More “Made in U.S.A.” products expected as U.S. manufacturers consider reshoring from China


Original post on Connie Lee, Arirang News. (Asian News)

President Barack Obama has often credited U.S. manufacturers with bringing jobs back to America, as he did back in February during his State of the Union address.

“Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again.”

Now, just half a year later, the U.S. is seeing more of this trend. Last month, Motorola opened up a new plant in Forth Worth, Texas, to build the nation’s first smartphone.
The plant created more than 2-thousand jobs. Google, which owns Motorola, says using the U.S. workforce is a smart business choice.

“We think this is a very, very safe bet. The reason is the math works. We get much more flexible products and the products themselves have been thoroughly well-reviewed.”

And it looks like more American companies are about to join the so-called “reshoring” movement to bring outsourced jobs back to the U.S. According to a recent survey by the Boston Consulting Group more than half, or 54-percent, of executives at major manufacturing companies say they are considering or planning to bring production back to the U.S from China.
That’s an increase from a year earlier in February 2012, when 37-percent of executives said the same.  The most common reason cited by executives for making this decision is labor costs.

Wages in China have been increasing about 15-to-20 percent per year, whereas wages in the U.S. manufacturing industry have risen less than 2-percent a year since 2011. Meanwhile, the Financial Times also reports that reshoring and rising exports could add up to 1.2 million jobs by the end of the decade but the effect would vary depending on the industry.

Connie Lee, Arirang News.

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One Response to More “Made in U.S.A.” products expected as U.S. manufacturers consider reshoring from China

  1. Reshoring has grown rapidly since 2010. More than 200 larger companies have publicly announced reshoring actions — examples include: Apple, Motorola, Foxconn and Lenovo. These actions inevitably impact thousands of domestic suppliers. If companies consistently evaluate all of the costs and risks, about 500,000 more manufacturing jobs would come back and the trade deficit fall by about 25%.

    The not-for-profit Reshoring Initiative’s free Total Cost of Ownership software helps corporations calculate the real P&L impact of reshoring or offshoring. In many cases companies will find that, although the production cost is lower offshore, the total cost is higher. TCO Estimator http://www.reshorenow.org/TCO_Estimator.cfm

    Readers can help bring back jobs and increase profitability by asking their companies to reevaluate offshoring decisions. Suppliers can use the TCO software to convince their customers to reshore.

    You can reach Harry Moser, founder/president of The Reshoring Initiative, at harry.moser@reshorenow.org | http://www.reshorenow.org

    Read ReMaking America AAM’s new book on how manufacturing may see a new dawn in America along with wealth and growth opportunities. http://americanmanufacturing.org/remake-america/ Harry Moser wrote the chapter on Reshoring.

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