Procurement


  • Lithium-rich brine dries in an evaporation pond next to mounds of salt bi-product at a lithium mine in the Atacama Desert on August 24, 2022 in Salar de Atacama, Chile.
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    Battery, critical mineral producers face inventory glut amid slowing EV demand

    The oversupply, however, is likely to be short-lived, with experts urging diversified sourcing and increased investments to avoid future shortfalls.

    By May 22, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    Embracing continuous manufacturing in the pharmaceutical industry

    Drugmakers have been slow to adopt the production process, which experts say can streamline operations, boost data quality and reduce time to market.

    By May 17, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Manufacturing Dive

    Check out five of our biggest stories of 2024 so far, led by new investment in U.S. manufacturing against a fast-changing landscape.

    By Manufacturing Dive staff
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    Industry leaders react to tariff hikes on China-made goods

    The National Association of Manufacturers and other groups expressed disappointment on Biden’s decision to expand Section 301 tariffs.

    By Philip Neuffer • May 16, 2024
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    Avery Dennison leveraged supply chain resilience to navigate Finland port strikes

    The adhesive materials maker leveraged supplier diversification and enhanced inventory strategy to avoid disruptions.

    By S.L. Fuller • May 8, 2024
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    Biden’s proposed tariffs on China steel, aluminum fall short, industry group says

    The Can Manufacturers Institute is pushing the president to do more than triple the average 7.5% tariff rate under section 301.

    By Maria Rachal • April 23, 2024
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    Taiwan earthquake’s impact on chip industry likely to be ‘moderate,’ experts say

    The island is home to nearly all of the world’s most advanced chip production, making even small delays potentially troubling for semiconductor supply chains.

    By April 5, 2024
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    Manufacturing is ‘highly likely in our next growth cycle’: March PMI

    The industry was buoyed by a rise in demand and production rates last month, encouraging manufacturers to invest more in capacity.

    By April 1, 2024
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    How automakers can navigate Port of Baltimore disruptions

    Companies can look to other East Coast ports for alternative import options, but be prepared for slower deliveries, experts say.

    By Kelly Stroh • March 29, 2024
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    Prices of eggs, cocoa challenge production costs

    Wells Fargo said the commodities’ rates will remain elevated as food businesses deal with another year of bird flu and a harsh climate in cocoa-growing regions.

    By Chris Casey • March 15, 2024
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    Bombardier ups supplier support to relieve manufacturing pressures

    The company aims to build inventory in the first half of the year to meet its projected delivery goal of up to 155 aircraft in 2024.

    By Kelly Stroh • March 14, 2024
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    Biden administration boosts EV supply chain with $2B lithium loan

    The money will go towards constructing processing facilities at Lithium Americas' upcoming project, expected to produce 40,000 tons of the material a year beginning in 2027. 

    By March 14, 2024
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    FDA recalls 6 more cinnamon products due to elevated lead levels

    The agency is urging U.S. cinnamon makers and distributors to conduct more product control testing in the wake of recent lead contamination outbreaks.

    By March 14, 2024
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    How the SEC climate rule will impact manufacturers’ supply chains

    Even with scope 3 emissions left out of the new rule, contract manufacturers should be prepared to report emissions data as more states adopt disclosure requirements, experts say. 

    By March 12, 2024
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    Manufacturing pulling out of the ‘malaise’ despite some performance dips: PMI

    While some metrics like employment and production were down based on the ISM's monthly report, economists remain optimistic about the year ahead.

    By March 1, 2024
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    How the FDA traced the WanaBana lead outbreak to a single food processor

    The investigation into the applesauce pouch maker highlights efforts to tighten lead regulation in food production.

    By Feb. 26, 2024
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    Panasonic Energy inks graphite supply deal for U.S. battery factories

    Nouveau Monde Graphite will supply the battery maker with 18,000 tons a year of the material from its mine in Quebec.

    By Feb. 23, 2024
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    Cleveland-Cliffs to idle West Virginia tinplate factory

    The steelmaker will lay off roughly 900 workers after the International Trade Commission opted not to implement anti-dumping tariffs against steel imports.

    By Feb. 21, 2024
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    Panasonic, Novonix sign synthetic graphite supply deal

    The deal will help the battery maker as it launches its Kansas factory, which is expected to supply automakers like Tesla and Mazda.

    By Feb. 13, 2024
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    Struggling cocoa crop may hurt chocolate manufacturers

    Supply remains scarce due to heavy rains and the spread of black pod disease in West Africa, according to a recent CoBank report.

    By Feb. 8, 2024
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    GM, LG Chem ink $19B cathode material supply deal

    The South Korea-based chemical maker will supply the automaker with enough CAM to power five million EVs.

    By Ben Unglesbee • Feb. 7, 2024
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    Novo Holdings to buy contract drugmaker Catalent for $16.5B

    In a related deal, Novo Nordisk will buy three Catalent factories as it works to expand production of its obesity and diabetes medicines.

    By Jonathan Gardner • Feb. 5, 2024
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    Stardust Power to build lithium refinery in Oklahoma

    The company plans to turn the facility into a hub for its domestic supply chain.

    By Jan. 22, 2024
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    Battery recycling could cut dependence on China for rare earths

    Circularity strategies like battery reuse could help the U.S. meet up to 40% of rare earth needs, says a new study in Nature Geoscience.

    By Ben Unglesbee • Jan. 17, 2024
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    4 food manufacturing trends for 2024

    Producers should prepare for continued supply disruptions and a tight labor market this year, experts say.

    By Erin X. Wong • Jan. 9, 2024
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    Manufacturing ended the year in a lull, but optimism up for 2024: PMI

    The industry could enter growth mode as early as March, economists say. 

    By Jan. 3, 2024