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Global pandemic roils 2020 Reshoring Index, shifting focus from reshoring to right-shoring

Kearney’s annual Reshoring Index tracks whether manufacturing is coming back to America from Asia, where so many jobs have been offshored over the past several decades. Our latest findings show that the US has not reclaimed manufacturing jobs in any material way. 

The disruptions wrought by COVID-19 make the latest Kearney Reshoring Index uniquely challenging to interpret. Our annual reshoring metric plunged from an historic high in 2019 (due mainly to a sharp decline in imports from China, not a surge in domestic manufacturing) deep into negative territory for 2020. Yet the Index took many twists and turns throughout the year, sinking deepest during the 2nd quarter, when the pandemic shuttered much of US manufacturing capability; rebounding solidly back up into positive territory over the summer, when US production resumed; then ending the year in decidedly negative territory. 

US manufacturing imports from China took a similar roller-coaste


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02 Oct 2015
RESEARCH: Global transport infrastructure investment predicted to reach unprecedented levels
 

Transport infrastructure investment is projected to increase at an average annual rate of about 5% worldwide between 2014 and 2025, according to analysis released today by PwC. The analysis on transport infrastructure spending to 2025, for which Oxford Economics provided research support, estimates the scale of current transport infrastructure investment and assesses the prospects for future investment from now to 2025.

 
Hilary Downes
PwC
 
24 Sep 2015
CASE STUDY: AkzoNobel: Multiple sites operating in unison
 

'Full transparency has been achieved through the combination of centralized planning and de-centralized scheduling in seven plants. We have seen results in capacity balancing as well as improvements in scheduling. This has further resulted in improved customer service and optimized productivity.'
– Pierre Versailles, Operations Excellence Manager, AkzoNobel Powder Coatings

 
Lorenzo Corea
Quintiq
 
10 Sep 2015
CASE STUDY: Ruukki increases productivity using Quintiq Metal Scheduler
 

'Planning support has been improved dramatically and we are now in a position to be able to measure the production impacts.' – Pasi Rajala, Development Engineer, Ruukki

 
Lorenzo Corea
Quintiq
 
14 Apr 2015
CASE STUDY: ABS improves on-time delivery with Quintiq
 

'We were quite impressed by the proof of concept and the demonstration of how Quintiq’s software could fit ABS’ planning processes and stringent requirements.' – Luca Visentini, ABS project manager

 
Lorenzo Corea
Quintiq
 
25 Mar 2015
CASE STUDY: Meneba develops products at lowest cost possible using Quintiq software
 

'At a certain point there were too many variables involved. We had to look for a more powerful system with which we could consistently produce the best blends against the lowest possible cost price.' - Douwe Van Dijk, Manager Quality and Food Safety at Meneba

 
Lorenzo Corea
Quintiq
 


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