Plastics Today reports that reshoring manufacturing is set to have a banner year.
Reshoring of US manufacturing is poised to surge 38% year over year, according to the Reshoring Initiative. “If 2H2021 progresses at the same rate as 1H2021, reshoring and foreign direct investment (FDI) job announcements for 2021 are projected to be over 220,000 — 38% above an excellent 2020 and, by far, the highest yearly number recorded to date,” according to the organization’s website.
“We’ve seen an uptick in domestic companies wanting to reshore manufacturing over the last couple of years and anticipate a 10 to 15% increase in production in the next 12 months due to reshoring,” said Tammy Barras, President of Westec Plastics of Livermore, CA. “One company we’re working with currently has products running overseas, but they’ve recently decided to build molds and run production domestically. They have seen production delays and increased costs due to inflation and supply shortages overseas. Several customers have requested only domestic tooling to avoid the uncertainty of the current economic climate.”
“I’ve been in the plastics business for 28 years and the tide is changing,” said Jon Hubers, Sales and Operations Manager for Crescent Plastics in Evansville, IN. “The phone is ringing with customers wanting to source USA parts because of the headaches with long lead times and increased shipping costs from China. We have two major OEMs reshoring parts and have found their costs to be lower. These positive changes make me very optimistic about future business.”