Over the past year, manufacturers across the country have grappled with a number of industry challenges.
Workers remain in short supply, the threat and impact of extreme heat and flooding from climate change continues to rise and China’s role as the world’s contract manufacturer is rapidly shifting.
Looming obstacles like these weighed heavy on many manufacturing executives’ minds, prompting many to search for solutions. In a throughline across our coverage, we saw companies tackling challenges in unique and innovative ways.
Companies are looking to give employees more flexible schedules and training in a bid to attract younger workers. Awareness is growing around climate change’s impact on the global manufacturing industry and how to sustainably combat the effects. And the U.S. and others are investing more in manufacturing facilities as the world shifts away from China.
In the final days of 2022, we’ve rounded up some of our stories that highlight this trend to hunt for innovative answers to some of the biggest problems facing the manufacturing industry.