Manufacturing Automation: Three reasons for manufacturing’s resilience during the pandemic
The manufacturing industry in North America has proven to be very robust, resilient and durable during this crisis
The manufacturing industry in North America has proven to be very robust, resilient and durable during this crisis. Even before the pandemic, there was a concerted effort by industry to secure their supply lines by reshoring to North America, and the motivation to do this has only intensified.
Through the aggregated productivity data that my company gathers for many companies across all the major industry sectors (automotive, heavy equipment, food and bev, wood products, steel and metal processors), I see that overall “value-adding activity” has, by and large, returned to pre-COVID-19 levels.
Because the services my company provides are essential to these operations, I have had opportunities to visit some of these plants and gain key insights that offer an interesting narrative to support that data. Though not scientific or empirical, I’d like to offer three reasons for the resilience of our manufacturing sector – and why some have come through it stronger.