reSAWN TIMBER co. Debuts CUBISM: 11 New Designs on Finger Jointed Western Red Cedar

DIAMANT western red cedar by reSAWN

DIAMANT western red cedar

CHOCHOL shou sugi ban charred western red cedar by reSAWN

CHOCHOL shou sugi ban charred wester red cedar

VILLA SAVOYE western red cedar by reSAWN

VILLA SAVOYE western red cedar

CUBISM features both charred and non-charred western red cedar in a range of colors including neutral and bold color tones.

CUBISM is the specification for the modern architect who is looking for what’s next.”

— reSAWN TIMBER co.

TELFORD, PA, UNITED STATES, July 17, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — CUBISM by reSAWN features 11 new designs on Western Red Cedar (WRC) that are engineered to add graphic interest and geometric pattern that both contrasts and compliments the natural grain of the cedar.

Using only Clear A&Better Mixed Grain Western Red Cedar, “blocks” ranging in lengths from 3” to 11” are finger jointed together to create consistent plank dimensions of 11/16” thick X 7-1/4” wide X ALL 16’ Long. Finger jointing is a woodworking joint made by cutting a set of complementary rectangular cuts in two pieces of wood, which are then glued, with a high quality PUR adhesive. To visualize a finger joint simply interlock the fingers of your hands at a ninety degree angle; hence the name “finger joint”. The “blocks” are recovered from trim backs (typically a very high quality waste product) from various parts of the production process of milling WRC into traditional products. The planks maintain the superior durability characteristics of Western Red Cedar and have the additional benefits of staying straight and flat, allowing for little or no warp in the material prior to installation.

CHARRED Finger Jointed Western Red Cedar — CHOCHOL, 4TH DIMENSION & BAUHAUS

reSAWN TIMBER co. brings our award-winning CHARRED technology to the engineered Western Red Cedar. Using our contemporary take on the ancient Japanese fire-burning technique of shou sugi ban, reSAWN’s charring process adds both performance and aesthetic characteristics to CHOCHOL, 4TH DIMENSION & BAUHAUS. The CHARRED designs are carefully charred, misted with water, cooled, brushed and then stained/sealed. The top coat sealer is applied prior to shipping (for exterior applications, we recommend sealing the back side as well as the face). The burning process accentuates the wood grain and joinery and creates varying colors when viewed from different angles and in different light.

non-CHARRED Finger Jointed Western Red Cedar — SALLE 41, DIAMANT, GRIS, MARE, NO. 609, VILLA SAVOYE, PABLO, & PRINCET

Our non-charred designs are designed to highlight the graphic interest of the wood grain and joinery of finger jointed Western Red Cedar through a variety of finishes. reSAWN offers SALLE 41, DIAMANT, GRIS, MARE, NO. 609, VILLA SAVOYE, PABLO, and PRINCET as a non-CHARRED way to capture a variety of different aesthetics from subtle white and gray tones to eye-catching bright colors.

All designs are standardly offered in Clear grade and can be treated to Class A Fire Rating for Interior Application. These products are appropriate for interior wall cladding — please call reSAWN to discuss using for exterior applications.

Madeleine Stockdale
reSAWN TIMBER co.
215 709 2001
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Source: EIN Presswire

How to Prevent Bullying & Mobbing in the Workplace

Stop corporate bullying

Stop corporate bullying

Workplace bullying book

Workplace bullying book

Impact of bullying at work statistics

Impact of bullying at work statistics

Workplace bullying survey

Workplace bullying survey

Have you tried to create a company culture that eliminates bullying? Read more to learn how you can teach employers to spread a healthy workplace environment!

Workplace bullying, encompasses a whole range of negative behaviors, instigated by either an individual or a group of employees against another employee.”

— Formaspace

AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES, July 10, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In a world that seems increasingly polarized, business owners and managers need to be alert to the threat of employee harassment in the forms of bullying and mobbing in the workplace.

What are bullying and mobbing? Is it the same thing as harassment?

Social interactions and the language we use to describe them keep changing over time.

If you were to take a poll 30 or 40 years ago asking people to provide a definition of the term bullying, most would describe something along the lines of an altercation on the playground at school – often leading to an uncomfortable visit to the principal’s office for a warning or threat of detention, followed by a strongly worded parent-teacher conference.

Bullying at Work: How to Confront and Overcome ItIn the 1980s, the late BBC journalist, Andrea Adams, host of the radio program An Abuse of Power, began an extensive campaign against the phenomenon of what she termed “workplace bullying” – a topic she wrote about extensively in her 1992 book Bullying at Work: How to Confront and Overcome It.

This expression, workplace bullying, encompasses a whole range of negative behaviors, instigated by either an individual or a group of employees against another employee.

Bullying in the workplace can lead to various forms of victimization, ranging from physical assault, verbal badgering (such as insulting remarks), emotional abuse, intimidation, aggression, psychological or sexual harassment, to negative social interactions, such as isolation, shunning or spreading false rumors to discredit an individual.

What about this term mobbing?

While workplace bullying or harassment is the predominant terms used in the U.S. and the U.K. to describe this type of malevolent behavior at work, another term for workplace bullying has emerged in other parts of the world — mobbing. It’s derived from the concept of mob rule, e.g. a crowd that engages in lawless, violent behavior directed against individual victims.

While the terms mobbing and bullying are generally considered equivalent, it’s more common to find the term mobbing used in scholarly works, government documents or among English-speakers outside the U.S. and the U.K. (particularly in Scandinavia and Australia, where there have been extensive campaigns to reduce workplace harassment.)

What are the ways bullying/mobbing negatively impact employee development?

Companies invest a lot of time and resources recruiting, hiring, and training their employees, so from a purely economic cost basis, any instance of workplace bullying can be costly — from losing a valued employee to defending a labor law legal challenge brought by a victim (more on these business impacts later).

But for the employees that get singled out for harassment, workplace bullying can be devastating — with consequences ranging from a serious disruption to their path up the career ladder to more serious psychological complications that can even affect their mental and physical health.

Signs of workplace bullying can range from absenteeism, lack of organizational commitment, anxiety, depression, job burnout, to varying degrees of psychological distress.

In fact, some researchers contend that in extreme cases, victims of workplace bullying can be as psychologically and physically debilitated as those who have been diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) — such as military veterans, or those who have survived acts of terrorism or severe natural disasters.

What are the risks to business that arise from bullying/mobbing in the workplace?

If you are a business owner or a manager, and you haven’t given much thought to what can happen when you allow cases of workplace bullying to persist in the office, consider some of these potential negative consequences for your company:

Bullying at work can diminish both individual employee and overall project performance:

Increased absenteeism of bullying victims

Less commitment from employees who sense a hostile work environment

Distraction to employees who ‘witness’ harassment, potentially leading to less focus on tasks / more mistakes and quality defects

Project delays caused by reduced motivation, increased absenteeism, and/or employee turnover

Bullying at work can significantly increase management costs:

Overall productivity decline due to perceived toxic work culture

Management time spent intervening in bullying cases not caught early

The expense of recruiting, training, and developing new employees to replace those lost to high turnover

Bullying at work can lead to a potentially severe negative impact on your customer reputation and/or leave you exposed to legal action:

Potentially tarnished company reputation in the marketplace

Negative impact on customer relationships

Cost of defending potential lawsuits brought on by bullying victims

How does workplace bullying come about and what can you do if you feel you are a victim of bullying?

1. Learn to recognize bullying behavior patterns and their underlying causes.
Are you being singled out by your peers and subjected to aggressive behavior by a colleague or manager?

Shouting, name-calling and derogatory comments are common signs of workplace bullying, particularly at a lower level or entry-level positions. As one advances up the career ladder, workplace bullying often takes the form of actions designed to block career advancement; examples of these range from exclusion from project assignments that would lead to higher-level responsibilities to cases of constructive dismissal (where levels of harassment at work become so unbearable that the employee is compelled to quit).

What are the reasons for this behavior? Psychologists believe that in many cases, the underlying cause for the bullying behavior is actually insecurity and jealousy on the part of the instigator, which in turn, causes them to try to achieve perverse satisfaction by tormenting, controlling, or blocking the success and career advancement of their targeted victims.

2. Decide if this is just an unpleasant work situation or a true case of workplace bullying.
How can you be sure you are a target of bullying?

Read more … https://formaspaceoffice.com/articles/operations-manager/prevent-bullying-mobbing-workplace/?utm_source=einpresswire&utm_medium=content&utm_campaign=article-020717

Brooke Turner
Formaspace
8002511505
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Source: EIN Presswire

Lockdowel Invents Simple, Fast Chair Assembly — See it at Lockdowel Booth 8073, IWF 2018 in Atlanta

New Lockdowel Slide-to-Lock Chair Assembly shows that complex furniture designs can flat-pack easily.

Lockdowel Slide-to-Lock Chair Assembly Requires No Screws, Cams or Glue – Assembled in a Minute

This is an incredible breakthrough for our simple assembly fastening technology! It shows how Lockdowel fastening can be implemented into complex furniture designs.”

— Fred Koelling, Lockdowel CEO and Co-founder

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, July 9, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Lockdowel Inc. announces their all new approach to simple, fast chair assembly – the Lockdowel Slide-to-Lock Chair fastener system. This is a unique Lockdowel product design incorporating standard Lockdowel EClips fasteners in a standard wood chair. No glue, tools, screws or cam locks are required to assemble the chair, and a chair designed using Lockdowel fasteners can be assembled in about one minute. The same chair utilizing conventional screws and bolts requires at least six minutes to assemble.

The new chair will be available to view at Lockdowel Booth 8073 at theInternational Woodworking Fair (IWF) 2018, August 22-24 in Atlanta.

“This is an incredible breakthrough for our simple assembly fastening technology,” Lockdowel CEO Fred Koelling says. “Besides giving the industry a stronger, easy-to-assemble chair, it shows how Lockdowel fastening can be implemented into complex furniture designs.”

According to industry experts, chairs make up 40% of the U.S. furniture market.Traditional chairs use 8-12 bolts, screws and glue that often come apart over time, but the Lockdowel chair uses slide-to-lock EClips fastening without bolts, screws or glue. “Chairs can now be shipped flat-pack for simple, fast assembly on site. And the chairs never come apart with vibration or wear,” Koelling says.

See how the new Lockdowel Slide-to Lock Chairs are assembled in these videos.

https://youtu.be/yPeYiy5bPLw

https://youtu.be/Zxr7nn1PKRU

The new Lockdowel Slide-to-Lock Chair and the company’s complete line of Simple Fastening Solutions will be available at the company’s booth #8073 during the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) August 22-24, 2018 in Atlanta.

About Lockdowel
Lockdowel provides simple manufacturing, assembly and installation solutions for cabinets, furniture, closets and architectural millwork. Patent pending. Lockdowel 41920 Christy Street Fremont, CA 94538, (650)477-711 www.lockdowel.com

Mary Lynn Heath
Lockdowel
405.641.9733
email us here

Lockdowel Slide-to-Lock Chair Assembly


Source: EIN Presswire

What Makes a Good Manufacturing Project Manager: The Do's and Don'ts

Formaspace project managers

Formaspace project managers

Formaspace production employees

Formaspace production employees

How crucial is your project manager to your business? Read about the activities of project management and how they can have a large impact on the company!

Successful project management depends on the many decisions a project manager makes. Among all of these decisions are a few key things that a project manager should do.”

— Formaspace

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, July 3, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Project managers are a key component of making a manufacturing facility successful. They can affect everything from production rates and the cost of manufacturing to ergonomics and safety.

Think about just a few of the activities that require a project manager:

Production of enterprise project orders
Installation of a new production line
Expansion of existing production lines
Replacement of an obsolete piece of equipment
Installation of a new piece of equipment
The list of possible manufacturing projects is endless. There is no limit to how small a project can be, nor how large – project managers handle them all.

What Does a Project Manager Do?

The Project Management Institute (PMI) says that project management is “the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.” Put simply; a project manager is responsible for the success or failure of a project. It clearly is a challenging role.

In large facilities, there may be several full-time project managers. In smaller facilities, people who also have other duties may manage projects. It doesn’t matter if it is a full-time job, or whether a project manager has been formally trained – a successful project manager must be skilled in many areas, including communication, organization, and people management.

Project managers communicate with everyone from shop floor operators all the way up to top management. They must manage their own staff along with outside contractors. And, they must do all of this while keeping the project on schedule and on budget.

Whether you are an experienced project manager or new to the role, here are some project management tips to help make your manufacturing projects successful.

The Dos of Project Management

Successful project management depends on the many decisions a project manager makes. Among all of these decisions are a few key things that a project manager should do.

Do have a schedule with milestones

One of the first things a project manager should do is develop a schedule. The schedule does not need to be complex, but it should include milestones. Each project is unique, but some typical milestones are:

The decision to pursue the project
Project approval
Contracts signed and orders placed
Construction
Commissioning
Beneficial operation

If there isn’t a milestone schedule, it is not possible to track progress and thereby ensure the project will be completed on time.

Do take the time to generate an accurate estimate

Companies expect project managers to complete their projects close to the approved budget. The only way a project manager can do that is to start with an accurate estimate. Remember that there is often more to a project than just the equipment cost. Don’t forget things like new utility requirements for the equipment, such as electricity and compressed air.

Do understand your resources

Successful project management depends on the input from many different people. Understand whose assistance you need, both inside and outside the company, and ensure they are available.

Do frequently communicate with stakeholders

Make sure to keep all of your stakeholders informed about the project status. This is especially true when problems arise. If someone doesn’t have all the facts, they will automatically assume the worst.

It is also important to identify all of your stakeholders. The list of stakeholders can be quite large. Remember the definition of a stakeholder – anyone with an interest in the project. Even the janitor is a stakeholder if your project affects how he does his job.

Do talk with people on the shop floor

The best source of information for a project manager is the people who will operate and maintain the equipment. They can help the project manager arrange for downtime to install equipment. They can be a knowledgeable contact for the contractor when issues arise. They can even find design problems that the project manager can communicate to the design engineers.

Do understand the project risks

Every project has risks. Spend an hour or two with your project team and brainstorm risks. What happens if the equipment is late? What happens if the equipment is damaged during shipping? What if the project is not finished on time? What if the supplier raises their prices?

After you identify your risks, rank them according to how likely they are to occur and how severe the consequences will be. This will help you understand the areas of greatest concern. And, don’t forget to come up with a plan to mitigate the risks.

Although project managers often concern themselves with negative risks, there can be positive risks as well. What happens if you find a better vendor? What happens if the project is finished early? Think about ways to make positive risks happen.

Look at your list of risks throughout the project. Add to the list as you identify new risks, and check off the risks that are no longer present. It has been said that a project manager’s job is to worry. Your risk log tells you what to worry about. Successful risk management is an important part of successful project management.

Do understand schedule and cost contingencies

How does a project manager handle risk? Usually, they do it with contingencies. Contingency is something that is set aside for unexpected events. For a schedule, it is extra time. For a cost, it is extra money.

A project manager should base the amount of contingency on the risks identified and their probability of happening. Contingency is not just an arbitrary amount, nor is it a “padding” of the estimate.

Do learn from the past

Every manufacturing project is unique, but that doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel. Take the time at the end of a project to discuss with the project team what went well, and what didn’t go so well. Document what you have learned. Then, before your next project, look back on the learning from past projects. Repeat the good things, and find a way to avoid the bad ones.

Do consider earning the PMP certification

By earning the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, a project manager demonstrates that they are competent to manage projects. The skills learned during the process of certification help project managers perform their role successfully.

The Don’ts of Project Management

A project manager must do many things. But, there are also some things that a good project manager should not do.

Brooke Turner
Formaspace
8002511505
email us here


Source: EIN Presswire

Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Market Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2018-2025

Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Market –Market Demand, Growth, Opportunities, Analysis of Top Key Players and Forecast to 2025

PUNE, INDIA, June 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Market 2018

Wiseguyreports.Com adds “Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Market –Market Demand, Growth, Opportunities, Analysis of Top Key Players and Forecast to 2025” To Its Research Database.

Report Details:

This report provides in depth study of “Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Market” using SWOT analysis i.e. Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threat to the organization. The Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Market report also provides an in-depth survey of key players in the market which is based on the various objectives of an organization such as profiling, the product outline, the quantity of production, required raw material, and the financial health of the organization.

This report studies the global Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures market status and forecast, categorizes the global Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures market size (value & volume) by key players, type, application, and region. This report focuses on the top players in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa.

The major manufacturers covered in this report
Bush Industries
Dorel Industries
IKEA
Sauder Woodworking
Target
Wal-Mart Stores
Artiva USA
Cost plus World Market
Cymax
DMI Furniture
Euro Style
Home Reserve
Simplicity Sofas
Tvilum

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Geographically, this report studies the key regions, focuses on product sales, value, market share and growth opportunity in these regions, covering
North America
Europe
Asia-Pacific
South America
Middle East & Africa

The regional scope of the study is as follows:
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Australia
Indonesia
Singapore
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Europe
Germany
France
UK
Italy
Spain
Russia
Rest of Europe
Central & South America
Brazil
Argentina
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
Turkey
Rest of Middle East & Africa

On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into
Desks
Chairs
Bookcases
Beds
Others 

On the basis of the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, consumption (sales), market share and growth rate for each application, including
Household
Office Work

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Major Key Points in Table of Content:

Global Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Market Research Report 2018
1 Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Market Overview
1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures
1.2 Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Segment by Type (Product Category)
1.2.1 Global Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Production and CAGR (%) Comparison by Type (Product Category)(2013-2025)
1.2.2 Global Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Production Market Share by Type (Product Category) in 2017
1.2.3 Desks
1.2.4 Chairs
1.2.5 Bookcases
1.2.6 Beds
1.2.7 Others
1.3 Global Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Segment by Application
1.3.1 Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Consumption (Sales) Comparison by Application (2013-2025)
1.3.2 Household
1.3.3 Office Work
1.4 Global Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Market by Region (2013-2025)
1.4.1 Global Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Market Size (Value) and CAGR (%) Comparison by Region (2013-2025)
1.4.2 North America Status and Prospect (2013-2025)
1.4.3 Europe Status and Prospect (2013-2025)
1.4.4 Asia-Pacific Status and Prospect (2013-2025)
1.4.5 South America Status and Prospect (2013-2025)
1.4.6 Middle East & Africa Status and Prospect (2013-2025)
1.5 Global Market Size (Value) of Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures (2013-2025)
1.5.1 Global Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Revenue Status and Outlook (2013-2025)
1.5.2 Global Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Capacity, Production Status and Outlook (2013-2025)

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7 Global Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Manufacturers Profiles/Analysis
7.1 Bush Industries
7.1.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors
7.1.2 Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Product Category, Application and Specification
7.1.2.1 Product A
7.1.2.2 Product B
7.1.3 Bush Industries Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2013-2018)
7.1.4 Main Business/Business Overview
7.2 Dorel Industries
7.2.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors
7.2.2 Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Product Category, Application and Specification
7.2.2.1 Product A
7.2.2.2 Product B
7.2.3 Dorel Industries Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2013-2018)
7.2.4 Main Business/Business Overview
7.3 IKEA
7.3.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors
7.3.2 Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Product Category, Application and Specification
7.3.2.1 Product A
7.3.2.2 Product B
7.3.3 IKEA Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2013-2018)
7.3.4 Main Business/Business Overview
7.4 Sauder Woodworking
7.4.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors
7.4.2 Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Product Category, Application and Specification
7.4.2.1 Product A
7.4.2.2 Product B
7.4.3 Sauder Woodworking Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2013-2018)
7.4.4 Main Business/Business Overview
7.5 Target
7.5.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors
7.5.2 Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Product Category, Application and Specification
7.5.2.1 Product A
7.5.2.2 Product B
7.5.3 Target Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2013-2018)
7.5.4 Main Business/Business Overview
7.6 Wal-Mart Stores
7.6.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors
7.6.2 Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Product Category, Application and Specification
7.6.2.1 Product A
7.6.2.2 Product B
7.6.3 Wal-Mart Stores Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2013-2018)
7.6.4 Main Business/Business Overview
7.7 Artiva USA
7.7.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors
7.7.2 Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Product Category, Application and Specification
7.7.2.1 Product A
7.7.2.2 Product B
7.7.3 Artiva USA Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2013-2018)
7.7.4 Main Business/Business Overview
7.8 Cost plus World Market
7.8.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors
7.8.2 Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Product Category, Application and Specification
7.8.2.1 Product A
7.8.2.2 Product B
7.8.3 Cost plus World Market Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2013-2018)
7.8.4 Main Business/Business Overview
7.9 Cymax
7.9.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors
7.9.2 Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Product Category, Application and Specification
7.9.2.1 Product A
7.9.2.2 Product B
7.9.3 Cymax Ready-to-Assemble Furnitures Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2013-2018)
7.9.4 Main Business/Business Overview
7.10 DMI Furniture 

Continued….

Norah Trent
wiseguyreports
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New Office Furniture Showroom Opens in Canberra

Aspect Furniture are pleased to open our latest showroom in Kingston, ACT

CANBERRA, ACT, AUSTRALIA, June 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Aspect Furniture are pleased to invite their clients and friends to the opening of our very first ACT showroom in Kingston. Our showroom has a full display of our ranges covering workstations, collaborative furniture, seating & loose furniture.

Location: 82 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston ACT 2604
Opening Week: 8:30am to 6:00pm
Dates: Monday 2nd to Friday 6th July
RSVP: Grant Kennerley
Phone: 02 6262 8822
Email: grant@aspectfurniture.com

Come and be tempted not only by the furniture design but enjoy the subtle tastes and textures, tempting treats and gourmet delights by Pialligo Estate. Utilising ingredients from their award-winning smokehouse and farm produce, Pialligo tap into a wealth of culinary techniques to deliver quality cuisine. All dietry requirements will be catered for.

For anyone that would like to attend a viewing of the space, and meet the team please call today!

Grant Kennerley
Aspect Furniture Pty
1800696334
email us here


Source: EIN Presswire

Folding Furniture Market 2018 Industry Growth, Share, Trends, Demand, Analysis and Forecast to 2025

PUNE, INDIA, June 29, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the Folding Furniture industry market by types, applications, players and regions. This report also displays the 2013-2023 production, Consumption, revenue, Gross margin, Cost, Gross, market share, CAGR, and Market influencing factors of the Folding Furniture industry in USA, EU, China, India, Japan and other regions

Market Analysis by Players: This report includes following top vendors in terms of company basic information, product category, sales (volume), revenue (Million USD), price and gross margin (%).
Ikea
Leggett & Platt
Dorel Industries
Hussey Seating
Lifetime Products
La-Z-Boy
Ki
Haworth
Quanyou
Meco Corporation
Bbmg Tiantan Furniture
Flexsteel Industries
Ruku Klappmobel
Maxchief Europe
Sauder Woodworking
Qumei

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Market Analysis by Regions: Each geographical region is analyzed as Sales, Market Share (%) by Types & Applications, Production, Consumption, Imports & Exports Analysis, and Consumption Forecast.
USA
Europe
Japan
China
India
Southeast Asia
South America
South Africa
Others

Market Analysis by Types: Each type is studied as Sales, Market Share (%), Revenue (Million USD), Price, Gross Margin and more similar information.
Chairs
Tables
Sofas
Beds
Other

Market Analysis by Applications: Each application is studied as Sales and Market Share (%), Revenue (Million USD), Price, Gross Margin and more similar information.
Residential
Commercial

Table of Content

1 Folding Furniture Market Overview
1.1 Product Overview of Folding Furniture
1.2 Classification of Folding Furniture
1.2.1 Type 1
1.2.2 Type 2
1.2.3 Type 3
1.2.4 Type 4
1.3 Applications of Folding Furniture
1.3.1 Application 1
1.3.2 Application 2
1.3.3 Application 3
1.3.4 Application 4
1.4 Global Folding Furniture Market Regional Analysis
1.4.1 USA Market Present Situation Analysis
1.4.2 Europe Market Present Situation Analysis
1.4.3 Japan Market Present Situation Analysis
1.4.4 China Market Present Situation Analysis
1.4.5 India Market Present Situation Analysis
1.4.6 Southeast Asia Market Present Situation Analysis
1.4.7 South America Market Present Situation Analysis
1.4.8 South Africa Market Present Situation Analysis
1.5 Folding Furniture Industry Development Factors Analysis
1.5.1 Folding Furniture Industry Development Opportunities Analysis
1.5.2 Folding Furniture Industry Development Challenges Analysis
1.6 Folding Furniture Consumer Behavior Analysis

2 Global Folding Furniture Competitions by Players
2.1 Global Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Players
2.2 Global Folding Furniture Revenue (Million USD) and Share by Players (2017-2018)
2.3 Global Folding Furniture Price (USD/Unit) by Players (2017-2018)
2.4 Global Folding Furniture Gross Margin by Players (2017-2018)

3 Global Folding Furniture Competitions by Types
3.1 Global Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Types
3.2 Global Folding Furniture Revenue (Million USD) and Share by Type (2013-2018)
3.3 Global Folding Furniture Price (USD/Unit) by Type (2013-2018)
3.4 Global Folding Furniture Gross Margin by Type (2013-2018)
3.5 USA Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.6 China Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.7 Europe Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.8 Japan Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.9 India Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.10 Southeast Asia Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.11 South America Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.12 South Africa Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Type

4 Global Folding Furniture Competitions by Applications
4.1 Global Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications
4.2 Global Folding Furniture Revenue (Million USD) and Share by Applications (2013-2018)
4.3 Global Folding Furniture Price (USD/Unit) by Applications (2013-2018)
4.4 Global Folding Furniture Gross Margin by Applications (2013-2018)
4.5 USA Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications
4.6 China Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications
4.7 Europe Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications
4.8 Japan Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications
4.9 India Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications
4.10 Southeast Asia Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications
4.11 South America Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications
4.12 South Africa Folding Furniture Sales (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Applications

5 Global Folding Furniture Production Market Analysis by Regions
5.1 Global Folding Furniture Production (Unit) and Market Share (%) by Regions
5.1.1 USA Folding Furniture Market Production Present Situation Analysis
5.1.2 Europe Folding Furniture Market Production Present Situation Analysis
5.1.3 China Folding Furniture Market Production Present Situation Analysis
5.1.4 Japan Folding Furniture Market Production Present Situation Analysis
5.1.5 India Folding Furniture Market Production Present Situation Analysis
5.1.6 Southeast Asia Folding Furniture Market Production Present Situation Analysis
5.1.7 South America Folding Furniture Market Production Present Situation Analysis
5.1.8 South Africa Folding Furniture Market Production Present Situation Analysis
5.2 Global Folding Furniture Production Value (Million USD) and Share by Region (2013-2018)
5.3 Global Folding Furniture Price (USD/Unit) by Region (2013-2018)
5.4 Global Folding Furniture Gross Margin by Region (2013-2018)

6 Global Folding Furniture Sales Market Analysis by Region
6.1 USA Folding Furniture Market Consumption Present Situation Analysis
6.2 Europe Folding Furniture Market Consumption Present Situation Analysis
6.3 China Folding Furniture Market Consumption Present Situation Analysis
6.4 Japan Folding Furniture Market Consumption Present Situation Analysis
6.5 India Folding Furniture Market Consumption Present Situation Analysis
6.6 Southeast Asia Folding Furniture Market Consumption Present Situation Analysis
6.7 South America Folding Furniture Market Consumption Present Situation Analysis
6.8 South Africa Folding Furniture Market Consumption Present Situation Analysis

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Why Laboratory Science Market is Good Business for Architectural Firms

Laboratory with Phenolic Top

Laboratory with Phenolic Top

Kimball Hall Payette

Kimball Hall Payette

Why is the laboratory science market good business for architectural firms? Read about how architectural firms play a big role in laboratory design!

Many sensitive scientific lab experiments or industrial processes have very specific requirements limiting the amount of air-borne particulates that can be present.”

— Formaspace

AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES, June 26, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — If you are an interior architect, you might have dismissed the niche laboratory design market as overly technical and inherently less interesting than working on projects of similar magnitude in the fields of residential or office design.

You Think Laboratory Design is Too Boring? Too Technical? Too Dull?

You might want to think twice before making these kinds of assertions about today’s laboratory design projects.

Stunning designs like the new JLABS facility at the Texas Medical Center in Houston will challenge any stereotypes you may still hold that laboratory design projects are inherently uninteresting, dull or boring.

San Francisco-based architectural giant Gensler partnered with the Houston-based PhiloWilke Partnership to design the new Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JLABS) life science incubator at the Texas Medical Center. Gensler was responsible for the interior design, while PhiloWilke designed the laboratory spaces.

The JLABS project is not just a one-off example. The world of laboratory design is really reaching new heights. To illustrate the point, we turn to R&D Magazine and their annual laboratory design awards.

The R&D Magazine 2016 Lab of the Year award went to the Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) facility at the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus. Designed by Omaha-based national firm Smithgroup JJR, the ECE has outstanding energy savings characteristics and expects to achieve a Net Zero Energy rating as well as LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Not all lab design projects are new construction; renovations are common in this market sector. An excellent example is R&D Magazine’s recipient for Renovated Laboratory of the Year: a major lab project at Cornell University, designed by the Boston-based architecture firm Payette.

Rounding out this year’s R&D Magazine awards is their Special Recognition for Design, which went to a new patient facility at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, designed by Omaha-based HDR, an architecture and engineering firm with over 10,000 employees worldwide.

The Laboratory Science Market is Good Business for Architectural Firms

While there are relatively few firms nationwide that offer laboratory design services, those that do are part of a multi-million dollar market. As an example, Clark Nexsen, a national architectural firm with locations that include Austin, Raleigh and Richmond, VA, announced that they reached a milestone of projects totaling more than 20 million square feet of work in the broader scientific and technology market space (including tech education facilities).

Other architecture design firms that are punching above their weight in the laboratory science field include:

The Cooper Carry’s Science + Technology studio (offices in Atlanta, Wash. DC and New York City) which designed the Emory University Atwood Chemistry Building and Addition in Atlanta.

CRB, the global consulting, design and construction services firm, which designed the Andover Clinical Manufacturing Facility for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.

Houston-based EnergyArchitecture, which has designed laboratory testing facilities around the world for the energy market.

Svigals + Partners Architects, based in New Haven Connecticut, designers of the new Yale University Integrated Science Technology Center.

What’s Stopping You from Taking a Dive into Laboratory Design?

Have these examples whetted your appetite for pursuing laboratory design projects?

Perhaps you’re interested but concerned that it’s a step too far into the unknown.

Now might be a good time to quantify what’s similar and what’s different about the discipline of laboratory design compared to other fields of architectural practice.

Fortunately for those making a transition into laboratory design, quite a few key project management and design programming skills needed for major projects are the same, whether the end product is a bank, a holiday resort, an apartment complex, a renovated mix-use historical train station, or a new research laboratory facility.

Project Success Characteristics Shared between Laboratory and Other Projects

Understanding the needs of the client

Developing effective project programming

Ability to manage major clients in the corporate, education, government or military arena

Partnering with engineering and construction firms

Managing and delivering major projects on time and on budget

Developing sustainable designs (e.g. LEED certification, energy reduction)

Sourcing reliable vendors for specialty applications (such as contract furniture manufacturers, like Formaspace)

How is Laboratory Design Different?

Now let’s take a moment to consider how laboratory design is different from other fields of architectural practice.

At the 10,000 foot level, what’s the main difference?

Debbie Zack
Formaspace
8002511505
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Gensler – JLABS @ TMC


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Home Decor Market 2018- Global Industry Analysis, By Key Players, Segmentation, Trends And Forecast By 2025

Home Decor – Global Market Demand, Growth, Opportunities, Manufacturers, Analysis of Top Key Players and Forecast to 2025

PUNE, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA, June 21, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Home Decor Market 2018    

Wiseguyreports.Com Adds “Home Decor – Global Market Demand, Growth, Opportunities, Manufacturers, Analysis of Top Key Players and Forecast to 2025” To Its Research Database.

Description: 

This report studies the global Home Decor market status and forecast, categorizes the global Home Decor market size (value & volume) by key players, type, application, and region. This report focuses on the top players in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Middle East & Africa.

Home decor market is witnessing a robust growth all over the world. Items like furniture, floor covering and textiles are important components of home decor. Due to the rapid growth of the real estate industry the home decor market is growing at a steady pace. Also, factors such as globalization have facilitated the easier and variety of choices in home decor products and designs for the consumers. 
The home furniture segment is expected to reach a value of nearly US$ 202,900 Mn in the year 2025. 
The global Home Decor market is valued at xx million US$ in 2017 and will reach xx million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of xx% during 2018-2025.

The major manufacturers covered in this report 
Ikea 
Philips 
Suofeiya Home Collection 
Springs Window Fashions 
Zepter 
Conair 
Siemens 
Hanssem 
Samson 
Oneida

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North America 
Europe 
China 
Japan 
Southeast Asia 
India

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United States 
Canada 
Mexico 
Asia-Pacific 
China 
India 
Japan 
South Korea 
Australia 
Indonesia 
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Rest of Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Germany 
France 
UK 
Italy 
Spain 
Russia 
Rest of Europe 
Central & South America 
Brazil 
Argentina 
Rest of South America 
Middle East & Africa 
Saudi Arabia 
Turkey 
Rest of Middle East & Africa

On the basis of product, this report displays the production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into 
Home Furniture 
Rugs 
Bath Textiles 
Bed Textiles 
Kitchen and Dining Textiles 
Tiles 
Wood & Laminate Flooring 
Vinyl & Rubber Flooring 
Lighting 
Others 
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Outdoor 
Others

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Global Home Decor Market Research Report 2018 
1 Home Decor Market Overview 
1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Home Decor 
1.2 Home Decor Segment by Type (Product Category) 
1.2.1 Global Home Decor Production and CAGR (%) Comparison by Type (Product Category)(2013-2025) 
1.2.2 Global Home Decor Production Market Share by Type (Product Category) in 2017 
1.2.3 Home Furniture 
1.2.4 Rugs 
1.2.5 Bath Textiles 
1.2.6 Bed Textiles 
1.2.7 Kitchen and Dining Textiles 
1.2.8 Tiles 
1.2.9 Wood & Laminate Flooring 
1.2.10 Vinyl & Rubber Flooring 
1.2.11 Lighting 
1.2.12 Others 
1.3 Global Home Decor Segment by Application 
1.3.1 Home Decor Consumption (Sales) Comparison by Application (2013-2025) 
1.3.2 Indoor 
1.3.3 Outdoor 
1.3.4 Others 
1.4 Global Home Decor Market by Region (2013-2025) 
1.4.1 Global Home Decor Market Size (Value) and CAGR (%) Comparison by Region (2013-2025) 
1.4.2 North America Status and Prospect (2013-2025) 
1.4.3 Europe Status and Prospect (2013-2025) 
1.4.4 China Status and Prospect (2013-2025) 
1.4.5 Japan Status and Prospect (2013-2025) 
1.4.6 Southeast Asia Status and Prospect (2013-2025) 
1.4.7 India Status and Prospect (2013-2025) 
1.5 Global Market Size (Value) of Home Decor (2013-2025) 
1.5.1 Global Home Decor Revenue Status and Outlook (2013-2025) 
1.5.2 Global Home Decor Capacity, Production Status and Outlook (2013-2025)

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7 Global Home Decor Manufacturers Profiles/Analysis 
7.1 Ikea 
7.1.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors 
7.1.2 Home Decor Product Category, Application and Specification 
7.1.2.1 Product A 
7.1.2.2 Product B 
7.1.3 Ikea Home Decor Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2013-2018) 
7.1.4 Main Business/Business Overview 
7.2 Philips 
7.2.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors 
7.2.2 Home Decor Product Category, Application and Specification 
7.2.2.1 Product A 
7.2.2.2 Product B 
7.2.3 Philips Home Decor Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2013-2018) 
7.2.4 Main Business/Business Overview 
7.3 Suofeiya Home Collection 
7.3.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors 
7.3.2 Home Decor Product Category, Application and Specification 
7.3.2.1 Product A 
7.3.2.2 Product B 
7.3.3 Suofeiya Home Collection Home Decor Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2013-2018) 
7.3.4 Main Business/Business Overview 
7.4 Springs Window Fashions 
7.4.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors 
7.4.2 Home Decor Product Category, Application and Specification 
7.4.2.1 Product A 
7.4.2.2 Product B 
7.4.3 Springs Window Fashions Home Decor Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2013-2018) 
7.4.4 Main Business/Business Overview 
7.5 Zepter 
7.5.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors 
7.5.2 Home Decor Product Category, Application and Specification 
7.5.2.1 Product A 
7.5.2.2 Product B 
7.5.3 Zepter Home Decor Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015-2018) 
7.5.4 Main Business/Business Overview 
7.6 Conair 
7.6.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors 
7.6.2 Home Decor Product Category, Application and Specification 
7.6.2.1 Product A 
7.6.2.2 Product B 
7.6.3 Conair Home Decor Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2013-2018) 
7.6.4 Main Business/Business Overview 
7.7 Siemens 
7.7.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors 
7.7.2 Home Decor Product Category, Application and Specification 
7.7.2.1 Product A 
7.7.2.2 Product B 
7.7.3 Siemens Home Decor Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2013-2018) 
7.7.4 Main Business/Business Overview 
7.8 Hanssem 
7.8.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base, Sales Area and Its Competitors 
7.8.2 Home Decor Product Category, Application and Specification 
7.8.2.1 Product A 
7.8.2.2 Product B 
7.8.3 Hanssem Home Decor Capacity, Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2013-2018) 
7.8.4 Main Business/Business Overview 
7.9 Samson 
7.10 Oneida

Continued…..

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How to Select the Location of Your New Manufacturing Plant

Map of Manufacturing Plant

Map of Manufacturing Plant

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Looking for a location for your new manufacturing plant? Read about these 5 relocation factors that have a direct impact on employees and corporate tax rates.

For each candidate location, it’s crucial to calculate the total impact of local, state, and national taxes, including property-based taxes.”

— Formaspace

AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES, June 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Determining where to locate your next manufacturing plant can be a difficult decision, and it’s one that requires significant due diligence. We take a comprehensive look at the key factors — from the availability of skilled workers to effective corporate tax rates and quality of life issues — that can make your manufacturing relocation plan a success.

First, a quick disclaimer: as well all know, no two manufacturing operations are alike. For example, the needs of a specialized, R&D-driven medical devices company will be different from a price-sensitive, mass-market consumer goods operation. Likewise, an OEM electronics component supplier whose output delivery needs to be timed to the minute to satisfy a major automotive manufacturing plant will have different location requirements than a manufacturer processing raw materials sourced from a mining operation in Wyoming.

In other words, even though we’re presenting a comprehensive framework of manufacturing relocation factors, we hope it’s obvious that the importance of any one factor will be determined by the specific needs of your organization! Having said that, let’s take a look at hard costs first, followed by indirect, soft costs. Then we’ll look at some future trends to consider when weighing a manufacturing relocation decision, followed by a short list of some of the leading low-cost domestic and foreign locations. Finally, we’ll take stock of the pros and cons that could influence your own decision.

Manufacturing Relocation: Direct Hard Cost Factors to Consider

In this section, we’ll look at five relocation factors that can have a direct, measurable impact on the bottom line.

1. Supply Chain Infrastructure / Logistics and Access to Customer Markets

Does the candidate location bring you closer to your customer markets? Moving your manufacturing plant closer to your customers can help you increase profits or build up market share by speeding up delivery times, reducing inventory, and cutting costs.

Can you build an efficient, end-to-end supply chain in the candidate city, or will delivery of some components or raw materials be compromised by long distances or unreliable connections? Will weather conditions create unacceptable delays during part of the year?

We recommend performing a complete review of the region’s infrastructure, e.g. deepwater ports, freight rail access, trucking and highway connections, international airports, expediting and transshipment services, as well as Internet, communication, power and water utilities to determine if they are reliable and efficient enough to meet your specific needs.

2. Effective Corporate Tax Rates and Incentives

For each candidate location, it’s crucial to calculate the total impact of local, state, and national taxes, including property-based taxes. Quite a few jurisdictions offer tax breaks and rebates to companies in exchange for activities that benefit their community, such as renovating existing facilities or remediating brown-field sites, investing in targeted industries that create new jobs or conducting research and development activities.

(If your customer includes the Federal Government, don’t overlook preferential contract treatment set-asides — through the HUBZone program, for example — for companies headquartered in historically low-income census tracts.)

It’s also becoming more common for major companies, such as Boeing or Amazon, to conduct highly-publicized campaigns when choosing the location of a new facility. Many cities, regions, and states are willing to negotiate multi-year tax incentives or abatements in exchange for creating new jobs or locating facilities in their jurisdictions. Incentives may be available at the country level as well; for example, France has become notably more aggressive in courting tech-oriented companies.

3. Tax Domiciles, Exchange Rates and Economic Conditions

While smaller manufacturing companies are likely to keep things simple by limiting themselves to domestic operations, large corporations, such as Apple and Nike, have recently been thrust into the news as details of their highly complex tax domicile and ownership structures have been leaked to the press.

That’s quite a bit beyond our remit to provide that level of corporate advice*, as we’d rather stick to much more transparent considerations, such as exchange rates and general economic conditions. With respect to exchange rates, quite a few multi-national companies find it advantageous to hedge against dramatic shifts in exchange rates by having multiple manufacturing bases around the world. When one currency goes up, production can shift to a location with a more favorable exchange rate. And countries with long-term economic growth (and rising consumer incomes) obviously make better candidates for locating consumer goods manufacturing plants — unless your goal is to export 100% of the goods from countries with very low, depressed wages.

*We do note that proposed changes to the US Corporate tax code now before Congress (as of late November 2017) are worth careful monitoring as potential changes to the tax code may encourage US companies to repatriate their foreign-earned profits back to the USA.

4. Business Regulatory Regimes and Customs/Trade Agreements

Substantial trade agreements (such as NAFTA in North America), customs unions (such as the European Union), and special economic zones (such as China’s Shenzhen, the city immediately north of Hong Kong) have helped create regional manufacturing zones, where goods in process (as well as completed goods) can travel across country borders with minimal delays or customs duties. Harmonizing regulations across borders has also reduced non-tariff-based trade barriers. This combination has led to the development of highly-sophisticated manufactured goods supply chains; for example, oftentimes the individual components of automobiles produced North America make multiple trips across the Mexican, US, and Canadian borders before final assembly.

There are also new agreements are on the horizon that may impact manufacturing relocation decisions as well, such as the revived negotiations for a pan-Pacific trade agreement (once known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership) that will stretch from Canada to Chile, to New Zealand and Australia, to Japan and, potentially, Korea. (The US has opted out, and China has yet to be invited.

On the one hand, so important are the ramifications of major trade agreements and customs unions, such as NAFTA and the EU, that they can be considered in some cases to be the sole determining factor when deciding where to locate a new manufacturing plant. On the other hand, these agreements can be politically controversial: witness the UK’s vote to leave the EU over issues such as free movement of people — despite repeated warnings from companies, such as Honda and Airbus, that a ‘hard’ Brexit would put their UK manufacturing operations at risk. Similarly, many American workers have come to resent NAFTA, for whom the agreement represents nothing more than jobs shifting to Mexico. However, changes to the NAFTA agreement recently proposed by the US trade representatives may prove just as disruptive to workers in the Detroit automobile industry as it will to mid-west farmers who depend upon grain sales to Mexico.

The bottom line: when choosing a manufacturing location, have your eyes wide open to potential treaty and regulatory regime changes that may be on the horizon. Carefully investigate business regulations, permitting times (maddeningly long in Brazil and Greece), environmental regulations, and labor rules that would apply in your proposed new location. For example, European Union rules governing environmental pollution (such as the elimination of lead in manufacturing processes) and greenhouse gas reduction can be surprisingly strict, as can requirements for compensation and notice due to workers facing potential layoffs.

5. Business Operating Costs

Performing due diligence on direct business operating costs is next. You’ll want to collect data on these areas:

Facility / Real Estate Costs
What is the market for purchasing or leasing real estate? Will it be more advantageous to build or rent a new facility or renovate an existing one? Can you get an option for potential expansion? What are the tax implications (mentioned above) for owned property, including tools and inventory?

Utility Costs
Is the country self-sufficient in energy or could its supplies be disrupted by an energy boycott or cutoff? Are the utility costs favorable and services reliable? Will you need to budget for more than just emergency backup generators? Industries with high energy demands, such as data centers or aluminum alloy manufacturers, tend to gravitate to locations with low-cost energy resources, such as hydroelectric power.

Labor Unions and Wage Costs
What is the availability of skilled workers required for your manufacturing plant? What are the current local wage rates and minimum wage standards? Are there local training centers that graduate workers with the skills you need, or will you need to invest in training programs or pay to relocate staff? Are most manufacturing plants unionized in this location? Does the location have open or closed shop union regulations? How would you characterize the labor union’s relationship with local industry?

Employee Benefits such as Healthcare, Pensions, Unemployment, Insurance
What are the customary employee benefits in this location?

For example, will defined-benefit retirement plans (e.g. traditional pensions) or defined-contribution retirement plans (e.g. 401K) planned-benefit pensions be required as part of the compensation package?

What about employer-provided healthcare plans? Keep in mind that outside the USA most healthcare plans do not require employer contributions, these are provided either by direct insurance plans paid directly by individuals or funded by the government directly.

Is the employer responsible for paying unemployment, occupational accident or life insurance policy premiums in the proposed location? While these are benefits typically offered by American companies, this can vary worldwide.

Manufacturing Relocation: Indirect and Soft Cost Factors to Consider

Now let’s take stock of some of the indirect factors that you should consider when undertaking a manufacturing plant location analysis.

1. Network Effect / Industry Clusters / Talent and Knowledge Base

Historically, many industries tend to cluster in certain geographic areas. Examples of this include the auto and truck industry in Detroit, computers, and software in Silicon Valley, pharmaceuticals in New Jersey, entertainment and media in Los Angeles, and finance in New York City or London. If there is such a cluster of industry in your sector, you should weigh potential pros and cons of the “network effect” that comes from being located near your competitors. When a region is known for a particular industry segment, it can attract talent and support institutional “know-how” that takes many beneficial forms, from informal industry contacts to educational programs in area schools and universities. It could also lead to job poaching or worse, such as compromising industrial secrets, which may lead you to decide to avoid being located anywhere near a competitor!

2. Business Transparency and Criminal Activity

As Americans, we tend to think of successful business transactions in terms of offering the best deal, the best product, the best service. As such, the idea that you have to pay a bribe to a potential customer or an official to secure a deal, or obtain a license or agreement doesn’t happen that often (not the least of which because it’s illegal this country). However, this level of business transaction transparency is not universal around the world. Paying money to customers, government officials, and organized crime figures can be commonplace in some parts of the world, which in turn, can pose problems for Americans who want to avoid these practices and also avoid violating American law. The stakes can be even higher. Criminal activities can be life-threatening in countries such as Mexico, Honduras, or El Salvador, where kidnapping company officials (or their spouses or children) for exorbitant ransoms are not unheard of. In these regions, hiring bodyguard protection and the use of secure, armored vehicles are considered a good investment.

3. Cost of Living for Employees

Can your employees afford to live well in the proposed location or will high or rising costs drive up wage costs? Take a look at housing affordability, the effective income tax rates (for national, state, and city taxes, if applicable) as well a property taxes.

Is there a way for employees to get to work efficiently, such as via a cost-effective public transportation system? Will they spend hours commuting to work — either because the road/transit system is poor and overcrowded or the commute distance between the manufacturing plant and affordable housing is too far?

4. Quality of Life Consideration

Health and Safety

What’s the homicide rate? How many deaths occur on the highway due to accidents? Are there drug and crime epidemics in the region? Do the area’s hospitals and doctors provide sufficient preventative and emergency care?

Educational Institutions

Are the public schools high quality, or will it be necessary for employees to educate their children privately, for example, at expensive, English-language international schools?

Are there institutions of higher learning that can attract candidates and provide a source of skilled, creative employees?

Cultural Institutions, Language, Religious Worship

Does the city offer museums, symphonies, theater and other enriching cultural institutions? Will company executives and family members need to learn a foreign language? Does the city or state allow for freedom of assembly and religious worship?

Diversity and Inclusion

Are the city and its workforce culturally and racially diverse? If located abroad, are there equal opportunities for women, or will female managers or expat family members find themselves excluded from many aspects of daily work and home life? Will LGBT employees and expat family members be accepted or discriminated against?

Recreation and Leisure

Are there amateur or professional sports teams in the city or region?

Debbie Zack
Formaspace
8002511505
email us here

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