MAIN Business Industry & Manufacturing
Once a manufacturing powerhouses, the US and many other industrialized countries have
suffered drastic fallout from international trade policies enacted in the last
several decades. Navigating the global economy is now a necessity for most manufacturers
no matter how large or small the company might be.
upside? Companies and consumers now have a wide range of manufactured goods to
choose from and often at far lower prices on arrival... even considering the shipping
and customs costs.
downside? Choosing primary sources of manufactured goods is taking on a new urgency
as worldwide free trade threatens a 'Wild West' shakeout of rewritten
rules for quality control and health safeguards.
going global means an increasingly delicate balance between price and quality
as top level buyers and purchasing managers choose among manufacturers,
distributors or exporters located anywhere from North and South America and Eastern
Europe to the Pacific Rim... from Zurich to Hong Kong... or anywhere in between.
The export and
import options can be staggering, but sourcing good quality materials at the best
prices has never been more important.
who know how to shop for parts and products in the global marketplace have an
edge over their competitors that can mean the difference between red or black
ink on the bottom line. A business owner who knows how to reach customers in all
parts of the globe literally unlocks a whole new world of potential sales and
Matching buyers and sellers
The Internet provides solutions to finding industry and manufacturing resources
with specialized online business directories and portals that provide a one stop
shopping experience no matter how hard it might be to match your specs.
distributors and service providers looking for business owners who can use the
parts or products they make can find buyers, both local and international, with
owners who are looking for machinery, parts or merchandise can often locate even the
most difficult to find items without leaving their laptops.
Internet can be helpful in other areas besides finding raw materials or parts.
Software that helps to manage employees, supply chains, inventory and forecasting
future production needs is vital to efficiently running a profitable manufacturing
Related industry & manufacturing resources around the Web:
Following the best and the latest industry trends, networking with
other manufacturing professionals or finding out who makes what becomes easier with the
help of a handful of targeted web sites.
the search right here with the online sweep of world industry with these comprehensive
guides to American and international companies and products, along with related information, surveys and statistics, and with one particularly breathtaking view of the future of manufacturing ...
Industrial Directory of Manufacturers - Enter keywords or choose categories from a dropdown menu to access a database
of over 4,000 manufacturing parts, products and services
Search - The huge international industry guide searchable in an A-Z list
or by keyword, company name, location, product or service.
Online Industrial Directory by SIC Codes - Also searchable by company
name, brand name, product or service.
Business Euro Pages -
The online business and industrial yellow pages for all of Europe.
Business Technology Magazine - IT for Manufacturing Executives - The online home of the print publication with reviews of related manufacturing software and electronics products, feature stories, and opinion on enterprise resource planning and industry white papers.
Manufacturing.net - Main portal to all things industry with news & feature stories on new developments in manufacturing and design, materlals handling, labor relations, world markets, trends and more with relatedd education, career and job postings.
Mining and Construction Statistics - US Census Bureau - Current industrial reports including searchable databases of nationwide shipments and orders, exports, energy consumption overviews.