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Manufacturing Industry News

Federal support, the steady march of automation and more


The Senate recently passed the America COMPETES Act, which helps pay for semiconductor chip manufacturing, increase scientific research and revives lapsed trade programs.


The US manufacturing sector slowed in March due to higher input prices and continued supply chain woes; nevertheless, the sector added 38,000 jobs in March. Across the world, a decline in Chinese factory output is expected to ripple through the world economy.


There is broad recognition that the United States needs a bigger skilled manufacturing labor pool. Fortunately, institutions across the country like Calhoun Community College and Drake State in Alabama, Kent Intermediate School District in Michigan, and Arkansas State University-Newport are stepping up to the task by providing new training programs and grants to train the next generation of manufacturing leaders.


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A recent article in Forbes highlights the need to not just deploy modern technology in manufacturing, but to make sure that all the parts fit together and work in a coordinated way.


The CHIPS Act is set to funnel billions of dollars of investment into semiconductor manufacturing in the United States. The need for a robust semiconductor supply chain was driven home by recent parallel decision by Ford and GM to halt production at two Michigan plants because of a shortage of chips.


There is increasing attention to ESG matters among manufacturers. The brick and concrete manufacturer Ibstock has targeted a 40% reduction in carbon output by 2030, while analysts and leaders are now paying more attention to the close relationship between ESG practices and supply chain resilience.