Chinese Factory Production Slows Amid Energy Crisis

Chinese Factory Production

Amid coal shortages and new energy usage goals, factories in China have been forced to limit or completely halt production to comply with energy use limits.  A new report shows just how these hurdles have impacted the nation’s overall production capabilities.  On Thursday, a new report showed that Chinese factory production contracted in September for …

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September 2021 Manufacturing ISM®Report On Business®

ISM Manufacturing Report

Manufacturing PMI® at 61.1% New Orders, Employment, and Production Growing Supplier Deliveries Slowing at Faster Rate; Backlog Growing Manufacturing Inventories Growing; Customers’ Inventories Too Low Prices Increasing; Exports and Imports Growing (Tempe, Arizona) — Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in September,with the overall economy notching a 16th consecutive month of growth, say the …

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Canadian Solar Firm to Open New Manufacturing Center in New York

solar manufacturing

Last week, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that Canadian solar firm Ubiquity Solar Inc. will establish its first U.S. solar photovoltaic manufacturing center in the former IBM site located in Endicott, NY. The company is investing nearly $61 million into the project and expects to create up to 150 highly skilled jobs in the …

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Reshoring on Pace to Hit Record Highs 


The reshoring of jobs back to the U.S. has been a major focus for both sides of the political aisle with the past and current administrations alike placing an emphasis on bringing back jobs. A recent report shows that reshoring efforts this year could not only surpass last year’s figures but also set a new …

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Manufacturers Turn to Gen Zers Parlaying Streaming into Product Selling Channel

Gen Z

This article originally appeared in the September 2021 issue of Manufacturing Outlook. To read the latest issue or to receive your free subscription, visit By Thomas R. Cutler The new Gen Z and Entertainment divisions of the Manufacturing Media Consortium are looking at the way young D2C (direct to consumer) entrepreneurs use streaming to …

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Driving Digital Transformation Through Mobile Technology

Driving Digital Transformation

This article appears in the September 2021 issue of Manufacturing Outlook. To read the latest issue or to receive a free subscription, visit By: Robin Fleming, Co-Founder & CEO of Anvl  The past year brought a significant paradigm shift to the “normal” way of working around the world. During the pandemic, there was an …

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Cass Transportation Index Report

Trucking Picking Up Slack; Costs Continue to Rise August 2021 Year-over-year change 2-year stacked change Month-to-month change Month-to-month change (SA) Cass Freight Index – Shipments 1.234 12.3% 3.7% 4.8% 5.0% Cass Freight Index – Expenditures 3.832 42.2% 34.9% 9.2% 11.3% Truckload Linehaul Index 148.8 12.6% 7.8% 1.1% NA   Cass Freight Index – Shipments The shipments …

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