140: Local Manufacturing for a New Hardware Invention Idea

140: Local Manufacturing for a New Hardware Invention Idea

September 7, 2022

With Nigel Southway, Author of Take Back Manufacturing

140: Local Manufacturing for a New Hardware Invention Idea
140: Local Manufacturing for a New Hardware Invention Idea

Nigel Southway is the author of two books, the most recent is called Take Back Manufacturing, and his original was called Lean Manufacturing. He has spent 55 years in the manufacturing space. He was the chair of a chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, which I was also a part of starting over 10 years ago. Today Nigel is going to share some valuable knowledge on how inventors, startups, and small manufacturers can decide between offshore and onshore manufacturing, what the pros and cons are for each choice, explain short-run manufacturing for new products, and how we can bring back manufacturing to local communities.

Today you will hear us talk about:

  • Look at local vs offshore carefully
  • Run the numbers of manufacturing
  • Benefits of on-shore manufacturing
  • Technology that is enabling local manufacturing for new physical products
  • Short run manufacturing
  • Take back manufacturing: Political, Educational, and Technology
  • The difference, on average, is only about 10%


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Thanks for tuning in! See you next time.

About: MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial designmechanical engineeringelectrical engineeringpatent referralprototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry's leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Click HERE to learn more about MAKO Design + Invent!