Category: Manufacturing Strategies

Supply Chain Matters Highlights and Insights from the Global Trade War Front- July 13, 2018

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides our July 13 weekly update and insights commentary on the pace and impact of global trade and tariff events impacting global supply chains. Events continue to move rather quickly, and we will provide updates and insights on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

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Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Activity Dips Further in Q2- Initial Signs of a Trade Induced Slowdown

Global manufacturing and supply chain activity and other specific regional geographic indices reflect a dip in activity this past quarter and a discernable slowdown from prior momentum. If industry supply chain teams were seeking evidence of whether current global trade tensions and tariff actions were having a discernable impact, the latest indices do point to a turning-point.

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Tesla Achieves Crucial Model 3 Production Milestone in Q2- But With Extraordinary Effort

Electric powered automaker Tesla completed Q2-2018 achieving its critical milestone of producing over 5000 Model 3 vehicles in one week. However, from our Supply Chain Matters lens, the achievement was hollow, and not reflective of a sustained production cadence under predictive cost controls.

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Supply Chain Matters Weekly Trade and Tariff Commentary

Events on the global trade and tariff front are moving at such a rapid rate, that the Supply Chain Matters blog has elected to provide a weekly update commentary, starting this week.

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Today is Groundbreaking for Foxconn’s Proposed U.S. Manufacturing Facility

President Donald Trump visits Wisconsin today to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for Foxconn’s announced investment in a $10 billion electronics manufacturing facility in southwest Wisconsin. Today’s ceremony comes with a lot of undertones.

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Foxconn’s Equity Investment in Vizio- Supply Chain and Manufacturing Play

An Asian based publication reported last week that global contract electronics provider Foxconn, and its LCD panel manufacturing arm Innolux, have acquired equity stakes in North America based television brand Vizio. This move has significance expanding the consumer electronics supply chain ecosystem in the U.S. for the production and assembly of televisions.

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Airbus Once Again Threatens Impacts of a Hard Brexit

UK based The Guardian reports that European based commercial aircraft manufacturer Airbus has confirmed that the company has undertaken serious consideration regarding the sourcing of aircraft wing manufacturing among British factories because of the continued lack of clarity relative to Brexit consultations.

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Major Announcement in the Industrial Internet of Things Technology Market Segment

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides insights on a major announcement made in conjunction with PTC’s Liveworx 2018 technology conference held in Boston this week. This announcement has strategic implications in the Industrial Internet of Things technology market in the months to come.

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Supply Chain Matters Highlights of World Trade Day Conference- Part Two

Supply Chain Matters provides Part Two highlights of the 33rd Annual Global Trade Day conference presented by The John H. Chaffee Center for International Business at Bryant University in Smithfield Rhode Island. Highlighted is the session related to technological advances impacting global supply chains.

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