his deputies to devise a strategy to reduce the nation’s reliance on critical minerals that are largely imported and used to produce everything from smartphones to weaponry”.  If this means the government is going to take… Read More


Rare Earth Update

We’ve found frequent news about rare earth metals.  Last year there was considerable strategic concern, and we are relieved to learn this is not the only opinion. From the May 05, 2015 tech blog Gizmodo comes this:  “Rare earth elements are hard-to-find metals that we need for batteries, solar cells and electronics. These days, they’re mostly mined and processed in China. But it wasn’t always so. The history of rare earth elements is surprising, and some… Read More


Are Rare Earth Elements a purchaser’s nightmare?

If not today, then perhaps tomorrow? Lurking near the surface, but under the public awareness these days is an issue that might have great economic consequences in the years ahead. And that issue is the supply of rare earth elements (REE), which are critical components to a great number of things. We became aware of REE supply issues because of an ongoing interest in solar energy (energy in general, for that matter). While Proficient Sourcing… Read More


Coronavirus: What’s the Future of our China Relationship?

We’re in the midst of a world-wide event with the coronavirus, unlike anything we’ve seen before. But it will end, and then what will our relationship with China look like? Our current emphasis on equipment and machinery OEM’s hasn’t seen much change yet, but it’s very early. Hard to imagine anyone who’s customer and supply base hasn’t been affected or won’t be shortly. Let’s all hang tough and work to stand tall when all this… Read More


China’s Strategic Challenge

Doing business in any foreign country presents many challenges. These are magnified when language and culture very from what you are used to.   Exporting manufacturing to China has brought great short term benefits and long term concerns. So when we found a brief summary of China’s culture and history in explanation of their strategic challenge to the US, we thought you would find this of value. A link to the complete article is at the… Read More


Energy — A Ginormous and Vital Political Football

The US is the world’s #2 energy consumer, so it’s important to keep track of energy policy (or the lack thereof) as the new administration takes charge.  Cheap and abundant energy is important for manufacturing’s health, and we look forward to a new positive policy direction. As we contemplate the end of 2017, and wish all of you a very Merry Christmas season and Happy New Year, we find the information on energy both complicated… Read More


Is This a Procurement Nightmare?

We’ve found frequent news about rare earth metals. Last year there was considerable strategic concern, and we are relieved to learn this is not the only opinion. From the May 05, 2015 tech blog Gizmodo comes this: “Rare earth elements are hard-to-find metals that we need for batteries, solar cells and electronics. These days, they’re mostly mined and processed in China. But it wasn’t always so. The history of rare earth elements is surprising, and some… Read More