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Top 5 Manufacturing Trends of 2018 - Emerging Technologies

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 18, 2018 11:31:25 AM

For manufacturers throughout California and across the country, the new year brings new challenges—and a wealth of new opportunities. But to take advantage of these opportunities, manufacturers of all sizes need to be aware of emerging trends—and willing to adapt to them.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology

Our Top Manufacturing Stories of 2017

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 17, 2018 10:30:00 AM

2017 had its share of ups and downs, challenges and opportunities. But for many manufacturers, it was another banner year. In California, the manufacturing sector continues to drive the economy. Manufacturing now accounts for nearly 11.5 percent of The Golden State’s total output, while employing 7.8 percent of its workforce according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

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Topics: Consulting, Manufacturing Tips, Manufacturing Solutiions

The Keys to Exporting Successfully as a Manufacturer in CA

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 12, 2018 10:30:00 AM

The United States is the second largest exporter in the world, with exports reaching $1.42 trillion in 2016 and California contributing $163.6 billion in that same year. With California’s strategic Pacific Coast location, dynamic economy, and a throng of creative and diversified talents, exporting manufacturers could see a momentum for renewed economic growth.

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3 Steps to Lower Supply Chain Costs for Aerospace and Defense Manufacturers

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 22, 2017 11:40:50 AM

The global aerospace and defense (A&D) industry grew by 2.4% and generated about $674 billion in 2016, according to a Deloitte 2017 study. California alone was responsible for generating $62 billion a year in revenue in 2014, according to a 2014 California Aerospace Industry Economic Impact Study. The supply chain is a critical component of aerospace and defense manufacturing. In the face of challenging competition, industry manufacturers are aggressively looking for ways to improve processes, lower costs, and achieve long-term operational performance through supply chain optimization.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Aerospace and Defense

An Integrated Approach for Growers, Food Manufacturers in Northern California

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 12, 2017 10:05:00 AM

California is a leader in U.S. domestic agriculture. According to the 2015-2016 California Agricultural Statistics Review, the state bested Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, and Minnesota in crop cash receipts.

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Topics: Food Manufacturing, Food and Beverage Supply Chain

How Factory Automation Can Help Beverage Manufacturing Enjoy Sweet Success

Posted by Steven Brand on Dec 5, 2017 1:37:28 PM

Today’s beverage manufacturers face many challenges: striving to meet the rapidly-changing demands of consumers and retailers, government regulations, efficiency, and expansion. Many beverage manufacturing companies also struggle with issues like supplier-to-customer supply chain traceability, inventory accuracy, and compliance. These issues can make it challenging for a beverage manufacturing company to focus on your core competency: to produce quality beverage products.

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Topics: beverage manufacturing

Challenges and Trends Facing Furniture Manufacturers in 2018

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 29, 2017 12:15:16 PM

With the growth of millennial consumers buying furniture, U.S. furniture manufacturers are moderately optimistic about the steady increase of new furniture sales in the coming years. The National Association of Realtors forecasts existing-home sales growth of 4% for the residential property market in 2018, which could, in turn, have a positive impact on the moderate furniture industry performance.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Furniture and Related Products, Furniture

Minimum Wage Laws for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers [Effective January]

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 10, 2017 10:30:00 AM

California is home to nearly 7 million hourly workers, nearly one-third of which earn minimum wage. With the resulting implementation of Senate Bill No. 3 (SB3), which was signed into effect by Governor Jerry Brown on  April 4, 2016, California will become the first state in the nation to require manufacturers and other employers to increase the minimum hourly wage for employees to $15 by 2022.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Minimum Wage Laws

Promoting Training to Revitalize California Manufacturing Jobs

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 2, 2017 10:07:20 AM

The California manufacturing sector is showing signs for a huge revival—a fourth industrial revolution, if you will. Rapid technological changes are creating a fresh dynamic that calls for new skillsets and mindsets. The training of new employees and retraining of current ones are inevitable challenges for manufacturers that wish to capitalize on the growth opportunities and advanced technologies that advanced manufacturing has to offer.

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Topics: Manufacturers in Training, Manufacturing Extension Partnership

4 Smart Energy Ideas for Manufacturers in California

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 26, 2017 11:58:04 AM

Although manufacturing has long been considered an energy-intensive industry, this trend has begun to change. Between 2010-2014, U.S. manufacturing energy consumption is estimated to have increased by 4.7%, according to the Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS) released in October 2017.

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Topics: Energy Management, Smart Manufacturing, Manufacturing Tips