Manufacturing

The Real China: Read it and Weep

A friend sent us this piece by History Professor Victor Davis Hanson, and we think it’s good enough to pass along in its entirety. By: VICTOR DAVIS HANSON October 3, 2019 6:30 AM A man stands in front of riot police officers during a protest in the Sham Shui Po district of Hong Kong, China, October 1, 2019.(Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)But did she wake up just in time or too late? In these times of near civil… Read More


Climate Change? Global Warming? We Have Questions

If you are confused by all the projections and claims from the climate changers, welcome to the club.  We read a few things recently, and so here’s a newsletter far from the beaten path of manufacturing OEM suppliers. For more than 20 years we’ve been bombarded with alarming predictions from all manner of famous and not-so-famous people, including prominent politicians from Al Gore to AOC.  The basic message has something to do with elevated greenhouse… Read More


Durable Goods: How Are We Doing?

We have noted a number of pessimistic economic forecasts lately, what with Brezit yes and Brexit no, not to mention Trump vs. China and the nervous Dow.  So to those in the durable goods business, how are you doing?  Please let us know via our blog. In the meantime, we looked at a number of economic websites, but who knows which of them are credible?  One of us here at Proficient Sourcing is an econ… Read More


Want Suppliers Help with Innovation? Just ask!

According to numerous websites and Linkedin groups, developing more sophisticated and innovative supplier relationships is on many OEM buyers’ agendas.  We have a white paper on this very subject. Developing such supplier relationships is probably most common with the most important and large suppliers.  However, this may be opportunity lost.  Many small manufacturing companies are managed by people who are latent inventors, driven internally to diagnose how things work and then how to make them… Read More


Unusual Requests and Happy Customers

We are a business created to help procurement folks find good suppliers for outsourced manufacturing. We are primarily interested in equipment/machinery OEM’s because most of the work we do involves that particular segment of manufacturing. If this is your space, check us out. In fact, Proficient Sourcing has experience is a wide variety of applications, most of which are metalworking: supply requirements involving parts for some OEM product. And although we offer a wide variety… Read More


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


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


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