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Becoming a manufacturing powerhouse in 2020 (via Qpute.com)

Seldom does a day go by lately without politicians and pundits in countries all over the world calling for re-establishing their manufacturing base to avoid the vulnerabilities exposed in the wake of Covid-19.

But the process of moving essential supplies back (or closer) to home is easier said than done: Reassessing capacity-planning strategies on the grounds of national security, re-domiciling supply lines or reviving home-grown industry all entails significant geopolitical ruptures with the patterns that have formed for the past 50 years.

The process requires a fusion of old ideas projected into new technological capacities, such as automation and quantum computing, and a design that promotes a continuum of stability and cooperation from the old order. And while every nation will certainly think of itself first, it would be suicidal not to think outside of one’s borders, starting with regionalization. 

So where is a nation-state in 2020 going to start with this transition? Where is the multilateral red tape?

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