Made In China 2025
March 21, 2023 | By: Hans Dittmar
China's "Made in China 2025" directive is ramping up pressure on many multinational corporations especially those with a large revenue footprint. The overall goal of MIC 2025 is to promote innovation and the development of high-tech industries, to...
How Experienced Contract Manufacturers are ‘Problem Solvers’ for OEMs
December 21, 2021 | By: Hans Dittmar
“If your only tool is a hammer then every problem looks like a nail.” -- Abraham Maslow
Reducing Lead Times is Always Smart
April 23, 2021 | By: Hans Dittmar
It's true that lead times always play a role in the manufacturing of any product. This gains visibility quickly when the supply chain faces unplanned disruptions.
Chip Shortages Add To Supply Chain Beating
March 26, 2021 | By: Hans Dittmar
Everyone knew - early on - that as the economy rose, demand for durable goods and capital equipment would get back on track. The post-pandemic supply chain, however, keeps taking punches from a variety of unusual sources, including stuck ships...
Value Engineering of Mature Products is Really a Thing
February 26, 2021 | By: Hans Dittmar
While there is a lot of discussion revolving around the differences between DfM, DfA and Value Engineering, they share many traits. Value Engineering is a process — originally developed and named by GE — that is considered by many to be applicable...
Supply Chain Outlook: Turbulence For 2021
January 26, 2021 | By: Hans Dittmar
Good news, bad news: faster-than-expected increases in demand causing supply chain issues.
Shipping Rates Increasing for 2021
January 6, 2021 | By: Hans Dittmar
Shipping costs have increased significantly and are predicted to rise further in 2021 & beyond. Trans-Pacific shipping rates just popped to new all-time high. The entire domestic shipping and logistics industry is strained.
DfM, DfA & DfMA: 3 Processes Every OEM Needs to Know
August 13, 2020 | By: Hans Dittmar
In today’s competitive landscape, contract manufacturers (CMs) need to do more than just fill orders that meet product specs. Top-tier CMs work with their OEM partners to ensure that everyone is on the same page
Covid-19 Doesn't Stop Critical Work at GMI
July 31, 2020 | By: Hans Dittmar
Things continue to be tricky. Wisconsin now has a face mask mandate, but GMI was prepared and has already put preventative measures in place to keep our team - and product supply - safe.
Culture Really Matters - Here's an Example.
July 16, 2020 | By: Hans Dittmar
Here at GMI, we have always been proud of our culture. We know a positive culture leads to a healthier environment, longer tenures and more satisfied customers. It's good to see evidence of it, especially when it's unsolicited.
Talk of Reshoring to USA Experiencing a Resurgence
June 18, 2020 | By: Hans Dittmar
Reshoring – the act of moving manufacturing back to its point of consumption – is seeing a real uptick in recent months. There are many factors for why this is happening, but more U.S.-based companies than ever before are considering transitioning...
3 Factors Shaping the Medical Industry (and Why They Matter to OEMs)
April 29, 2020 | By: Hans Dittmar
The modern medical industry is largely technology-driven, making its evolution necessary and rapid. But technology isn’t the sole reason. Tougher regulations, aging populations, and advancements in research/solutions impact many decisions.