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January 10, 2017
MES - The Uncertainty of NAFTA

The Uncertainty of NAFTA

MES Inc. decision to expand its operations in Mexico was related to our largest North American clients’ strategic approach to invest in the country. We have started shipments to Mexico in 2011 and by the winter of the same year we were already warehousing and serving our clients out of Monterrey.  We have been consolidating our presence in Mexico ever since and continue to add staff. About 20% of our business comes today from Mexico. MES Inc., like most of our clients in Mexico, is worried, not so much about the actual change in the provisions of NAFTA or by the potential withdrawal of the US, but by the uncertainty surrounding the issue. Because there is no precedent in the history of modern trade relationships where US withdrew from a trade agreement, nobody knows what to expect or the timeframe to expect it within. This is disrupting our clients’ strategy […]
January 10, 2017

Case Study – Extrusions

A Case Study on extrusions manufactured for the Lighting and Automotive industries.
November 10, 2016
Disrupting the Dominant Design in Distribution

Disrupting the Dominant Design in Distribution

Disrupting the Dominant Design in Distribution by Chris Caplice, Ph.D., Executive Director, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, Silver Family Research Fellow, Sr. Lecturer. Presented at the Supply Chain Forum, Friday, October 21, 2016 by the Center for Operational Excellence, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University   Caplice asserts that just as there is a dominant design for consumer products, so, too, is there a dominant design for distribution with an accompanying scenario for every design each being susceptible to five potentially “driving” forces for disruption that cannot be controlled or influenced, with each having indirect, ambiguous and unknown effects.  By asking what trends can disrupt the dominant design for distribution in the US, Caplice suggests there are five potential disruptive driving forces. Trend #1—Densification of Products. “This is the process of reducing product size while maintaining or increasing its value. Examples of densification include laundry detergent (shifting […]
October 31, 2016

MES Achieves Lead Times Beyond Expectations

Last month, MES’ sourcing team was faced with yet another challenge for the outdoor lighting industry: delivering in record times an aluminum die casting tool of significant size: 1,240 mm x 1,075 mm x 895 mm weighing – 8,300 kg. Mobilizing the Sourcing Manager in China and engaging our most trusted suppliers, MES was able to finish the tooling in 55 days. PPAP parts were sent two weeks later, and the heat sink parts were in production 10 days after PPAP approval. Because of the relatively low volume (5,000), the size and complexity of the part, American suppliers quoted an average of 20 weeks lead time at 3 times the price achieved by MES. At MES, we consider that the lighting industry is the one keeping us on our feet. Unlike automotive programs which take years to kick-off, lighting is extremely fast with short product lifecycles and frequent product introductions. […]
October 31, 2016
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Betting on Industrial Valves and Fittings

At MES Inc. we acknowledge the importance and relevance of industrial valves and fittings manufacturing for a myriad of industries in North America. Although we have witnessed a slow-down of the heavy manufacturing and drilling activities over the past few years, the demand for valves, pumps and fittings has remained relatively constant. While industry revenues declined 5.2% in 2015, and is forecast to decline a further 2.8% in 2016, the industry revenue is expected to grow an annualized 1.6% to $23.2 billion over the five years to 2016 (IBISWorld). The estimated growth is not so much related to a rebound of the petroleum production and refining industries. But because valves remain a vital component in a wide range of manufacturing processes and manufacturing activity and aside from petroleum refining and distribution, valves have applications in markets that range from construction to pharmaceutical manufacturing and wastewater treatment. The construction of new […]
October 31, 2016
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MES Takes On a New Challenge: Oxygen Free Copper

At MES Inc. we love to take on new challenges and no challenge is too big for us. When one of our oldest clients presented us with a request for oxygen free copper to be used in vacuum interrupters, the sourcing team took on the almost impossible task of finding a supplier for the highly restrictive material. Impossible because there are only a handful of suppliers in the world. All high conductivity coppers contain some oxygen as a result of the copper refining process, but certain applications require copper with the highest purity and lowest oxygen levels. This project required the higher purity Cu-OFE (oxygen-free electronic) with 99.99% copper with silver removed and oxygen removed to 0.0010%. No copper is 100% pure but Oxygen Free High Conductivity Copper (OFHC) has only a trace of oxygen. In practice the oxygen content is typically 0.001 to 0.003% with a total maximum impurity […]
June 14, 2016
Iron Forecast Over 2017

Iron Forecast Over 2017

Check out our detailed analysis of the iron, iron ore, and steel metal markets.  This article reviews these markets’ performance over the past 5 years with a forecast for 2017 and beyond.
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