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23 October3 Areas of Manufacturing Making Headlines

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Industrial manufacturing is what usually comes to mind when discussing the manufacturing industry. We’ve been conditioned to think of hard hats and blow torches whenever someone says they work in manufacturing. However, as technology grows, so does the manufacturing industry. There are many new areas being added to the manufacturing industry every day. Here are 3 areas of technology that will be influential in keeping American manufacturing competitive.

Sustainable manufacturing:
Energy-efficient manufacturing is growing bigger every day. Manufacturing companies are looking for more ways to continue operations without using an excessive amount of resources. The possibility of “blackout” factories that are able to operate in the dark have manufacturing engineers intrigued. These facilities have the potential to further cut costs by not needing to be heated or cooled because they’re largely ran by robots and other machines. Remanufacturing and recycling may also become more important as the priority grows to use more local materials.

Biomanufacturing:
Biomanufacturing is very different from industrial manufacturing. It uses biological organisms to produce products. This is being used heavily by pharmaceutical companies with the ongoing development of drugs and other medical compounds.

Adaptable Manufacturing:
Mobile cases are very popular because everyone has dropped their Cellphone. The result of this very expensive mistake is usually a cracked screen that is a pain to fix. However, imagine a Cellphone that could bend when you drop it. Over the next decade, adaptable manufacturing is expected to expand in creating flexibility electronics. Due to the demand of stronger and more reliable electronic devices, adaptable manufacturing is expected to be one of the fastest growing areas of technology in today’s marketplace.

2 October3 Ways to Attract Women to Manufacturing

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While manufacturers are rushing to fill positions, businesses are passing up an untapped resource, women. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make up 47% of the US workforce but only 29% of the manufacturing workforce. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, 2.7 million manufacturer workers are expected to retire in the next 8 years.  In order to keep the US Manufacturing Industry thriving, it will be crucial to attract a new generation of workers.  Here are 3 ways to attract more women to manufacturing jobs.

Industry Re-branding  

The manufacturing industry has a reputation for being “man’s work”. This is repelling the majority of women from considering the manufacturing industry for employment. In order to change women’s perspective, there has to be a change in industry perception. Manufacturing companies have to re-brand their company to be more women friendly. Companies should engage more women prospects at college and business fairs. Hire more women who can recruit other women. It is important for women to see other women doing the job they want to do. At Lyndex-Nikken, 40 percent of our staff are women and we have many women in leadership positions. Our Inside Sales Manager and Purchasing Manager are both women. Businesses can create internship and mentorship programs to help guide women through working in manufacturing. This will help you to retain your newly hired women employees and keep your business successful.

Company Culture 

Think back to the best job you’ve ever had. Ask yourself, what made this job stand out amongst the rest? Usually, it’s the company culture. According to a study conducted by Deloitte entitled, Women in Manufacturing: Exploring the Gender Gap, company culture is very important to women. Similar to Millennials, women prospects want equally pay, a healthy work-life balance and a clear path to advancement within the company. These are key aspects women consider when accepting career positions. It will be important to spend time creating a company culture that attracts women to manufacturing, if you want to keep American Manufacturing in America.

Position Flexibility 

Boredom is job killer. Nobody stays at a job they consider to be tedious. However, you stay in a career in you find interesting. Women are no different. They want to be challenged and be assigned projects they enjoy and find interesting. Create training programs that allow employees to spend time in other departments within the company. This will give your new-hires a chance to see what kind of work they want to do. At Lyndex-Nikken, we created a training program which rotates our sales associates to various departments to learn how that department runs efficiently.  This helps to facilitate continuous learning and helps to fill any gaps you may have in your staff. In return, you have an employee who is excited about working at your company and who excels at their job. They are more likely to stay with the company for years to come.

These insights are valuable for all businesses but especially the manufacturing industry.  Please share, like and subscribe to our social media channels for more industry insights.