Thomas released a survey reporting on the impact of COVID-19 on US manufacturing and industry. The survey quizzed more than 1,000 North American manufacturers and industrial suppliers to find out how they have been affected by the global pandemic. The survey also looked at trends in a post-pandemic world.
Both reshoring and the deployment of automation have become more interesting to respondents. The survey reveals that 64% of manufacturers say they are likely to bring manufacturing production and sourcing back to North America, which is a 10% increase from the same sentiment reported in Thomas’ March survey of manufacturers. Another key finding shows that 25% of US manufacturers are considering expanding industrial automation as a result of COVID-19.