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.


  • A person walks past an area of a damaged building is cordoned off following the earthquake on April 04, 2024 in Hualien, Taiwan.
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    Taiwan earthquake’s impact on chip industry likely to be ‘moderate,’ experts say

    The island is home to nearly all of the world’s most advanced chip production, making even small delays precarious for semiconductor supply chains.

    By April 5, 2024
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    Manufacturing is ‘highly likely in our next growth cycle’: March PMI

    The industry was buoyed by a rise in demand and production rates last month, encouraging manufacturers to invest more in capacity.

    By April 1, 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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    How the Baltimore bridge disaster is impacting supply chains

    The channel is set to fully reopen by the end of May, but shippers are rerouting shipments in the interim.

    By Updated April 10, 2024
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    Automakers reroute shipments after Baltimore bridge collapse

    Other manufacturers in the area, including Stanley Black & Decker and McCormick & Co., are still operating after the accident.

    By March 27, 2024
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    Lifetime Brands pursues less China reliance with Mexico factory

    The company's plastics manufacturing facility is on track to reach full capacity this year as it pushes to expand its sourcing capabilities.

    By March 26, 2024
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    Intel’s $8B in CHIPS funding should provide suppliers confidence

    The chipmaker's hundreds of U.S. suppliers should prepare for "when the taps turn on," according to one expert.

    By March 25, 2024
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    Boeing to spend $4B plus to fix safety, supply chain woes: CFO

    The aerospace company is pushing to lower instances of components being completed outside a production line's typical flow.

    By Suman Bhattacharyya • March 20, 2024
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    GE Aerospace to invest $650M in global facilities, US suppliers

    The Boeing engine supplier’s spending will include new machines, equipment, building upgrades and improved safety measures.

    By Sara Samora • March 20, 2024
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    Biden administration boosts EV supply chain with $2B lithium loan

    The money will go toward constructing processing facilities at Lithium Americas' upcoming project, expected to produce 40,000 tons of the material a year beginning in 2027.

    By March 14, 2024
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    How the SEC climate rule will impact manufacturers’ supply chains

    Even with scope 3 emissions left out of the new rule, contract manufacturers should be prepared to report emissions data as more states adopt disclosure requirements, experts say. 

    By March 12, 2024
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    Bombardier increases supplier support system to 50 members

    The manufacturer aims to build inventory in the first half of the year to meet its projected delivery goal of up to 155 aircraft in 2024.

    By March 11, 2024
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    3 things to expect from the pharmaceutical supply chain in 2024

    Healthcare experts pointed to shortages, domestic production and the Drug Supply Chain Security Act as trends to watch this year.

    By March 11, 2024
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    Supply chain, manufacturing and procurement ‘a very big focus’ for cost-cutting CFOs

    Executives' 2024 priorities make sense given geopolitical tensions and the rising costs of raw materials and other inputs, said Boston Consulting Group's Paul Goydan.

    By Vincent Ryan • March 8, 2024
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    Oatly slashed SKUs and canceled factory plans to rightsize its supply chain. Now it’s paying off.

    The oat milk maker is gaining more market share and saw profit margins improve after scaling down its operations.

    By March 5, 2024
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    Birkenstock’s expanding production capacity lifts sales as it eyes more growth ahead

    The footwear brand plans to double capacity in the next three years, spending tens of millions of dollars along the way. 

    By March 5, 2024
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    Supply chain mistake part of Lordstown Motors SEC case

    Lordstown misrepresented its timeline for delivering the Endurance electric pickup truck by failing to account for production delays due to parts problems, the SEC said.

    By Vincent Ryan • March 5, 2024
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    FAA gives Boeing 90 days to address safety, quality control issues

    An expert panel, which included representatives from NASA and labor unions, found the aircraft maker’s implementation of its safety culture confusing and inadequate.

    By Sara Samora • Updated March 1, 2024
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    Manufacturing pulling out of the ‘malaise’ despite some performance dips: PMI

    While some metrics like employment and production were down based on the ISM's monthly report, economists remain optimistic about the year ahead.

    By March 1, 2024
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    Biden administration scrutinizes China’s links to connected vehicle supply chains

    The Commerce Department is exploring whether to regulate transactions with China-linked firms supplying automakers with goods, technology or services for their connected cars.

    By Feb. 29, 2024
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    Nestlé hit by supply constraints in health business

    IT hiccups at packaging sites created a supply chain backup in the food and beverage giant’s vitamin, mineral and supplement unit.

    By Feb. 27, 2024
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    Aerospace players form coalition to strengthen supply chain integrity

    Members, such as Boeing and Airbus, formed the group after a supplier was caught selling unapproved parts.

    By Feb. 26, 2024
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    Panasonic Energy fortifies battery supply chain with new graphite deal

    Nouveau Monde Graphite will supply the battery maker with 18,000 tons a year of the material from its mine in Quebec.

    By Feb. 23, 2024
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    TBC’s first chief supply chain officer will help company leverage tech, data

    The automotive tire distributor appointed Chris Stearman to manage its end-to-end operations, including manufacturing, distribution and procurement.

    By Feb. 22, 2024
  • Boeing CFO expects 2H24 production resurgence, cites ‘uncertain moment’

    The aerospace company has temporarily slowed its output of 737 planes following last month's midair door plug blowout, which sparked an FAA audit.

    By Suman Bhattacharyya • Feb. 21, 2024
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    Biden administration issues executive order on port cybersecurity

    The order attempts to shift more ship-to-shore crane manufacturing to the U.S. amid concerns about cyber risk at port facilities.

    By David Jones • Feb. 21, 2024