Reshoring News and a Real Project

The Reshoring Institute noted that 2018 had the highest level of new reshoring and foreign direct investment (FDI) in history; up 38% from 2017.  A recent article (link below) from their website reports these exciting data: “The combined reshoring and relatted FDI announcements totaled over 145,000 jobs, the second highest annual rate in history.  Including upward revisions of 36,000 jobs in prior years, the total number of manufacturing jobs brought to the United States from offshore… Read More

The Supplier “Fires” a Customer! New Supplier Needed FAST

Proficient Sourcing exists to help buyers find excellent custom manufacturing suppliers. Occasionally the buyer has issues that impede a good search, and in those cases we can have a very helpful role. Here’s an example: Recently we were contacted to assist a supplier who wanted to “fire” a customer. Ultimately we were able to find an effective solution and the result is all parties are happy. The supplier no longer has a problem customer and… Read More

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

Durable Goods and the US Economy

Last newsletter we wrote about the general state of the economy, which noted overall positive factors, but weakness in durable goods.  Since durable goods manufacturing is the area of our greatest interest, we thought we would probe further. Durable goods orders and the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI seemed like two appropriate measures for something as complex and inscrutable as economic forecasts.  We seek something useful that’s understandable by normal people. Since we’re looking at durable… Read More

How is the US Economy Doing?

Recently Larry Kudlow, Trump’s Director of the Economic Council, presented a very rosy description of the US economy.  Among other claims was that we (the US) is the best economy in the world, and where business and money wants to be.  So we wanted to know more, and looked at The Balance for more info.  We found an excellent (and BRIEF) summary, and the 6 factor highlighted are these: Jobs: A healthy economy adds 150,ooo… Read More

Overcoming the Salesman’s Advantage

Professional Purchasing had this intriguing article, and we have several observations.  The position of the author is this:  “It is commonly accepted that, all other things being equal, a purchasing agent/buyer is at a disadvantage in negotiation with a salesman”. The relative size and sophistication of buying and selling sides of a situation can be anywhere on the entire scale, so there are doubtless circumstances where the article’s premise is correct.  We believe this would… Read More

Servicing Rotating Machine Components, Motion Control and Drive Train Parts

Proficient Sourcing is focused on machinery and equipment components.  One family of these items consists of processing machinery rolls, gears, gear boxes, journals, self lubricating bearings/bushings, and sprockets.  We have a group of companies that prosper with these sorts of items. Equipment with process rolls, idlers, presses, and carrier rolls may require services such as OD grinding and even hard chrome plating, not to mention repairs.   Here are a couple of articles that deal with… Read More

Help for Hard to Find Manufacturing

In some cases Proficient Sourcing becomes involved with sourcing the difficult.  We have had success doing just that. Most of the sourcing we have done is machining and fabrication work, along with injection molding and foundry work.  However, in some cases we are seeking a supplier for something unusual.  That might be exotic materials or extreme sizes or hard to find processing equipment.  Here are some examples of such sourcing work, all of which resulted… Read More

Thermoforming Plastic Parts

Most businesses use plastic components and perhaps packaging.  Thermoforming is a most common technology for such items, and we have an excellent source. While these products helps your company function and succeed, do you know how exactly that item was crafted? Below is our source’s summary that very briefly explains the plastic fabrication process. How Does the Thermoforming Process Work? Initial Stages Before a model is made, you’ll create a 3-D design using computer-aided design (CAD) software. This… Read More

OEM Procurement Professionals Need Choices: Asked and Answered!

Our mission is to give OEM procurement professionals worthy supplier choices.  Over the past year we have concentrated on machinery and equipment OEM’s, and have assembled an impressive collection of suppliers who prosper in this area.  The following situation illustrates how we can help save time and effort. Recently a foreign equipment manufacturer contacted us.  This company is selling equipment in the US, but manufactures 100% elsewhere.  They made a strategic decision to create a… Read More