How Will Western Business History Rate Offshoring?

Forget about lost manufacturing jobs and the social implications. In time, Western high-tech companies and other manufacturers may come to rue their decision to offshore manufacturing to Asian low cost locations. As rivals pop up like daisies in China, some observers in Europe and North America are moving to the conclusion that offshoring was at…

Re-shoring to Kentucky in Balluff’s Production Plan

Florence, Ky. – With the 2014 completion of Balluff’s new state-of-the-art customer support and training center in Florence, KY on Industrial Road; space is now available for expansion in their original location on Holton Drive.  Balluff’s global managing director and owner, Florian Hermle, announced recently that the company will be focusing on local production and “by…

“Next-shoring”? Manufacturing’s New Watershed Moment

Industry forecasts point to significant growth for the duration of 2014 and beyond; but this growth is not just more of the recent same. There are new demand drivers shifting the supply chain balance and with it a new trend in manufacturing is budding. At the center of the growth in consumer electronics is the…

NJR, UMC Achieve High-Volume MEMS Microphone Mfg

Hsinchu — New Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (New JRC) and United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TSE: 2303) (“UMC”), a leading global semiconductor foundry, today announced that the two companies have successfully collaborated to achieve high-volume manufacturing for NJR’s MEMS (micro electro mechanical system) microphone products. Adding UMC’s MEMS manufacturing capabilities to NJR’s Fukuoka and Kawagoe fabs will ensure NJR’s…

ISM: Manufacturing Grew in July

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®. The report was issued today by Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the Institute for Supply Management®(ISM®)Manufacturing…

Emerging Markets Attract High-Tech but Dangers Lurk

Two demographic trends are positioning emerging markets at the forefront of the technology sector’s future: The rise of the global middle class and urbanization. Over the last decade, the cumulative proportion of global output for the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) has increased from 38 to 50 percent. Other emerging markets,…