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Germany Faces Economic Manufacturing Challenges

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Since the Industrial Revolution about 200 years ago, the Germans have been an international manufacturing powerhouse. They have it all covered from cars to pharmaceuticals; the manufacturing industry here has always been on top. Like most of the global economy, Germany suffered a drop after 2008 and has been steadily recovering since. Of course, their bounce back has been paved with many obstacles but none larger than the ones they have today.

In general, Germany’s economy has seen a slow and delicate shift. Its workers have increasingly transitioned from manufacturing jobs to the services industry. This shift is marked by the incoming new generations and their labor market decisions. Recent studies suggest that manufacturing has a slow and steady decline in Germany, but it is not as devastating as the American offshoring wave.

These shifts in the German economy may have led up to the 3% drop in PMI reported in January. This comes after a nearly 6 year rise in PMI indicators for Germany, and is somewhat alarming for the manufacturing industry. While most senior economists aren’t at all too concerned with the fall of the PMI, there might be some up and coming changes that could affect the manufacturing industry in general. Most of this change in PMI is attributed to the fact that unemployment in Germany also grew. But, it appears there might be bigger fish to fry for the German manufacturing industry.

The biggest challenge coming to the German manufacturing industry is led by political initiatives. Under the new administration, American economic protectionism is starting to look like the ruling ideology. The US administration does not show a promising picture of future economic trade with Germany. And this of course could damage the German manufacturing industry. BMW, who has their biggest manufacturing plant located in South Carolina, held meetings and tried to lobby the administration into seeing the benefits of open-trade with Germany. Americans have been buying German products for decades, and any loss of the 115 billion dollars a year profits that German companies make from Americans could be devastating to their manufacturing industry.

These challenges are compounded with the shifting of the European economic market, the failures of the European Union to uphold political stability, and the coming Brexit. German economic markets will have to adapt their policies, and hope that the promises of protectionism from the current administration don’t come to light.

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The Netherlands is Small but Significant in The European Manufacturing Market

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When you think of the Dutch, you don’t tend to think of a manufacturing economy. With such a small economy to maintain and an advanced economic system, the Dutch manufacturing industry sometimes gets overlooked. While most Dutch companies handle their manufacturing off shores, there has been a recent tendency to reshore locally to the Netherlands. Recent years have shown progress in the Netherlands for both private and public manufacturing sectors. In 2014, the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment made a 600 million Euro investment in Dutch manufacturing. These are some of the newest staples in the manufacturing industry of the Netherlands.

During the global economic crisis that rocked the world, the Netherlands suffered a massive blow, especially in manufacturing. Recently, that dynamic has changed and we see improvement in the region. First, medium-sized manufacturers are doing better than large companies. In 2014, Capitalmind’s Fabulous Forty Industrial Markets showed an increment in growth in Dutch industry for businesses making about 50 million Euros a year. Keeping a tight ship is easier under a middle-sized company, and the Dutch economy seems to benefit from these specific plants.

Reshoring in the Netherlands

Like in the United States, reshoring in the Netherlands is also gaining momentum little-by-little. A lot of companies that once sent production to China are reconsidering the benefits of reshoring to the Netherlands for multiple reasons. The first, and the most important, reason is that patenting and licensing in China is hardly respected. It’s difficult to maintain a quality product when cheaper unauthorized copies are made that could tarnish a company’s reputation. Reshoring also lowers production costs in general, as well as gives away direct, local supervision to the production process. Netherlands based companies are becoming more and more enlightened by these effects and bringing manufacturing back home.

Offshoring to the Netherlands

New companies are also coming to the Netherlands, producing there and investing in the Dutch economy. The most recent is the Paul Mueller Company, a steel manufacturer from Missouri. This announcement, made in March of this year, demonstrates an apparent rise in the manufacturing industry in the Netherlands.  PMC’s 21-million-euro investment will create one facility joining all its other facilities in Groenlo.

Why Holland?

It’s tax structure is highly supportive of economic growth. The Netherlands has an incredibly advanced workforce with engineering and design skills ready to be utilized by companies looking to improve their production. But mostly, the Netherlands has a streamlined logistics and distribution network in Europe, giving companies proximity to their customer base. These characteristics make Holland stand-out and contribute to the recent industrial growth in this small, but significant European market.

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Robotics in Manufacturing Will Create New Opportunities

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Almost everyone knows that the future lies in automation. Industrial robotics leads the way for most manufacturing economies around the world. And now, the use of robotics in manufacturing is showing promise and growth in the United States as well.

Advanced and specialized manufacturing has become a necessary part of our industry’s expansion. The days of reserving robotics exclusively for the automotive industry are gone. We need them in every form of manufacturing, from precision defense-based manufacturing to small and medium sized enterprises. Robotics are continuously changing and revolutionizing the industry by becoming smarter, more efficient, and more cost-effective. Nevertheless, fears about the consistency of work and the need for human labor continue to rise in response to the presence of advanced manufacturing.

What can automation do and why so much popularity recently?

Imagine robots being trained by people to do tasks, adapting at whatever difficulty, and even creating new practical approaches towards outdated methods. This requires a huge investment in research in everything from sensor technologies to artificial intelligence. The old robot was unilateral, not adaptable, and could cause danger in human interaction. The industrial robot of tomorrow should think creatively alongside humans, to solve problems. It should also solve multiple tasks and could oversee everything from testing products to packaging.

What does Collaboration look like?

This integration of robots as a primary part of the manufacturing industry will also change how we see our employee and management roles in the workplace. While market moguls like Mark Cuban (who recently demanded that President Trump invests over $100 Billion in robotics research) require an increase in automation, Cuban and his contemporaries also see the role of the human laborer changing. STEM abilities come into play with design, engineering, and technology interaction based capacities for the future manufacturing worker. Soft skills also become desirable for future employees in the transition towards automation. Programming is necessary, but finding creative solutions to the problems that will arise in that future economy is more pivotal. Humans will work with automated robotics in the future mechanical manufacturing industry, and not only in repairs.

 Job Taker or Creator?

So, is the market going to be overtaken by “bot-sourcing?” The chances are that while you’ll see more robots on the manufacturing floor, you’ll also see humans at their side providing skills and abilities that robots may not have. The role of the human worker will not disappear, but change to fit with automation technologies. This means we need to train a future workforce to be adaptable and embrace the robotics revolution that is here.

 

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