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China's Cost Advantage Just Six Percent Over the U.S.

Thursday, May 28, 2009
According to a study just released by consulting firm AlixPartners, China’s total manufacturing costs are now just six percent below those of U.S. factories. The firm’s Manufacturing-Outsourcing Cost Index analyzed the total costs for manufacturing an array of manufactured components and assemblies, such as small motors and die castings, in China, India, Brazil, Mexico and the United States. It tracked costs over a 3-yr. span for labor, overhead, transportation, and raw materials, and also accounted for changing exchange rates. The index showed major shifts in costs over the last 6 months that pushed China down the rankings. The new low-cost provider: Mexico, followed by India and then China.

Manchester Tool & Die Takes on
Tube-Forming Equipment Line

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Aristo Machines, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, has partnered with Manchester Tool & Die, Inc. (MTD), North Manchester, IN, to allow MTD to manufacture, install and provide customer support for Aristo’s line of tube end-forming equipment. Aristo supplies the automotive and truck market, as well as the construction, HVAC, plumbing and other markets; MTD is online at

Vacuum-Technology Company Schmalz
Moves into NC Headquarters

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
German-based Schmalz Inc. has moved into its new 20,000-sq.-ft. U.S. headquarters building in Raleigh, NC. The company manufactures vacuum automation components and gripping systems, as swell as vacuum handling and clamping systems;


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