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April 18, 2017

Our Time At ISPA Affirms Corporate Strategy

It was great getting together with others at this year’s International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) Industry Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. This event provided a space to strengthen bonds with customers, build relationships with vendors and look for ways to improve, in order to continue to be great at what we do.

March 7, 2017

The Value NAFTA Brings To American Business

MFI was recently featured in a Washington Post article titled “With NAFTA in Trump’s crosshairs, Mexico’s border factories brace for the unknown.” The article touched on how the Trump Administration is seeking to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – blaming it for the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs.

March 1, 2017

The Dream Of Better Sleep Achieved By Better Technology

In the drive to get more done and live life to the fullest, the irony is that a person needs more sleep, not less. Studies show that people who sleep seven hours a night perform better, live longer, and are both healthier and happier. Sleep is the one activity that helps the body and brain to be restored and repaired each new day.

May 8, 2015

While U.S. Textile Manufacturing Remains Sluggish, Mexican Capacity Grow

A recent op-ed piece by Mike Flanagan in Sourcing Journal Online lamented the sluggish growth in U.S. textile manufacturing, particularly when it comes to apparel. Despite some small progress in the textile area, Flanagan reports that there has been an annual decline in apparel making since the early 90s. Unfortunately the U.S. apparel manufacturing industry does not yet seem to be participating in the national jobs recovery.

April 14, 2015

Mexican Manufacturing Continues to Gain Strength

In 2013 Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) ongoing series on the changing global economics of manufacturing predicted that widening cost advantages over China could soon add $20 - $60 billion in output to Mexico’s economy annually.

April 3, 2015

LA Port and Supply Chain Disruption Has Manufacturers Looking South

The long-term labor dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association is wreaking havoc on many importers, manufacturers, and supply chain members. Those companies which thought they were saving money by using Asian rim or Central American sources have found the weak link in their distribution plans.

November 13, 2014

Mexican Manufacturing Easily Meets Demands of Global Performance Apparel Market

According to Textile Exchange Online, performance apparel is one of the fastest growing sectors of the global textile industry, with some of the largest gains realized in North America.

November 13, 2014

Realign your Next Sourcing Strategy

A very interesting report from The Boston Consulting Group evaluates the manufacturing performance during the last decade, and identifies surprising trends to be considered for your new sourcing strategy.

July 1, 2014

Furniture Manufacturers get the best of both worlds sourcing in Mexico

According to a New York Times story on May 31, 2014, American trade with Mexico has increased nearly thirty percent just since 2010. Additionally, many companies who have in the past imported from Asian sources have recently turned to Mexico, causing an eleven percent increase in shipments to the US to the tune of $964.7 million in the last year alone, according to Furniture/Today research.

June 20, 2014

Made in the USA: 2014 and Beyond

How many people do you know that have been affected by outsourcing jobs to other countries? The actual number may shock you. Long before “outsourcing” became a buzz word, the US had been doing it since the 1950’s.

January 16, 2014

Manufacturing in Mexico in 2014

2014 Could Be Banner Year For MFI and Other Mexican Manufacturers. Experts Forecast Steep Rise In Production In 2014. “For 2014, our model points to a sizable pickup in Mexico’s manufacturing sector; we now forecast growth of 3.9 percent.”

November 24, 2013

Manufacturing In Mexico Is In Midst Of Unprecedented Boom

Detroit is often called “Motor City,” but calling Mexico “Motor Country” is becoming increasingly more accurate.

November 20, 2013

MFI Can Manage Your Company's Operation In Mexico

Does your company want to move its manufacturing plant to Mexico? Are you confident that your company can manufacture its products itself in Mexico rather than outsource the production to an established manufacturer in Mexico?

November 11, 2013

MFI Could Solve Healthcare Cost Problems for Growing Manufacturers

Some organizations that have studied the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act have concluded that it will negatively affect the American business community.

October 11, 2013

MFI International Addresses The U.S. Textile Workers Shortage

Textiles companies have several major problems, including a shortage of skilled sewers. MFI International has the solutions, including a highly-skilled workforce.

September 26, 2013

Mexico's Textile Industry Outperforms Asian Industries

The news about the April, 2013, tragedy in Bangladesh received worldwide attention. And it should have because 1,129 Bangladeshi garment workers died when the building they were working in collapsed.

August 10, 2013

More Businesses Are Nearshoring In Mexico

Marty McFly time-traveled from 1985 to 1955 in the movie “Back to the Future.”

This year, many companies are sort of time-traveling to 2000 -- the year they began leaving their operations in Mexico -- because they’re returning to Mexico.

June 21, 2013

USA Companies Are Choosing Mexico over Other Nations for Manufacturing

Did you know that a product that says it is “Made in Mexico” is actually 40 percent manufactured in the United States?

June 10, 2013

Mexico's Promise to Training Engineers Helps American Manufacturers

Many journalists have been ignoring the facts about Mexico for years. Mexico, they write, is a dangerous third-world nation whose citizens desperately want to immigrate to the United States to escape a poverty-stricken nation with few job opportunities.

June 5, 2013

How Manufacturers in Mexico Can Avoid Fire and Safety Disasters

The perils of manufacturing overseas at factories without adequate fire and workplace safety standards are risks that every CEO and compliance officer need to consider.

May 24, 2013

How Can I Get Preferential Customs Duty Rates When Manufacturing in Mexico?

When evaluating whether to manufacture in Mexico, it’s wise to consider customs issues such as import duties and taxes in order to accurately calculate your total landed cost.

April 21, 2013

Answers to Questions About Nearshore and Manufacturing in Mexico

Is now the time to change your outsource manufacturing strategy? What would such an endeavor cost, and how cost-effectively could it be accomplished? Learn the benefits, cost, logistics and security of manufacturing products in Mexico this June 11-13 at an upcoming Dallas, Texas conference called Nearshoring Mexico 2013.

April 15, 2013

Reshoring, Nearshoring. Right shoring, Wrong shoring?

Ever since China announced it would start increasing its wages by 13% each year through 2015, there’s been a lot of chatter in the global trade publications about production and assembly returning to the U.S. or to manufacture in Mexico.

February 28, 2013

The New Re-Shoring Trend: Think Globally, Act Regionally

Over the past 10 years, the manufacturing industry has expanded globally as brands outsourced their manufacturing needs and assembly to far-shore but low-cost, developing countries. But now, there’s a new production movement afoot, according to a report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Forum for Supply Chain Innovation.

February 21, 2013

Sourcing Solutions for Global Manufacturers

When planning your sourcing strategy, what are the top factors you consider? For most companies interested in manufacturing cost reduction the No. 1 answer is: total landed cost.

February 8, 2013

Juarez Sees 9% Manufacturing Jobs Growth

The maquiladora city of Juarez, Mexico experienced growth of 23,000 new manufacturing jobs, or 9%, from 2011-2012, according to city statistics from the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS).

January 25, 2013

Mexico Manufacturing: Your 2013 Strategy

Favorable macroeconomic conditions have positioned Mexico in a positive trend for manufacturing. In 2012, according to a new report by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), Mexico’s manufacturing industry grew 3.7%.

December 11, 2012

Security in Mexico: The Industry Experience

For North American manufacturers, nearshore Mexico offers a desirable, product assembly-and-shipping location and a skilled, cost-effective workforce. But with the news headlines about drug cartel violence in Mexico, you may have safety concerns about doing business in the region.

November 28, 2012

High Quality, FTAs Attract Record Auto Investments to Mexico

Good news for auto-parts manufacturers: Mexico is enjoying its best auto-manufacturing year yet. Car exports rose 12% to a record 1.98 million units in the first 10 months of 2012, according to a report by Bloomberg news, citing new November figures from the Mexican Automobile Industry Association. The country is on track to keep growing through 2017.

October 12, 2012

Textile Manufacturers: How Nimble Is Your Supply Chain?

For the textile and apparel sector, the old axiom has never been more true. One must adapt, or die. Over the past decade, online shopping habits have radically transformed the industry to emphasize supply chain speed and flexibility — as much as cost.

October 5, 2012

How China’s Slowdown Is Fueling Mexican Manufacturers

As Chinese wages and currency concerns rise, major auto manufacturers are increasingly looking south of the U.S. border for their needs. Ford, Audi, Nissan, and Honda are committing billions of dollars on new plants in Mexico—and demand for nearby auto-parts manufacturers, auto textiles and parts suppliers will follow suit.

September 27, 2012

Made in China? Not So Fast…

Imagine seeing your end product—in as little as one week from placing your order. Picture overnight speed to market—and the inherent savings in shipping costs. Envision leveraging this shorter sourcing cycle—along with favorable labor costs and higher quality workmanship—to optimize your supply chain, resulting in tighter inventory-to-demand.

September 21, 2012

Safety Work Ethics in Offshore Manufacturing

Several of our recent blog posts have focused on the factors associated with choosing a sourcing region or partner. Heading the list were cost and quality, but social compliance also ranks near the top. When offshoring textile manufacturing, many concerned American companies now include human rights, social responsibility and work ethics considerations in right along with labor costs.

September 19, 2012

What Really Matters When Choosing Manufacturing Partners?

Based on Apparel Magazine’s Sixth Annual Apparel Research Study & Analysis we recently asked, “Are Companies Really Looking for Cost Savings in ALL the RIGHT Places?” Another study area focused on factors for choosing a sourcing region/partner.

September 18, 2012

Are Companies Really Looking for Cost Savings in the RIGHT Places?

In its Sixth Annual Apparel Research Study & Analysis, “Looking for Cost Savings in All the Right Places,” Apparel Magazine describes challenges brands and retailers face in developing a sourcing strategy which captures cost savings without compromising quality.

September 14, 2012

It’s Time to Explore North American Manufacturing

Like moths drawn to a flame, U.S. manufacturers flock to Asia for assembly needs, but they are overlooking the obvious benefits of manufacturing in Mexico.

June 19, 2012

The Auto Industry at Speed through Mexico's Manufacturing Roadmap

One of the fast growing industries in Mexico is the automotive manufacturing industry, both in terms of making auto parts and finished vehicles.

June 5, 2012

Enhanced Trade System Expedites Mexico Manufacturing Supply Chain

The overwhelming benefits of cross border manufacturing in Mexico are becoming increasingly clear to U.S. companies.

May 31, 2012

Leveraging the Benefits of Duty Free Manufacturing in Mexico

The manufacture in Mexico of a wide variety of products destined for the markets of the United States offers a number of significant advantages over cross national manufacturing facilities in other countries.

May 29, 2012

High-Tech Training for Companies Looking at Manufacturing in Mexico

In order to support the needs of high-tech manufacturing industries, cities looking to attract international companies need an ample supply of a crucial resource: educated and trained workers.

May 22, 2012

Mexico Manufacturing Best Practices

For companies that are looking to move their manufacturing to Mexico, there are three popular methods for establishing a manufacturing operation in Mexico: contract manufacturing, subsidiary (or stand alone) corporations and shelter operations.

May 18, 2012

NAFTA: Key Driver for Mexico’s Manufacturing Sector

The impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on Mexico’s economic and social transformation cannot be understated, a recent article in the Washington Times explains.

May 17, 2012

Chihuahua Ranks High in Aerospace Manufacturing in Mexico

A rising aerospace manufacturing powerhouse may not be the first thing many people think of when they think of Mexico, but one day this may change.

May 11, 2012

Re-think China’s Value Added Tax (VAT) Policy for Global Sourcing

As we continue to see the reverse manufacturing trend from Asia to North America, we see that companies are facing a common issue related to China’s government regulations and how they handle their value-added tax (VAT) policies.

May 10, 2012

Understanding how Mexican manufacturers manage labor law issues

Companies that are looking to move some or all of their manufacturing to Mexico can reap significant savings, but there are areas of managing a business in Mexico that a manufacturer needs to fully understand.

May 4, 2012

Manufacturing in Mexico vs. China

Approximately a decade ago, China began to make its mark on the scene of the world manufacturing industry. As capitalization caused its economy to grow by leaps and bounds, China’s share of the international production trade also expanded exponentially, driven by a massive workforce ready to provide inexpensive labor to companies from around the globe.

May 1, 2012

Maquiladoras on the rebound: Juarez and El Paso benefit

Maquiladoras in Mexico have a long history in different regions of the country, particularly for cities such as Ciudad Juarez.

April 27, 2012

Is your product IP protected when manufacturing in Mexico?

Intellectual property is one of the most important resources for any manufacturer. Although the protection of IP is important for ensuring that competitors do not gain access to confidential industry information and manufacturing processes, it also plays a major role in protecting the integrity of a company’s brand from counterfeit goods.

April 24, 2012

The Secret to a Successful Transition into Mexico Manufacturing

Although China has historically been one of the top destinations for companies looking to lower their manufacturing cost, many companies now understand the benefits of having their manufacturing closer to home, in lower cost countries like Mexico.

April 18, 2012

Shorter Lead Times From Your Supplier Translates Into Savings

More and more companies are deciding to offshore manufacturing to countries like Mexico and China. China has had the edge but Mexico workforce now seems to be the country of choice for the majority of American manufacturers for a variety of reasons.

April 13, 2012

Manufacturing in Mexico Boosts Border Crossings

The emergence of dedicated manufacturing zones in many Mexican cities has prompted a surge in U.S.-Mexican cross border traffic and trade.

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