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May's most critical business reports for manufacturers reveals a sector that continues to struggle with high prices, materials shortages, and global supply chain disruptions. This month we saw a big shift in the employment picture, some impressive gains in manufacturing capacity utilization, new data on producer prices, and changes in optimism among manufacturers.
Posted by Optessa
Production planning is all about attaining an optimal balance between supply and demand by factoring in several considerations, such as supplier constrains, production capacity, labor limitations and demand projections. While it's true that the best manufacturing-planning practices would ideally factor in all these considerations, most planning processes tend to disproportionately constrain the supply side.
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Trailers play a vital role in the trucking industry, which serves as a bellwether of the U.S. economy. In 2020, trucks hauled over 10 billion tons of freight. The revenue of motor carriers represented 80.4% of the revenue of all transportation methods.

Sadly, as supply chain and labor constraints struck, trailer orders in December 2021 declined 18% for the month and over 42% for the year. Still, as original equipment managers (OEMs) managed backlogs, order volume rose close to three-month norms. However, the labor shortage continues to impact trailer availability. Many parts also remain in short supply. OEMs continue to use all available tools, including signing bonuses, to meet demand.
Posted by IndustryNet
Building a new website for your business or redesigning your current website can strengthen your online presence and turn your site into a channel that will drive conversions and sales. For B2B marketers, the switch to a digital-first approach accelerated during COVID-19. Focusing on digital interactions opens new possibilities for scaling up and reaching out to a larger audience, but things like an outdated website can hold vendors back. So a new website is a crucial step toward delivering an optimal user experience and embracing digital sales.

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As manufacturing companies scramble to adapt to an upheaval in global supply chains due to the pandemic, many manufacturers are also facing shortages of needed supplies. A steel shortage is currently hitting the market, wreaking havoc on domestic supply chains. As a result, prices for steel have hit a 13-year high, while unfilled orders for steel in the fourth quarter of 2020 were at their lowest level in five years. So what's a manufacturer to do? This article will provide some key resources and advice for zeroing in on a steel supplier in the U.S.

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Activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector slowed for a second straight month in April, as industrial companies grappled with intensifying supply chain hurdles and high prices, according to the Institute for Supply Management's April survey of supply chain executives.

The ISM reports its index of manufacturing activity eased 1.7% in April to a reading of 55.4%.
Posted by Mid-West Spring and Stamping
When it comes to springs, specific parts are tailored for their specific duties. You would not use the type of spring found in a ball point pen in an automotive application. Instead, once you learn the different spring materials available, you can start making the best choice for your desired application.
Posted by IndustryNet
Miller Lighting Products, leading provider of LED lighting products, has announced the rollout of its new and improved catalog, highlighting its wide range of cutting-edge LED products and helping their customers more easily select the most efficient lighting solution for any application.
Posted by IndustryNet
Just as U.S. manufacturers contend with supply chain disruptions stemming from the war in Ukraine, a new threat has emerged with drastic COVID lockdowns in China potentially wreaking global supply chain chaos once again. Similar to what we experienced at the start of the pandemic, severe lockdowns in the world's second-largest economy are slowing the flow of cargo to and from China's ports, potentially contributing to shortages and inflation, and creating supply chokepoints across the globe.
Posted by SpecBond, Inc.
At SpecBond, we are dedicated to helping a wide range of industries meet their specialty tape and converting needs. Among the many considerations in creating an optimal PSA tape (pressure-sensitive adhesive tape), is whether to use a film release liner or paper release liner.
Posted by IndustryNet
Growth in Georgia's electronics sector surged over the past year, according to data collected firsthand from the state's manufacturers by MNI's research team.

Georgia is currently home to 8,519 manufacturers, that employ 509,783 workers. Over the past year, the state added 6,812 jobs or 1.3% to its industrial workforce.
Posted by IndustryNet
The second quarter of 2022 is shaping up to be another challenging one for U.S. manufacturers. While the war in Ukraine wreaks havoc in the global energy markets, a new supply chain debacle is beginning to emerge in China as the country enforces fresh COVID lockdowns. Yet, certain key metrics are beginning to improve. Discover key takeaways from the most vital manufacturing business reports released in April of 2022, including the latest data on output, labor, prices, regional activity, and more.
Posted by IndustryNet
Peak Toolworks, the largest engineered diamond and carbide cutting tools manufacturer in North America, celebrated the grand opening of its new manufacturing facility in Elkhart, Indiana with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Posted by IndustryNet
The U.S. battery industry is poised to grow rapidly over the coming years, as new demand for electric vehicles paired with billions of dollars earmarked for the production of advanced battery technology by the Department of Energy. New battery technology has played a significant role in promoting this expansion. While Tesla, Inc. is a well-publicized example, there are several other top battery manufacturers leading innovation and growth within the industry.

Posted by IndustryNet
Could a new industrial revolution save the planet? Industrialization brought with it many benefits, helping to raise the standard of living for vast segments of the population.

Unfortunately, the Industrial Revolution also brought with some long-lasting impacts we still struggle to manage. These innovative manufacturers are working to change that.
Posted by IndustryNet
The state of Texas continues to add manufacturing jobs at a steady clip, according to data collected firsthand from the state's manufacturers by MNI's research team. Learn more about what's driving employment growth in Texas.
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According to MNI. the state of Kansas added manufacturing jobs over the past year, helped by strong gains across multiple sectors.

Kansas is currently home to 4,423 manufacturers employing 205,534 according to data collected firsthand from Kansas manufacturers by MNI's data research team. Between February 2021 and February 2022, the state's manufacturing workforce grew by 1.3%, adding 2,767 jobs.
Posted by IndustryNet
Peak Toolworks ("Peak") has announced the completion of its acquisition of Tooling Concepts Inc. in Elkhart, IN. This has allowed the company to further its presence in the Midwest with this brick and mortar sharpening site, while adding to Peak's twelve locations across the USA and Canada.
Posted by IndustryNet
Activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector slowed in March, hitting an 18-month low as industrial companies faced heightened supply chain snarls and a surge in prices, while uncertainty over the war in Ukraine has begun to hit home.

Posted by IndustryNet
Conveyor belts are a key component for many industrial processes, ranging from materials handling to packaging. The right belting supplier should deliver quality products adapted to your unique needs.
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Are you thinking of applying for veteran-owned certification for your manufacturing company? Obtaining Veteran-Owned status confers many well-deserved advantages, but there are several steps you must take in order to attain this status, and there are strict eligibility requirements. In this article, we'll take a look at the advantages of becoming a certified veteran-owned company, the requirements you must meet, and the steps you can take to get the process started.
Posted by IndustryNet
Indiana's automotive sector saw a significant rise in employment over the past year, according to data collected by MNI, compiler and publisher of industrial business profiles for the nation's nearly 400,000 manufacturers.
Posted by IndustryNet
Bell F&F is pleased to announce the promotion of Deborah French Wright to the position of Senior Vice President and Fragrance Creative Commercial General Manager leading Bell's Fragrance division.

Deborah will further develop and execute strategies to optimize customer experience by closely linking Bell's creative and technology development resources with our customers' brands and their consumers.

Posted by IndustryNet
While manufacturing has historically been associated with men, women-owned manufacturers have played key roles at various points throughout history. In the United States, women have made crucial innovations in manufacturing or made up a significant portion of the workforce.

Posted by IndustryNet
The state of Florida gained manufacturing jobs in 2021 according to data collected by MNI, compiler and publisher of industrial business profiles for the nation�s nearly 400,000 manufacturers. Between February 2021 and February 2022, the state added 4,103 jobs or roughly one percent.
Posted by IndustryNet
As we head into the second quarter of the year, U.S. manufacturing companies continue to post strong gains in output and employment, yet relentless supply chain issues and potential fallout from the war in Ukraine continue to impact the sector. Discover key takeaways from the most vital manufacturing business reports in March of 2022, including the latest data on output, labor, prices, regional activity, and more.
Posted by IndustryNet
Bell Flavors & Fragrances is announcing the release of the 2022 Spark trend toolkit to identifying modern innovations within the flavor and fragrance industries. The toolkit has been reimagined, including both macro and micro trends that are applied to a flavor or fragrance category to identify what�s next.

Posted by IndustryNet
Every year, over 30,000 new products come to market. Unfortunately, 95% of them fail to make a successful launch. Leaping the hurdles to put an industrial offering into the hands of purchasers takes meticulous and exhaustive preparation. Following the recommendations given here will increase the odds in a seller's favor.

Posted by IndustryNet
According to data collected by MNI in 2021, 7,500 or roughly 2 percent of the 365,000 manufacturers in the United States are women-owned or led. 31% of women-led manufacturers are located in the U.S. South and 30% in the Midwest. The remainder are evenly divided between the East Coast (19%) and Pacific/Mountain region (19%).

955 of these companies import raw materials, while 2,318 distribute their products internationally. Today, we're going to take a look at the largest women-led companies in the U.S.

Posted by IndustryNet
Supply chain issues can give any purchasing agent nightmares. U.S. industry today copes with COVID-19, global conflict, and even shipping container shortages. Thus, domestic sourcing of chemicals is an increasingly attractive option.
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