By Bryan Hen, Regional President, North America, Common Robots
For North American companies of every kind, particularly these within the manufacturing sector, 2022 was something however typical. Or boring. Or straightforward. ‘Labor shortages’ and ‘Provide chain points’ turned go-to phrases that encapsulated probably the most vital challenges for business. Challenges which are persevering with properly into 2023.
In a current survey from Nationwide Affiliation of Producers, 75% of manufacturing corporations listed that their largest problem is ‘attracting and retaining a top quality workforce’. And when the newest statistics, you perceive why; The Bureau of Labor & Statistics estimates that there are round 644,000 open jobs within the manufacturing sector –nearly 50% greater than the pre-pandemic numbers. The nationwide jobless charge has not been this low since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon in 1969.
Provide chain challenges is one other battle for producers within the US and Canada. And though provide facet points have dominated the headlines, large pressures have constructed up on the demand facet too, which means producers are struggling to adapt their assets to quickly altering product mixes and rising demand. On prime of this comes inflation mixed with rising rates of interest, making borrowing dearer.
Isn’t there any excellent news, you would possibly ask? COVID is now a manageable scale pandemic, provide chain points are enhancing month-to-month, and inflation has dropped by greater than 50% from its peak.
On prime of this, reshoring initiatives are gaining floor round North America as companies and coverage makers at each state and federal ranges acknowledge the significance of getting a powerful home manufacturing sector.
In reality, some 62% of producers have already began reshoring or near-shoring their manufacturing capacities, in accordance with a report by Deloitte, primarily based on a survey of 305 executives at transport and manufacturing companies, principally within the U.S., with annual income of $500 million to greater than $50 billion.