NEW Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Likely to Bring Production and Sourcing Back to North America Post-Coronavirus

NEW YORK–()–Thomas, the leader in product sourcing, supplier selection, and marketing solutions for industry, today released a follow-up survey reporting on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting U.S. manufacturing. The survey is the second phase of Thomas’ February 2020 survey which examined over 1,000 North American manufacturing and industrial suppliers to determine the current impact and learn more about the solutions companies are implementing to meet surging sourcing demands.

A key finding in the new survey shows that over half of manufacturers are ‘likely to extremely likely’ to bring production and sourcing back to North America. Additionally, 47% of U.S manufacturers report they are now seeking domestic sources of supply.

“It’s encouraging to see that many North American companies are forging ahead and seeking solutions including turning toward domestic sources of supply, a trend which will help shape the next wave of manufacturing,” said Tony Uphoff, the president and CEO of Thomas.

Additional new findings include:

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The study was conducted online using Qualtrics. As a follow up to the February 2020 survey, the March 2020 survey polled over 1,073 North American suppliers with revenues spanning from less than 4.9 million to over $500 million. To get a copy of the Thomas Industrial Survey: Coronavirus’ Impact on North American Manufacturers, click here.

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