Our domestic supply chain is not adequately self-sufficient because U.S. manufacturing is too often not price competitive. Productivity is key to becoming competitive. Unfortunately, U.S. manufacturing productivity has grown at less than 1% for years, while Chinese productivity grows at about 6%.
U.S. companies invest less, on average, than major offshore competitors and therefore have older equipment. Companies could invest more, taking a longer-term view and doing the math more accurately on domestic versus offshore investment and sourcing. However, companies are discouraged by a consistently low rate of capacity utilization and low return on investment (ROI). The government can play a key role by leveling the playing field to increase utilization and raise the ROI.
Recommended actions include a massive skilled workforce program and a lower U.S. dollar value. Companies will respond with increased productivity and training. The combination of increased productivity, skilled workforce, and a lower valuing of the U.S. dollar will increase American manufacturing by an additional 25% (3 million employees) over the next 15 years, requiring an unprecedented surge in equipment purchases.
Tune in as Pat McGibbon, chief knowledge officer, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, and Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative, talk automation.
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