With significant gains in U.S. productivity in recent years, U.S. manufacturers are seeing an overall cost advantage when using U.S. suppliers, as evidenced by the reshoring trend.
U.S. becoming one of lowest-cost producers of developed world
The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) reports, “The U.S. is becoming one of the lowest-cost producers of the developed world… BCG projects that by around 2015, the U.S. will have an export cost advantage of 5 to 25 percent over Germany, Italy, France, the U.K., and Japan in a range of industries.” BCG estimates that “average manufacturing costs in 2015 will be 8 percent lower in the U.S. than in the U.K., 15 percent lower than in both Germany and France, 21 percent lower than in Japan, and 23 percent lower than in Italy. Average manufacturing costs in China will still be 7 percent lower than those of the U.S. in 2015. But those costs do not include transportation, duties, and other expenses. And it is less than half of the advantage that China enjoyed a decade ago.”
Experts suggest that we are in the middle of a transformation from a global manufacturing strategy, where we focus on low-cost countries, to a more regional strategy, where product is manufactured closer to the point of consumption. This trend is encouraging many manufactures to re-evaluate production locations.
Will a U.S. metal stamping company provide an overall advantage?
BCG advises, “When the many risks and hidden costs of managing extended global supply chains are taken into account, it will be just as economical to manufacture many products in the U.S. if those goods are sold in the U.S.”
For goods consumed outside the U.S., many U.S. metal stampers have added locations in Latin America, Asia, and Europe to serve OEMs’ global supply chain needs. However, even if operating solely from a U.S. base, a quality metal stamping firm should meet international regulation and packaging and shipping requirements, as well as competing on price.
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