Manufacturers Continue to Report High Levels of Supply Chain Risk

More than one-third N. American manufacturers in MFGWatch survey reported significant supply chain disruptions in past three months; fewer than expected jobs added


Atlanta — January 28, 2010 — For the second straight quarter, more than one-third of North American manufacturers responding to MFG.com's MFGWatch survey say they've experienced a significant supply chain disruption in the past three months.

Also, expectations for excess capacity and employment growth expressed last quarter did not fully materialize. In October 2009, 62 percent responded that they expected to maintain the capacity of their plants in the coming quarter — but only 34 percent said they had in the most recent survey. As for employment, 13 percent of manufacturers stated in October that they anticipated staff reductions, but 38 percent actually reduced staff.