Manufacturing in 2019: Key Industry Insights

2019 is well underway, and there are a number of industry-related issues, technological trends, and economic factors that will impact manufacturing labor models and shape workforce strategies in the coming year and beyond. Workforce Insight’s manufacturing experts have selected four resources that provide key insights, including an in-depth look at topics driving the future of manufacturing workforce management and manufacturers’ perspectives on the direction of the industry.

1. NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey

This survey, conducted by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) on a quarterly basis since 1997, captures the responses of 539 diverse manufacturers from across the country on a variety of industry-related issues and presents overall predictions on industry activity growth. (Source: NAM)

2. Upskilling Your People for the Age of the Machine

This piece surveyed 800 executives and 1,200 employees for perspectives on the move toward automation. One key takeaway: organizations using several automated processes that strategically managed the change with full-scale upskilling programs report higher levels of productivity. (Source: Capgemini Research Institute)

3. Auto Execs Say USMCA Beneficial But Production Costs Will Increase

This survey of 100 U.S.-based automotive executives provides viewpoints on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), highlighting areas such as effects on the workforce, payroll and production costs, and consumer pricing. (Source: IndustryWeek)

4. Industry 4.0 Holds The Key To Closing The Manufacturing Industry’s Skills Gap

This article discusses manufacturing’s move toward “Industry 4.0” (the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies) and practical steps manufacturers should take now to get ahead of an anticipated manufacturing workforce shortfall. (Source: Forbes Manufacturing)


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