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#198 Intelligence, Resources, and Data for the Manufacturing Industry with Cathy Ma

Today’s guest believes that manufacturing plays a vital role in creating new technologies to build a better world. Cathy Ma is the VP of Platform Growth and Engagement at ThomasNet, now owned by Xometry. She is passionate about using information, research, and knowledge to help all manufacturers, big or small, to thrive. Tuning in, you’ll hear about how Thomas, as a leading source for industrial resourcing, is an asset to the manufacturing industry. Cathy explains that apart from helping manufacturers get suppliers in a fast and reliable way, Thomas also collects audience intelligence and disseminates helpful information, resources, and data to free members. You’ll hear about the research that Thomas is currently conducting, and some of the trends that they have identified. You’ll also learn how Thomas is supporting American manufacturers, how their technology can help you overcome labor shortages, and how it can help you find alternate suppliers in the face of supply chain challenges. To find out how Thomas is democratizing manufacturing capacity for all, what’s next for the company, and how to become part of the Thomas community to benefit from its initiatives, tune in today!


Rosemary Coates

Ms. Coates is the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute and the President of Blue Silk Consulting, a Global Supply Chain consulting firm. She is a best-selling author of: 42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China and 42 Rules for Superior Field Service and The Reshoring Guidebook. 

Ms. Coates lives in Silicon Valley and has worked with over 80 clients worldwide. She is also an Expert Witness for legal cases involving global supply chain matters.  She is passionate about Reshoring.


Cathy Ma

Cathy Ma is the Vice President of Platform Growth and Engagement for Thomas, North America’s leading industrial sourcing and marketing platform, a Xometry (NASDAQ: XMTR) company. We empower businesses, ranging from promising startups to veteran Fortune 1000s, with our groundbreaking digital marketplace that offers manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing servicesCNC machininglaser cutting.

A former Wikipedia sociologist, Cathy is an international growth leader with 15+ years of experience developing audience strategies across global organizations, including Moody’s Analytics, Interbrand, and Yahoo. Her recent research examining the impact of COVID-19 on the manufacturing sector was cited in Design News, EE Times, and McKinsey’s industry analysis, among others.

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