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AMT and the Reshoring Initiative Open Supply Chain Survey

AMT and the Reshoring Initiative have opened a survey to ask industry professionals about current sourcing issues and the future of reshoring. The survey closes February 28.

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What products and components offer the biggest opportunities for reshoring? What advanced manufacturing technology does reshoring require? To what degree did the pandemic affect supply chains and sourcing? To answer these questions, The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and the Reshoring Initiative are asking OEMs, job shops, technology suppliers and distributors to participate in an online survey to help in “Rebuilding the Supply Chain.” The survey is open through February 28, 2021.

The organizations say the survey takes about five minutes to complete. They will publish the results in March on AMT’s website, Reshoring Initiative’s website and IMTS.com/supply-chain, a one-stop repository for supply chain information, content and guidance resources. One of the key survey questions is whether OEMs and job shops would value an AMT service to connect them with manufacturing technology solutions for reshoring opportunities.

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“Participating in this survey will provide valuable insight on sourcing issues and which processes, products and components face the most pressure from imports and which offer the biggest opportunities to reshore,” says Peter R. Eelman, vice president and CXO at AMT. “The input we receive helps AMT and IMTS develop resources to help companies make more detailed sourcing assessments and better-informed sourcing decisions.”

“About 20 percent of what is now imported could be produced here more profitably with currently in-use technology,” adds Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative. “By matching the best and newest technology solutions to each opportunity, we can accelerate the reshoring trend.”

The survey is part of AMT’s Rebuilding the Supply Chain initiative, which has gained greater visibility due to COVID-19 disruptions and the shift in emphasis of IMTS to further support the industrial base. AMT is collaborating on this initiative with the Reshoring Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing manufacturing back to the United States.