Competitiveness en Bike Production Shifts Gears and Rolls Back to the US <div class="field-byline"> Harry Moser, Founder/President, Reshoring Initiative and Sandy Montalbano, Consultant to the Reshoring Initiative </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>After decades of offshoring, established bicycle brands and entrepreneurs are bringing bicycle manufacturing back to the United States as overseas costs rise and companies realize the value of "local for local" production.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Competitiveness Companies & Executives Growth Strategies Procurement Trade Global Economy Supply Chain The Latest Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:30:00 +0000 477681 at <p>Kent International will roll out approximately 350,000 bikes at its Manning, S.C. factory, but expects to produce about 500,000 bikes in the U.S. in 2017, and has set a target to ramp up to more than 1 million bicycles by 2020.</p> US Manufacturers Too Slow to Adopt Industry 4.0: BCG Study <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>U.S. manufacturers need to gain a deeper understanding of how they can apply digital technologies and accelerate the pace of adoption.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Competitiveness Digital Tools Information Technology Leadership Technology IoT and the Digitization of Manufacturing The Latest Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:00:00 +0000 476011 at ABB Bolsters Power Grids to Defy Investor's Push for Breakup <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The Swiss tech leader is reshaping its power grids in a bid to show key investor Cervian that the division is better off as part of the bigger company.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Competitiveness Companies & Executives Global Economy Leadership Technology The Latest Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:56:00 +0000 472981 at ABB German Factory Orders Surge <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The report added to signs that Germany’s economy is gathering pace after a slowdown in the third quarter. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Competitiveness Trade The Latest Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:49:00 +0000 472521 at Copyright Thomas Niedermueller, Getty Images What Trump Can Learn About Jobs From China and Robots <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>China has had the manufacturing edge for the last seven decades thanks to cheap labor and product specialization. Will that hold up with extra investment in automation?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automation Competitiveness Companies & Executives Global Economy Leadership Technology The Latest Trump and Manufacturing Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:02:00 +0000 471671 at Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images Obama Impedes Chinese Takeover of Aixtron on Security Risk <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>This marks the second time Obama has blocked a deal on national security grounds.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Competitiveness Public Policy Finance The Latest Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:37:00 +0000 470481 at Copyright Getty Images Jobless Rate Falls to Nine-Year Low, but Factory Payrolls Fall <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Payrolls at factories fell by 4,000, after a 5,000 decline in the previous month.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Competitiveness Workforce The Latest Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:43:00 +0000 464551 at Copyright Spencer Platt, Getty Images Manufacturing in US Expands at Best Pace in Five Months <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Manufacturing production is at a two-year high, while data coming from the Department of Labor on Friday is expected to show that factory employment is down by 3,000.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Competitiveness Global Economy Workforce The Latest Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:21:00 +0000 462951 at <p>An employee welds pipe at Pioneer Pipe in Marietta, Ohio. The construction, maintenance and fabrication company employs around 800 people, supplying products to the oil and gas industry</p> Getty Images Steelmakers Merges in China to Forge New National Leader <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>The merger comes as Beijing pushes consolidation in the industry to combat overcapacity. China has vowed to eliminate 100-150 million tons of capacity -- out of a total of 1.2 billion tons -- by 2020.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Competitiveness The Latest Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:27:00 +0000 462721 at Carrier Reaches Deal with Trump on Indiana Jobs <div class="node-body article-body"><div></div>Vice President-elect and Indiana Governor Mike Pence spearheaded the negotiating effort and President-elect Trump will travel to the factory on Thursday to announce the agreement, according to CNBC.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Competitiveness Companies & Executives Expansion Management Strategic Planning & Execution Global Economy Workforce The Latest Trump and Manufacturing Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:21:00 +0000 460571 at Copyright Getty Images