Manufacturing

Manufacturing sector news can be a leading indicator for supply chain managers looking for information about supplier capacity, production challenges, inventory tactics, and other operations trends. Are you a manufacturing executive looking for further coverage of the sector? See our sister publication manufacturingdive.com.


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    Rockwell Automation taps Nvidia to bring AI to its bots

    The automation company will use the chipmaker’s software in its Otto autonomous mobile robots meant for manufacturing facilities.

    By June 12, 2024
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    CPKC’s next distribution center to aid automotive growth

    The railroad expects the 30-acre facility will help it move finished vehicles more efficiently.

    By June 12, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Supply Chain Dive

    Here’s how companies are navigating rising costs, prolonged supply shortages and dangerous geopolitical tensions across global supply chain networks.

    By Supply Chain Dive staff
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    Chip suppliers feel the crunch as automakers reassess EV plans

    Slowing electric vehicle sales in recent months have dampened semiconductor orders and left inventory backlogs growing.

    By June 10, 2024
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    Solar industry at odds as ITC nears ruling on First Solar tariff petition

    The petitioners say current Chinese export practices pose a threat to U.S. businesses, while others say the trade case itself is a threat.

    By Diana DiGangi • June 4, 2024
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    High interest rates are stalling manufacturing growth: May PMI

    With the Federal Reserve unlikely to cut rates this summer, manufacturers aren't keen to invest in new orders or capacity.

    By June 3, 2024
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    Former Tesla supply chain leader joins battery startup

    TeraWatt Technology announced Annie Liu as an external director earlier this month.

    By S.L. Fuller • May 30, 2024
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    BMW imported cars to the US using parts from banned supplier: Senate report

    The automaker shipped at least 8,000 Mini Coopers that used components from a company based in China's Xinjiang region.

    By May 23, 2024
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    Toyota debuts renewable energy system at Port of Long Beach

    The resources generated by the new system will support Toyota Logistics Services’ vehicle-processing and distribution center at the port.

    By S.L. Fuller • May 23, 2024
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    J&J Snack Foods opens third distribution center in supply chain overhaul

    The food manufacturer is shipping 81% of its sales orders from its new network, compared to just 26% a year ago, according to its CEO.

    By May 22, 2024
  • Lithium-rich brine dries in an evaporation pond next to mounds of salt bi-product at a lithium mine in the Atacama Desert on August 24, 2022 in Salar de Atacama, Chile.
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    A critical mineral inventory glut masks long-term supply constraints

    An International Energy Agency report urges producers to diversify supply chains and up investments to avoid future lithium shortfalls.

    By May 21, 2024
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    Barfresh appoints first-ever VP of supply chain and co-manufacturing

    The role will support the CPG’s goals of launching new products and partnerships within its asset-light strategy.

    By S.L. Fuller • May 17, 2024
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    Shein factory employees work 75-hour weeks for low wages: report

    The fast fashion giant responded to the allegations by saying the report doesn't convey "the reality" of the organization.

    By Laurel Deppen • May 17, 2024
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    Industry leaders react to tariff hikes on China-made goods

    Industry member associations expressed disappointment on Biden’s decision to expand Section 301 tariffs.

    By May 16, 2024
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    How supply chains used FLOW after the Baltimore bridge collapse

    C.H. Robinson, ITS Logistics, Home Depot and IMC Companies shared insights on the federal data-sharing platform designed to improve visibility of disruptions.

    By , , May 15, 2024
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    Biden hikes tariffs on China-made EVs, batteries, semiconductors

    The tariffs align with U.S. efforts to get ahead of China in clean energy and advanced technology manufacturing, while also increasing supply chain control.

    By May 14, 2024
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    Mars commits $47M to slash dairy emissions

    The CPG giant plans to open three "net zero" farms as it looks to halve its carbon footprint by 2030.

    By May 10, 2024
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    Automakers get more flexibility as US finalizes EV tax credit rules

    Electric vehicle makers have raced to shift their supply chains to qualify for the credit. The latest changes give them more time.

    By Eric Walz • May 9, 2024
  • Clorox disinfecting wipes are seen displayed for sale at a Walmart Supercenter on September 18, 2023 in Austin, Texas.
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    Clorox claws its way back to normal inventory, service levels after August cyberattack

    The cleaning product maker is working to fully restore its distribution channels in Q4 as it pushes to bring back customers.

    By May 9, 2024
  • Barbie dolls are seen at a Target store on October 25, 2021 in Houston, Texas.
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    Mattel to shutter supplier plant in China this year

    Barbie’s parent company is looking to diversify its production footprint in a bid to optimize costs and fulfillment operations.

    By May 8, 2024
  • Williams-Sonoma to pay $3.2M for violating FTC’s Made in USA order

    The retailer listed products as being made in the United States when they were manufactured abroad.

    By Nate Delesline III • May 7, 2024
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    Avery Dennison leveraged supply chain resilience to navigate Finland port strikes

    The adhesive materials maker leveraged supplier diversification and enhanced inventory strategy to avoid disruptions.

    By S.L. Fuller • May 7, 2024
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    Better Cotton audits farms it previously certified following deforestation investigation

    Watchdog Earthsight called the certifier’s audit “so flawed as to be almost worthless.”

    By Laurel Deppen • May 6, 2024
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    How Mexico’s presidential candidates expect to leverage nearshoring

    Modernizing border crossings, improving legal certainty and improving roads and rail networks were among the ideas candidates raised during a presidential debate.

    By May 2, 2024
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    Manufacturing demand dips in April as companies remain cautious: PMI

    While hiring is beginning to uptick, manufacturers remain uncertain about the fate of interest rates and its impact on business.

    By May 1, 2024
  • Toshihiro Mibe, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co. speak at an event at the automaker's manufacturing plant in Allison, Ontario.
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    Honda invests billions in Canada to set up EV supply chain

    The CAD $15 billion ($11 billion) investment into the automaker’s Ontario production hub includes two factories and materials processing projects with joint venture partners.

    By Eric Walz • April 25, 2024