In January of 2018, President Donald Trump effectively started a trading war with the impending imposition with a series of tariffs on selective products and components produced outside the United States. These tariffs included: Section 232 Tariffs authorizing the President to impose tariffs on any goods which can impair the national security. Section 301 Tariffs which authorize the President to impose penalties on any country or commodity based on “unjustified, unreasonable or discriminatory trade practices.” These tariffs offer the potential for increasing employment in a select number of U.S. aluminum and steel mills. However, with these tariffs having gone into effect on trade with Mexico, Canada and countries in the European Union, they bring a negative downside that will certainly radiate to many industries and have already alienated some of the U.S.’s closest allies. The Chinese Tariff Trap In particular, components and products imported from China have been narrowly […]
Aluminum castings have been used in various industrial application for nearly two centuries. As a material, aluminum has inherent qualities that make it a highly desirable material for use in mechanical parts. Aluminum is a lightweight, easily machinable metal with good thermal and electrical conductivity, Aluminum also has several drawbacks. It quickly oxidizes and wears rapidly. Because aluminum is relatively soft, it is susceptible to dings, scratches and galling. Adding a protective coating is one means of overcoming the negative aspects of aluminum, although each coating option comes with its own consequences. The options for coating aluminum include: 1] Anodizing 2] Plating – Nickel, Gold and Chrome, 3] Chemical Films 4] Powder Coating Anodizing Anodizing is a process by which the surface of the aluminum is artificially oxidized to create a protective coating. Oxidized aluminum is extremely durable. Chemically, it is inert, as demonstrated by its relationship to alternative forms of the […]
The MES team has been growing by leaps and bounds and now includes close to 50 members worldwide. With offices or personnel in the US, Mexico, India, China, Vietnam and Australia, we are truly a global company! We recently snapped some photos from our Mexico office, and thought you’d enjoy seeing the view our Mexico team enjoys. MES, Inc. is a full-service provider of global contract manufacturing services. Our value to our customers is our ability to manage the entire Supply Chain Management process, from sourcing, manufacturing, export/import, logistics and warehousing solutions. We take great pride in our ability to reduce manufacturing and tooling costs and manufacturing lead times for our customers worldwide. Contact us today to find out more and to see how we can save you time and money on manufactured components and supply chain management.
Our China Manufacturing Sourcing Team is Growing! MES is happy to announce that we continue to grow and enlarge both our operations and our personnel worldwide! We recently opened our China office to improve our ability to serve our customers. We continue to add staff to better monitor manufacturing production for our customers, as well as improve quality and service. MES president, Hiten Shah, says, “We believe that it is critical to have a presence in the countries we source manufacturing from. There really is no substitute for people on the ground to monitor production schedules and the quality of the products produced. It gives us better communications and relationships with our suppliers, and gets them invested in our goals to provide the best service and quality possible for our customers manufacturing needs. Having local personnel ensures that we stay on top the entire manufacturing process, which extends not only […]
This is the most metric-intensive portion of the supply chain process—one where we continuously measure quality levels, production output and productivity. Outsourced Manufacturing Considerations Manufacturers are increasingly relying on outsourced manufacturing as they struggle to keep manufacturing costs in check, shorten product cycles and stay competitive in their market. Outsourced manufacturing, done well, can help manufacturers save money on everything from facility costs, tooling, equipment purchases and maintenance, as well as staffing. Outsourced manufacturing can also allow for the expansion of core competencies and help protect companies from supply interruptions. As compelling as the savings are, sacrificing quality or lead times can end up costing manufacturers more money in the long term. You must ensure that the outsourced manufacturing vendor has the technical capabilities, capacity, facilities, and systems to provide the products according to your specifications and will provide the service you expect. You should assess the willingness and capability […]