Tag: pandemic

Process, Production

How Were Manufacturing Best Practices Disrupted by the Pandemic?

June 13, 2022

Via: Manufacturing Tomorrow

Events as universally disruptive as the COVID-19 pandemic are rare. While the world seems to be recovering from the virus itself, the manufacturing industry won’t go back to how it was before, nor should it. The pandemic and ensuing disruption […]

Industry Focus Areas, Medical

Johnson & Johnson Suspends Covid Vaccine Sales Guidance

April 19, 2022

Via: The Wall Street Journal

Johnson & Johnson JNJ +3.04% suspended full-year guidance for sales of its Covid-19 vaccine, citing a global surplus of doses and uncertainty over how the course of the pandemic will affect demand. The healthcare-products company said Tuesday that Covid-19 shots […]

Industry Focus Areas, Medical

Pandemic Pressures & Their Ripple Effects on Medical Device Materials

March 30, 2022

Via: Design News

Navigating FDA’s strict and ever-changing regulatory requirements is far from a new balancing act that medical device manufacturers face daily. But the many pressures born from the pandemic, such as supply chain disruption coupled with the stringent regulatory environment, have […]

Logistics, Process

Where Are All the Truck Drivers? Shortage Adds to Delivery Delays

November 3, 2021

Via: The Wall Street Journal

Truck driver Chris Wagner pulled his big rig into a grain processing plant in Sidney, Ohio, on a recent afternoon to pick up a load bound for the Chicago suburbs. He’d lost his scheduled place in line because of delays […]


3 Million Robots Installed Globally As Sales Rise Again

October 29, 2021

Via: Metrology and Quality News

The World Robotics 2021 Industrial Robots Report shows a record of 3 million industrial robots operating in factories around the world – an increase of 10%. Sales of new robots grew slightly at 0.5% despite the global pandemic, with 384,000 […]


US manufacturing technology orders totaled $472.6 million in July 2021

September 15, 2021

Via: Today's Medical Developments

According to the latest U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) report published by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, July 2021 new manufacturing technology orders totaled $472.6 million, a slight decrease of 5.6% from June but a 41.5% increase compared […]

Process, R & D

Industry Voices: The State of Automation? A Rough Year has Opened the Floodgates

August 3, 2021

Via: Design News

Automation has changed considerably in recent years, from sensors and networking that enhance existing equipment to robotics and motion control products that deliver a predictable return on investment. The pandemic gave automation a significant boost. Companies sought automation technology to […]

Industry Focus Areas, Medical, Regulations

FDA shares plan for restarting facility inspections, warns backlog will persist into 2022

May 7, 2021

Via: MedTech Dive

FDA postponed all routine inspections in March 2020. The agency continued doing mission critical inspections, carrying out eight device-related assessments and more than 800 in total from March 2020 to March 2021. In July, FDA resumed prioritized domestic inspections and […]

Process, Production

Healthy growth for electronics production

March 19, 2021

Via: Electronics Weekly

Most major Asian electronic producers reported double-digit increases in early 2021. The chart below shows three-month-average change versus a year ago for electronics production. The data is from each country’s official statistics and is in local currency. China, by far […]

Process, Production

U.S. Manufacturing Growth Continued Early in 2021

February 1, 2021

Via: The Wall Street Journal

U.S. manufacturing continued to recover in January, a bright spot for the U.S. economy as services companies continue to struggle with the coronavirus pandemic. Two purchasing managers surveys on manufacturing activity released Monday pointed to continued growth, adding to evidence […]

Logistics, Process

Reimagined Supply Chains Emerge from Global Crisis

January 22, 2021

Via: Industry Today

New research from Orange Business Services found that the supply chains in 40% of multinational corporations were unable to cope with the crisis created by the pandemic. The survey of 320 enterprises, focusing on the manufacturing, transport and logistics sectors, […]

Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle

Ford’s November sales down 21% due to F-150 pickup supply and production

December 2, 2020


Tight inventory levels of Ford Motor’s F-150 pickup due to pandemic-related plant shutdowns earlier this year and production starting for a redesigned model led to a 20.9% decrease in the automaker’s sales in November, the company said Wednesday. The Detroit […]

Energy, Industry Focus Areas

Pandemic Pain Persists for Big Oil Companies

October 1, 2020

Via: The Wall Street Journal

The global oil-and-gas industry remains under extreme financial pressure as demand for fossil fuels rebounds slowly after being crushed by the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the largest western oil companies including Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC signaled […]

Energy, Industry Focus Areas

Shell Swings to Historic Loss as Pandemic Devastates Oil Demand

July 30, 2020

Via: The Wall Street Journal

Royal Dutch Shell PLC swung to its first quarterly loss since its formation over a decade ago and warned that the outlook for oil-and-gas demand continued to be uncertain, illustrating the scale of damage Covid-19 is wreaking on the industry. […]

Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle

Pandemic pushes travelers to take to the road in RVs

July 27, 2020


During the economic recovery that followed the financial crisis of 2008, sales of recreational vehicles like motor homes boomed for several years. The coronavirus pandemic appears to be sparking another boom in the industry as travelers concerned about the risks […]

Logistics, Process

COVID-19: Supply chains key for automotive manufacturers

May 8, 2020

Via: Manufacturing Global

Vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1 and 2 component manufacturers should avoid severing relationships with businesses further down their supply chains and look for ways to support them on the way to recovery. Doing so could give them a competitive advantage […]

Industry Focus Areas, Medical

Find a Vaccine. Next: Produce 300 Million Vials of It

May 1, 2020

Via: The New York Times

In the midst of national shortages of testing swabs and protective gear, some medical suppliers and health policy experts are looking ahead to another extraordinary demand on manufacturing: Delivering a vaccine that could potentially end the pandemic. Making a vaccine […]

Process, Production

The Pandemic Proves the Need for Industrial Policy

April 14, 2020

Via: The New York Times

Hundreds of companies across the United States are reinventing themselves to make equipment that is desperately needed to treat the coronavirus. That so many American manufacturers are rising to meet this pandemic with little coordination from the federal government reveals […]

Industry Focus Areas, Motorized Vehicle

Tesla memo: Essential employees, including production, should still come to work

March 18, 2020


Tesla’s North America HR leader Valerie Workman sent an email to employees on Wednesday morning encouraging them to come work, promising they would not be “docked” points in performance reviews if they chose to stay home, and explaining why the […]