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January 9, 2017 Leave a comment
Moving manufacturing where the labor is cheap isn’t sustainable — but consistently innovating is, Under Armour (NYSE: UAA)CEO Kevin Plank said in a speech recently.
Shoe manufacturing has largely moved abroad to Asia from Europe and the U.S., a function of inexpensive labor in those countries, Plank told an audience at technology tradeshow CES in Las Vegas on Friday.
Now, however, consumers are increasingly demanding locally-sourced goods, making manufacturing in the Americas a more attractive bet, he added.
“We should be bringing jobs back, not just to America, but tightening supply chains all over the world,” Plank said. “We have the ability to do it better. It’s time for all of us to make an investment.” Read more of this post
November 22, 2016 Leave a comment
A serious, and potentially frightening, security vulnerability involving some Android smartphones came to light Tuesday.
Phones made by Blu, a U.S. company, were transmitting their owners’ personal data to a computer server in China owned by Shanghai Adups Technology Co., which supplies software to mobile device makers.
Initially, it was unclear how the data was being used, though security experts feared it could have been accessible by the Chinese government.
Now, however, Adups has issued an apology, saying that the data was collected in error and has been deleted.
May 11, 2016 Leave a comment
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Boca Raton, Florida – May 11, 2016 – CERTIFIED, INC. has announced the Company’s invitation and admittance into the highly selective Technology Business Incubator® (TBI) at the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, a move that will assist in furthering breakthrough advancements engineered by CERTIFIED in the area of cognitive research and the collection of big data. CERTIFIED developed the Augmented Reality Visual Search Engine (ARVSE), a smartphone app named AUGI™, an advanced product tracking and tracing breakthrough. Read more of this post
April 4, 2016 Leave a comment
Advanced manufacturing technologies are helping to push the United States back toward being the most competitive manufacturing nation in the world, according to a new survey of global CEOs and other senior executives. Read more of this post
March 24, 2016 Leave a comment
A Chinese man has pleaded guilty in a “years-long” conspiracy to hack into U.S. networks to steal sensitive information, including data on the C-17 cargo plane and fighter jet aircraft, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. Read more of this post
March 5, 2016 Leave a comment
China aims to become a world leader in advanced industries such as semiconductors and in the next generation of chip materials, robotics, aviation equipment and satellites, the government said in its blueprint for development between 2016 and 2020. Read more of this post
July 24, 2015 Leave a comment
The ‘Industrial Internet’ is poised to overhaul the way companies manufacture goods, in turn changing our everyday interactions with products. Read more of this post
January 5, 2015 Leave a comment
By Michael Kling
Updated By Adam Reiser
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The lack of young people entering the manufacturing field threatens the future of the U.S. manufacturing renaissance, warns a new study.
Older workers, who dominate manufacturing, are leaving the work force in droves, but few young people are entering the field to replace them, according to the study from information and technology company ThomasNet.com. The study included responses from 1,209 engineers and purchasing agents, business owners and managers and sales and marketing executives from manufacturers, distributors and service companies.
Over three-fourths of manufacturing employees are 45 and older, the survey indicates.
“With Generation Y (18 to 32 years old) expected to make up 75 percent of the work force by 2025, and older employees exiting in droves, manufacturing’s ‘biological clock’ is ticking away,” the report notes.
Yet most manufacturers show a lack of urgency to fill their pipeline with skilled workers.
Three-quarters of companies surveyed say 25 percent or less of their work force are in the Generation Y age group. While 29 percent say they will increase employment of Generation Y workers in the next two years, almost half expect their numbers to stay the same.
Manufacturers say negative perceptions about work in their industry prompts young people to avoid the sector. But instead of being dirty, boring work, modern manufacturing is a high-tech world of computer-aided design and production. Half of survey respondents say a career in their industry provides satisfaction as well as competitive wages and benefits.
The shortage of skilled workers comes at a time when the industry is rebounding. Over half of manufacturers grew in 2012 and nearly two-thirds expect to grow this year. Nearly seven out of 10 will introduce new products this year.
“Considering that many companies (42 percent) are increasing employee headcount this year, the time to cultivate a new work force is now,” the study stresses.
Lack of basic skills in young workers is a drawback.
Manufacturers are developing partnerships with schools to help improve training and increase their emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “The jury is out on whether these efforts alone will be enough,” the study says.
The United States is well-positioned to revitalize its manufacturing sector, says Philip Odette, president of Global Supply Chain Solutions, in an article for ManufacturingNet, an industry news site.
“The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum.”
Companies must work to educate young people about the advantages of a career in manufacturing, he explains.
“Even something as simple as recording yourself demonstrating a process can boost the credibility of your company and increase its presence in the minds of students and teachers in your local area,” he advises. “Videos of new equipment or an impressive process don’t have to be reserved to sales pitches — they can be investments in attracting a new work force.”