Supply Chain Matters highlights the postscript of the October 2017 manufacturing quality falsification scandal involving Japan based Kobe Steel. This week came the resignation of this manufacturer’s CEO, along with resignation of five other executives including the head of the firm’s aluminum and copper division.
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President Donald Trump today announced his intention to impose steep global tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum imports, contrary to counsel from some trade advisors. Such an action could likely have an added cost impact for many U.S. manufacturers and their associated inbound component costs that have relied on imports of steel and aluminum.
This Supply Chain Matters commentary reflects of announcements made by the Trump Administration to slap steep tariffs on the importing of solar panels and washing machines into the United States. The takeaway from this week’s trade actions by the United States is the potential trip wire of cascading retaliatory actions that can impact existing industry supply chain sourcing and manufacturing strategies.
The United States Congress is in the final stages of reconciling significant corporate tax reform. In this Supply Chain Matters blog we raise awareness to certain actions that may have implications for supply chain demand planning and inventory management for certain industries.
Trade representatives of Canada, Mexico and the United States completed another five days of NAFTA re-negotiation talks this week which were hosted by Mexico. After this fifth round, the overall mood of these talks remains far less optimistic for a successful overall outcome.
General Electric is embarking on a broad corporate restructuring. Supply Chain matters focuses on technology and supply chain challenges for GE Digital and GE Aviation business units as well as the Predix IoT and Industrial Internet enablement platform.