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Rpt: Samsung May Build a U.S. Manufacturing Base For…

Rpt: Samsung May Build a U.S. Manufacturing Base For…

Feb 2, 2017

“Rpt: Samsung May Build a U.S. Manufacturing Base For Appliances” By Se Young Lee, Reuters, Fox Business Samsung may build a U.S. plant for its home appliances business, a person familiar with the matter said, the latest global firm to consider a response to criticism about imports from new U.S. President Donald Trump. Specifics such as the amount the electronics giant might invest and where the new base might be located have yet to be decided, said the person, declining to be identified due to lack of authorization to speak publicly on the matter. The new U.S. administration has threatened an import tax while President Donald Trump has attacked some of the world’s biggest companies for manufacturing abroad for U.S. consumers, stoking much alarm and triggering a rash of promises to invest more in the United States. Samsung said in an emailed statement that the company continues to “evaluate new investment needs” in the United States but did not comment on specific plans. The company said in November, prior to Trump’s election, it would invest more than $1 billion in its chip plant in Austin, Texas by end-June. To date, South Korean firms have not been singled out about imports but even so, some have embarked on preemptive moves to ward off criticism. The Hyundai Motor Group said last month it plans to lift U.S. investment by 50 percent to $3.1 billion over five years. LG Electronics Inc also announced in January that it will decide on whether to build a manufacturing base in the United States within the first half of the year and warned of risks from the Trump administration’s trade policies. LG is considering Tennessee as a location for a new home appliances and television plant as part of its deliberations, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. “This is something that has been under consideration for years at LG, but the current political situation is simply accelerating that timeline for a decision,” the person said, An LG spokeswoman declined to comment. (Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Edwina...

Apple and the Battle for American Manufacturing

Apple and the Battle for American Manufacturing

Jan 31, 2017

By Steve Minter, IndustryWeek After decades of offshoring, President Trump is making a concerted effort to return manufacturing to the U.S. Could the world’s most valuable company become the poster child for that reshoring tide? “I’m going to get Apple to start making their computers and their iPhones on our land, not in China. How does it help us when they make it in China?” After his victory last March in the Super Tuesday primaries, that was the message from candidate Donald J. Trump, who also had criticized dozens of other companies for moving, or planning to move, production offshore from the United States. While Trump criticized Apple a number of times during the campaign, he took a very different tone at a December 14 meeting with a bevy of Silicon Valley giants, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Alphabet’s Larry Page. “I’m here to help you folks do well,” Trump said at the start of the meeting, according to a Bloomberg report. Like it or not, Apple may find itself at the center of a debate concerning the future of American manufacturing. Over the past few decades, many manufacturers have moved jobs from the United States to low-cost countries. In business circles, it has been accepted that this was an inevitable evolution and that the future of the United States lay mainly in the service sector, a transition from low-paying brawn jobs to high-paying brain jobs. While it originally manufactured its computers in the U.S., Apple long ago moved to a system where it designed its products in the United States but used a network of largely Asian manufacturers, in particular Taiwan-based Foxconn, to produce components and assemble its products ranging from the MacBook and the iPad to the ubiquitous iPhone. Both the products and the process have been roaring successes, making Apple the most valuable company in the world. For the past two fiscal years, the Cupertino, Calif., firm has had sales exceeding $200 billion annually and net income of $45 to $53 billion. Moreover, the company is sitting on a cash reserve of more than $237 billion. With a market cap of approximately $640 billion, Apple is much too...

Tesla Is A ‘Gift To U.S. Manufacturing’

Tesla Is A ‘Gift To U.S. Manufacturing’

Jan 30, 2017

By Jayson Derrick, Benzinga Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research is a big believer in Tesla Motors Inc outlook and its CEO Elon Musk. In a research report Monday, Chowdhry argued that Musk and his Gigafactory plan is the “poster child for the new USA manufacturing” and the “blueprint for the modern manufacturing.” Elbowing Aside The Competition Chowdhry stated that Tesla’s “GigaScale” is essential for the USA to retain its manufacturing leadership. Meanwhile, some of the largest and most notable tech companies are falling well short of Musk’s vision. Specifically, Apple Inc. new headquarters in Cupertino, California, is just 2.8 million square feet, while Boeing Co Everett factory is 4.3 million square feet. And Tesla’s Gigafactory? A staggering 10 million square feet that boasts the following: Designed for volumetric efficiency. Optimized for density. Twenty (20) percent of workers require similar skills to Apple’s chief design officer Jonathan “Jony” Ive but are designing the actual factory, parts and curvature. Another 30 percent of workers are process engineers who are tasked with rethinking every production step using the first principle thinking. A new “Modern Supply-Chain-as-a-Service” thinking powered by Microsoft’s Azure Cloud. A tight vertical integration system that provides real-time visibility on supply, zero transportation costs, zero packaging costs and zero tariffs, among others. Paving The Way For Trump’s Dream Come True Bottom line, due to the factors above the analyst believes that Tesla’s Gigafactory is 10 times more efficient than any similar hypothetical factory and is “essential for the USA to regain its global leadership in manufacturing.”...

Toyota Announces $600M Expansion, Hiring 400 New Jobs…

Toyota Announces $600M Expansion, Hiring 400 New Jobs…

Jan 25, 2017

“Toyota Announces $600M Expansion, Hiring 400 New Jobs In Indiana” By Andy Szal, Manufacturing.net Toyota on Tuesday announced plans to invest $600 million and add 400 new jobs to its auto plant in Princeton, Ind. The project, which includes retooling as well as new equipment and advanced technology, is scheduled to begin in late 2019. It will enable the southwestern Indiana facility to manufacture an additional 40,000 additional Highlander SUVs per year. The Princeton facility churned out a record 400,000 Highlanders last year, company officials said. “The Highlander has been a great vehicle for our plant and we are excited to deliver even more of them to our loyal customers,” Toyota Indiana president Millie Marshall said in a statement. Numerous automakers made investments in U.S. plants in recent months in an effort to bolster production of trucks and SUVs, which have higher profit margins and are selling well amid low gas prices and improved fuel efficiency. Some vehicle makers are also shifting production of lower-margin small cars into Mexico, which drew repeated criticism from President Donald Trump. The Princeton project is part of $10 billion in planned investments in Toyota’s U.S. plants over the next five years....

How Shop Floor Smart Glasses Create A More Connected…

How Shop Floor Smart Glasses Create A More Connected…

Jan 25, 2017

“How Shop Floor Smart Glasses Create A More Connected Workforce” By Brian Ballard, Manufacturing Business Technology When Google Glass launched in May 2014, consumers struggled to figure out how the product could fit into their everyday lives. Fast forward to today, and smart glasses have found a welcoming home — the enterprise. In fact, a new Forrester Research report finds that enterprises are expected to spend more than $30 billion on smart glasses through 2025. A majority of these enterprises are manufacturers, many of whom are discovering the value smart glasses can bring to the workforce on the shop floors. The reality is that as factories get smarter and more information-rich, there is a very real need to get that critical information to the people participating in those work processes, in a format that is more readily accessible and safer than earlier experiments with mobile technology on the factory floor. Using smart glasses equipped augmented and assisted reality software applications, shop floor workers receive critical information, including complex instructions, reference documents, diagrams, checklists, machine data, images and videos, right in their line of sight. The availability and accessibility of vital information supports greater overall productivity, allowing workers to do their jobs with first-time quality and resolve issues while keeping their hands free. The following are six ways smart glasses on the shop floor are helping manufacturers improve efficiency and quality: Instant visibility into production data. Smart glasses can connect with a manufacturer’s systems of record, like an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Manufacturing Execution System (MES), to provide workers with real-time data, charts and graphics depicting information essential to production. Machine state, shift state, line yields and even Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) are available at the worker’s fingertips — or, as this new capability suggests, in their field of view. With access to this information, users can make adjustments to their processes to unveil new efficiencies. For example, Jabil, a global provider of electronics design, production and product management services, is using customized workflows on smart glasses to track OEE on multiple lines at one facility. With this insight, Jabil improves production line availability to ensure the timely processing of customer orders. Real-time troubleshooting and...

Press Release: CPA Supports President Trump’s Executive…

Press Release: CPA Supports President Trump’s Executive…

Jan 24, 2017

Press Release: CPA Supports President Trump’s Executive Order to Withdraw US from TPP The Coalition for a Prosperous America Washington~In his first day of office, President Trump signed an executive order to withdraw the US from Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. “It’s a great thing for the American worker, what we just did,” said President Trump while signing order. This executive order fulfills a campaign promise to rewrite America’s trade policy during his first days as president. CPA supports the executive order and applauds President Trump for holding true to his campaign promises. “President Trump’s fulfillment of his campaign promise to withdraw from the TPP shows he is serious about trade reform,” said Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA. “We look forward to working with the administration to balance trade, grow our manufacturing and agricultural supply chains and protect our sovereignty.” “This is very good news as a first step on a long road for bringing jobs in the factory and the farm back to the USA,” said Brian O’Shaughnessy, CPA Chief Co-Chair and Co-Chair for Mfg. “The TPP has no language to offset currency manipulation, border adjustable tariffs and extends the power of foreign tribunals to force our country to change our laws to conform to their wishes.” “TPP would be a ‘more of the same’ in a long line failed trade deals,” said Dan DiMicco, CPA Board of Director. “Trump is right to withdraw and it should not be resurrected.” CPA and other organizations have drafted a document listing 13 principles that should be included in all future trade agreements: Balanced Trade:Trade agreements must contribute to a national goal of achieving a manageable balance of trade over time. National Trade, Economic and Security Strategy:Trade agreements must strive to optimize value added supply sustained growth Reciprocity:Trade agreements must ensure that foreign country policies and practices as well as their tariff and non-tariff barriers provide fully reciprocal access for U.S. goods and services. The agreements must provide that no new barriers or subsidies outside the scope of the agreement nullify or impair the concessions bargained for. State Owned Commercial Enterprises:Trade agreements must encourage the transformation of state owned and state controlled commercial enterprises (SOEs) to private sector...