This is a wake-up call for two issues:
- We must close the skills gap on NEW manufacturing skills that we have misunderstood and offshored for so long and
- Understand how to embrace new manufacturing techniques of customization, but more importantly, how to market and sell that to consumers.
There are still great examples where manufacturing closer to demand really works. Look at all the BMW X series cars that are made in the Carolinas mainly for the US market.
I would appreciate your thoughts on this.
Automated factories were seen as an alternative to overseas labor