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Top Manufacturing Stories of 2021

Posted by IndustryNet on Tuesday, December 28, 2021


2021 was an unprecedented and transformative year for manufacturers. Industrial activity hit unprecedented highs as companies scrambled to meet surging orders amid a scarcity of labor and growing materials shortages. As supply chain crisis disruptions worsened throughout 2021, IndustryNet’s most popular stories of 2021 reflected widespread concern over materials shortages and prices, while manufacturers also kept an eye on many initiatives rolled out by the Biden administration in an effort to strengthen the sector.

Today, we’ll take a look back at the most popular manufacturing stories of 2021.

7 Top Manufacturing Stories of the Year

1. Impact of Supply Shortages on Manufacturers (Two-Part Series)

As supply chain disruptions grew more severe in 2021, we took a closer look at this topic and explored specifically which materials were in short supply in a two-part series published in March and September. This series ranked as IndustryNet’s most popular story of the year, as industrial executives kept a watchful eye on supply chain disruptions.

Read the full two-part series: Steel, Semiconductors and More: The Impact of Supply Shortages on Manufacturers

2. Biden’s Buy American Plan: What Manufacturers Should Know

Early in the year, U.S. manufacturers were keeping an eye on new legislation rolled out by the incoming Biden presidency. Our most popular story of 2021 dealt with the Biden Administration’s “Buy America” initiative, one of the many executive orders released by the new administration shortly after inauguration. This article details how the new initiative differs from a similar Trump-era effort and explores key components of the plan relevant for U.S. manufacturers.

Read the full article: Biden’s Buy American Plan: What Manufacturers Should Know

3. Biden’s Executive Order on U.S. Supply Chains: What Manufacturers Should Know

The relentless supply chain disruptions that we’ve all become familiar with were of top concern to U.S. manufacturers, as evidenced by our second most popular story of 2021 that discussed the Biden Administration’s executive order on strengthening U.S. supply chains. The new order, unveiled by the administration on February 24th, sought to address the worsening supply shortages. This article takes an in-depth look at what is in the new order and how U.S. manufacturers and industry groups are reacting.

Read the full article: Biden’s Executive Order on U.S. Supply Chains: What Manufacturers Should Know

4. Infrastructure Bill & U.S. Manufacturers: Which Industries Stand to Benefit?

2021 brought a lot of new legislation for manufacturers to sort through. The much-contested Infrastructure bill, which spent most of the year being hashed out in the House and Senate, finally passed in September, leaving many manufacturers to wonder: how will this impact us?

Turns out there are several manufacturing industries that stand to benefit from the infrastructure plan (and a few that stand to lose). In our article on the infrastructure bill, we explore the new bill in detail and examine which industries are on deck for benefiting from this wide-ranging plan.

Read the full article: Infrastructure Bill & U.S. Manufacturers: Which Industries Stand to Benefit?

5. Why Manufacturing Companies Need Digital Marketing in 2021 (and Beyond)

In 2021, industrial companies were doubling down on digital marketing efforts, with IndustryNet’s 5th most popular article exploring the importance of digital marketing for manufacturers in 2021. This in-depth article covers some staggering statistics on how crucial digital marketing has become for B2B and explores ways that manufacturing companies specifically can leverage digital for their business.

Read the full article: Why Manufacturing Companies Need Digital Marketing in 2021 (& Beyond)

6. U.S.-China Trade War Reaches 3-Year Anniversary. What’s Next for Tariffs?

The lingering question of tariffs ran alongside the many challenges industrial companies were facing in 2021. As the trade war with China reached its 3-year anniversary in July, industrial executives wondered how the new administration would handle the Trump-era tariffs that had a lasting impact on multiple industries. Our 6th most popular story of the year revisited the topic of tariffs, taking a look at where we left off, the ongoing impact of tariffs on manufacturers and the Biden Administration’s perspective on them.

Read the full article: U.S.-China Trade War Reaches 3-Year Anniversary. What’s Next for Tariffs?

7. Five Ways the Pandemic Reshaped Manufacturing

The pandemic forced every industry on the planet to rethink how it operates. In this article, we took a step back to explore the big picture view of the specific ways in which the U.S. manufacturing sector adapted to COVID-19 and was forever transformed.

Read the full article: Five Ways the Pandemic Reshaped Manufacturing

Other Top Stories of 2021

The IndustryNet blog doesn’t stop at industrial news articles, but also delivers exclusive insights gleaned from MNI data to help companies learn more about the industries and companies that matter to them. From exploring a particular industry to delivering company news, IndustryNet readers took full advantage of these resources this year.

Our most-read industry analysis posts this year were:

Top 10 Scrap Metal Companies in the U.S. Read More

Top 10 Steel Producers in the U.S. Read More

America’s Largest Aluminum Extrusion Companies Read More

Our most popular company announcements in 2021:

Miron Construction Ranked Nationally by Engineering News-Record for Excellence in Several Industries Read More

Stockwell Elastomerics Now Offers Samples of Silicon Sponge Products With ESD Protective Coating Read More

Crane Industry Services’ CEO Awards Scholarship Supporting Women In Construction Read More

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