Domestic manufacturing and distribution is making a comeback in Arizona and across the U.S. According to Industry Week, between 2010 and 2015 more than 200 companies, most of them based in the U.S., brought their production back to America in a practice known as onshoring. Foreign manufacturers' interest in setting up shop in the U.S. is growing as well.
As more companies move production to U.S. soil, they will likely be in search of domestic financing options.
What is bringing manufacturing back to the U.S.?
Forbes contributor Ellen Sheng discussed a report from The Global Supply Chain Benchmark Consortium, which found companies from both Asia and Europe are beginning to move production to the U.S. so they can better position themselves in the market and also reap the benefits of U.S. technological developments.
Additionally, the U.S. is becoming more appealing for cost reasons. Labor costs in China are increasing, and U.S. production is becoming more efficient as technology improves. Those two things, combined with the low domestic prices of oil and gas, make the U.S. a sound, cost-effective option for manufacturing companies. Sheng discussed another study which found that industrial plants in China pay as much as 50% more for electricity than those in the U.S.
Additionally, in regards to manufacturing output per employee, the U.S. is 80-90% more productive.
What are these U.S.-based manufacturers looking for?
As more manufacturers become local, they could be looking for domestic financing options. Industry Week emphasized the need for these manufacturers to partner with financing providers that are not only experienced in financing equipment, but also have specific experience in financing manufacturers. Banks with manufacturing expertise likely can deliver value-added insights along with attractive terms.
In addition, the publication suggested manufacturers find partners that provide flexible finance structures. Manufacturers know flexibility is vital due to the rapid development of new technologies that may cause processes and strategies to shift, alongside changing customer needs.
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