Upsets in supply chain felt by half of US manufacturers

11 August 2010

11 August 2010 | Lindsay Clark

Supply chain disruption is on the increase among US manufacturers, a survey of 500 members of an online marketplace found.

The research by MFG.com shows that 51 per cent of buyers in manufacturing companies experienced disturbances in their supply chains had sought relief from new suppliers in the second quarter of 2010. This figure that has increased in each of the previous three quarters. In the third quarter of 2009, 39 per cent said they were experiencing disruption.

Meanwhile, North American suppliers have seen increased activity from buyers who say they have suffered from troubled supply chains. Forty two per cent said they had received queries or actual work from buyers who were under pressure, compared with 36 per cent in the first quarter of this year.

MFG.com questioned nearly 500 North American suppliers and buyers of manufacturing goods and services – including engineers and designers responsible for sourcing components.

The research findings reflect recent concern over how scaled-back supply chains are coping with an upturn in activity in the manufacturing sector. In July, Nissan was forced to halt production at three factories in Japan as a result of a lack of necessary parts in its supply chain.

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