The Take Back Manufacturing (TBM) Initiative
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It’s now clear to many Canadians that it’s time to rescue our declining manufacturing industries and get everyone to work closer together to plan the recovery of our declining manufacturing sectors..
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is spearheading this TBM initiative and we have formed a TBM forum of a broad representation of like minded Canadian technical societies, management associations, trade organizations and educational stakeholders and other interested organizations.
The TBM initiative is about getting everyone to embrace this need with the ultimate goal of getting government, educators and industry leadership to start working closer together to plan the recovery of the declining manufacturing sectors in Ontario.
We believe all Ontarians need to understand that our sinking prosperity in Ontario requires an awareness of the important part the manufacturing sector plays in our economic stability and that we need to support the recovery of a broad manufacturing industry base to provide a more robust platform for sustained innovation and best in class practices, and that without such a base we will not be able to support our economy in a competitive manner into the future.
The TBM Roadmap
Next…We outline the roadmap that must be
followed to improve the
Canadian business environment, focus and approach to better position us for
success within the manufacturing sectors.
We did not call it…… “Welcome Back Manufacturing” …we call it TAKE Back Manufacturing …..meaning we have to “TAKE” it back for our future prosperity via an aggressive roadmap with a combination of policy change/education
renewal / business case re-planning, and by also understanding the true value of the manufacturing environment for our future balanced economy.
A Re-shoring initiative alone is just not enough for Canada.
The Re-shoring initiative in the USA has been newsworthy, where some natural Re-shoring of manufacturing capacity back to the US from off-shore is now happening. The lowered US dollar, some depressed pay rates, and the nature of some commodities place the decision to bring manufacturing back to the USA at the tipping point for some sectors.
The high Cdn $ is an added challenge to reach a justification for re-shoring in Canada as we have a resource escalated Canadian $, so we are not at the same re-shoring tipping point as some of the manufacturing sectors are in the USA.
We need to TAKE Back Manufacturing…
This higher re-shoring tipping point means we must be much more structured and deliberate to take back our manufacturing industry. Allowing a more natural re-shoring process to just take place in a passive way will just not work for us.
We need to work on 3 parallel imperatives…
1/ Government support
To Take Back Manufacturing and become the local source of manufacturing of the next generation of products we consume, and with which we can also win export markets, we need to ensure Canadian government policy makers get much more involved in understanding how to support manufacturing.
They must re-visit future policies and plans and grasp the multiplier effect manufacturing has on other jobs in an economy… its 3 to 1…. For every manufacturing job you get 3 other support/service related jobs.
This advantage needs to be woven into new policies when we look toward building tax
infrastructure and incentives for re-industrialization. We also need to explain the intrinsic waste in the current form of globalization to our government, and that going forward there is a much
2/ Industry action
The TBM initiative can apply to all manufacturing industry sectors with many experts predicting that for some sectors the tipping point has been reached and for others it will be reached soon.
With the current offshore cost increases in wage, transportation and exchange rates all local manufacturer need to pursue a competitive analysis to determine if the escalating offshore costs have created the opportunity to gain a true price advantage through local manufacturing..
Also, business leaders and engineers who run businesses need to re-visit the success factors for local Canadian manufacturing. We believe it will require a winning vision and attitude toward productivity through advanced manufacturing strategies and appropriate technology and capital investment. It will demand the ongoing review of Balanced Global Sourcing Models and understanding the total cost of ownership of off-shore versus on-shoring manufacturing. The decision makers will need to review these global sourcing factors and direct their business plans correctly to become competitive... they will need to understand that the sourcing decision is not just labor rate differential, it’s much more complex, and involves an understanding of the costs of manufacturing technology / Logistics/ fuel / quality / tariff / exchange rate / distribution and product support costs and must include risk to off shoring Intellectual Property and the huge opportunity to better harness local innovation capability strengthened via local manufacturing and a more clustered supply base.
It will call for further productivity improvements and flexibility and agile local manufacturing strategies by applying LEAN principals so that businesses can add value close to the customer to beat out this more remote competitor.
Another advantage will have to be gained through the use of flexible automation and tooling with complete integration with advanced business and engineering systems to streamline and reduce overall operating costs.
They must study these costs structures and global market economics to reach a more Balanced Sourcing strategy and do the trade-offs to maximize the opportunity for a prosperous localized manufacturing based economy.
It’s our leaders in industry with strong unified support from all levels of government that will address this issue better than anyone else.
The other imperative involves the capability and availability of the future manufacturing workforce.
This has suffered a decline in concert with the manufacturing sectors decline placing the current skill mix in disarray. So without significant re-planning we will have drastic experience, knowledge and skill shortages in most areas when we try to rebirth these manufacturing sectors.
We will need to focus on the planning of our manufacturing workforce to create a highly knowledgeable, skilled, competent and integrated workforce at all levels and disciplines within and across the industrial sectors.
This will require an integrated and scalable apprenticeship
program to administer
education and training with full support and involvement from industry sectors and
the local governments.
The TBM door remains unlocked just now…let’s work together and kick it open and Take Back Manufacturing for our future prosperity!
The outlook and next steps… We need YOUR help!!!
We have recently made progress and have many news releases that explain our journey on the TBM website. www.sme-tbm.org
We have gained some traction with government and policy makers and this activity continues.
The outlook is to undertake the TBM roadmap we have developed …….
The next step is to gather information on what industry perceives the issues and what help is needed…
We have designed a TBM positional survey to detail and define the support that we will need to provide to the industrial base and its workforce..
So, if you agree with what we have outlined and are concerned for the health of our Manufacturing sectors
Then take the.... TBM POSITIONAL SURVEY
PLEASE …. EVERY-ONE ……..TAKE THE SURVEY …..
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