Category: Manufacturing Strategies

Tesla Motors Q2-2019 Operational Performance Improves

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides commentary related to improved production and customer delivery performance for Tesla Motors in the just completed Q2-2019 quarter. While the operational performance has set a new record, it is too early to declare any form of goal achievement.

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Q2-2019 Indices Reinforce Slowdown in Global Supply Chain Demand and Supply Network Activity Levels

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights reported PMI global production and supply chain activity levels for June and Q2-2019. The data provides reinforced evidence that global trade declines, particularly involving China and the Eurozone sector, are a continual drag on global industry supply chain activity levels.

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Other Trade Developments Stemming from Last Week’s G-20 Trade Meeting

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights other noteworthy developments coming out of last week’s G-20 Summit meeting that will likely have some implications to global trade.

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Temporary Cease Fire in the Ongoing Trade War Among the U.S. and China Brings Added Challenges

At the G-20 Economic Summit held late last week, the anticipated summit meeting among U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping resulted in essentially a temporary cease fire in additional tariff actions.

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Bombardier Bows Out of Commercial Aircraft Market Segment

Supply Chain Matters calls reader attention to a noteworthy announcement for the commercial aircraft industry and its supply networks, namely the exit of Canadian based Bombardier from the commercial aircraft design and manufacturing segment. We extend our Tip of the Hat recognition to all those that contributed to the C-Series program.

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Apple Indeed Assessing Some Movement of Production from China

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides highlights of more definitive reports indicating that Apple’s is indeed assessing a shift of some of its iPhone and other consumer electronics manufacturing out of China. The effort appears in an assessment phase for upwards of 30 percent of current production, and if consummated could result in a permanent shifting of some manufacturing sourcing.

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Paris Air Show Front and Center for the Aerospace Industry with Boeing Facing More Scrutiny and Brand Damage

With the Paris Air Show occurring this week, the commercial aerospace industry and its two dominants, Airbus and Boeing, the bi-annual event provides opportunity to tout the latest achievements in new aircraft and business services capabilities. Instead for Boeing, this will be an event where damage control remains prominent and where design and supply network challenges are becoming far too visible.

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A Significant Week in Global Supply and Demand Network Related Developments

The Supply Chain Matters blog reports highlights of significant global supply network developments that occurred this week that should capture the attention of multi-industry supply chain leaders and their respective organizations.

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Foxconn Discloses Contingency Production Sourcing Readiness for High Tech Products

According to a published report, Foxconn Technology Group, Apple’s prime contract manufacturer is ready to shift production out of China if becomes necessary. The revelation came in the contract manufacturer’s first-ever investor meeting and conference call.

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United States and Mexico Come to Terms in a Deal to Avoid Tariffs

The United States and Mexico announced that they had reached an immigration policy deal that would in-essence, ward off the imposition of a series of escalated U.S. import tariffs. While multi-industry supply chains can breathe a sigh of relief, the U.S. tariff action inserts yet more uncertainty to geopolitical tensions and a smooth ratification of the recently negotiated United States, Mexico and Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA).

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