There was once a time where the manufacturing industry looked set to die out. Most companies opted for using foreign factories in the Far East.
Nowadays, it looks like the market for such services in countries like China is declining. There is a greater emphasis on making more things on domestic soil these days. Plus, more importantly, there is a financial incentive for doing so.
You might not think it, but we are in the midst of going through a new industrial revolution. With a rising demand for more homegrown products, we are seeing more manufacturing plants springing up. There are also some other reasons for such a positive change:
Easier to obtain finance
You might think that it has become harder for startups to borrow money these days. It might surprise you to learn that nothing is further from the truth! For instance, some new businesses get funding from investment and venture capital funds. Others crowdsource the money they need through websites like Kickstarter.
There are many new “lifestyle” businesses starting up that manufacture their own goods in-house. And it’s all been made more possible thanks to more accessible finance.
Design tools have become more accessible
Once upon a time, startups had to pay considerable sums to have ideas and concepts made into working prototypes. As you know, it’s impossible to pitch an idea without helping potential investors visualize it.
These days, the growth of open-source software makes it easy to design concepts on a computer. But, what about physical working prototypes, I hear you ask? Startups can keep their costs down even at the prototyping stage. The emergence of affordable 3D printing technology has helped to make that possible.
Don’t forget that 3D printing isn’t just about creating plastic molds of parts. It’s also used for printing objects made from metal too.
A wealth of outsourced support services
The 21st century has helped propel the outsourced service industry into the stratosphere! Today’s manufacturers no longer have to do everything themselves. They find it easier and more cost-effective to tackle specific roles and act as extensions of their businesses.
For instance, manufacturing accounting providers negate the need to have an in-house accounting department. Even IT support can get outsourced, with the majority of problems resolved via a remote desktop connection.
Such examples give manufacturing startups extra money to invest in other areas of their business, such as research and development.
The future of manufacturing
As you can imagine, the time and money-saving examples mentioned above make starting a new manufacturing company a viable prospect. It is now coming to a point where it is cheaper to make things on home soil instead of importing foreign-made products and paying customs taxes on them.
The future of manufacturing will no doubt incorporate more cost-effective automated processes. Robotics isn’t anything new in the industry, but it’s relatively expensive for a startup. In the future, automated product manufacturing will become cheaper as more firms build new factories.
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1 thought on “The New Industrial Revolution: Why We Are Seeing A Surge In Manufacturing Startups”
A college of mine approached me about opening our own machine shop / fabrication business. He’s got some pieces of equipment , but we would be looking to acquire a CNC Mill or Lathe. And since we do not have the cash, we would have to look into financing our capital equipment. This scares me! The last thing we want to do is to go into every month owing $$. Yet on the other side , like the article said, manufacturing is on the come back. Between the two of us, we can book the work. It’s just that that the metal working industry is unforgiving. You can make good money , but you can lose it as well.
Funny though, my first real job, back in “94” was that as an apprentice on a manual lathe. I might be coming full circle. I know no other industry better!
Feel free to leave you comments. Do you see manufacturing making a come back in America?