RF Mau Blog

The Top 4 Reasons to Work with R.F. Mau in 2019

Now that we’ve entered Q1 of 2019, many purchasing managers and procurement teams are in the throes of developing savings plans, finalizing cost reduction strategies, and negotiating prices with suppliers. Supplier evaluation, diversification, and consolidation are also on the rise as American-based manufacturing firms consider looking to alternative domestic sources in light of the “tariff […]

How Tariffs Could Impact Domestic & Global Supply Chains

As we reach the end of 2018, President Trump’s tariffs are still a major topic of concern for manufacturers and consumers alike. The latest updates in what many call the “tariff war” came this past September, when Trump imposed 10% tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports, with threats to increase the duties to 25% […]

Are Robots Taking Away Manufacturing Jobs? R.F. Mau Weighs In (Part 2)

In another sense, robots are not replacing manufacturing jobs. But they are changing them and creating new ones in the process. More Job Creation & Work Augmentation, Not Replacement As we’ve mentioned, some companies are implementing robotics to run operations more efficiently with fewer people. From a wider perspective, though, the trend is a shift […]

Are Robots Taking Away Manufacturing Jobs? R.F. Mau Weighs In (Part 1)

Besides constant news stories about Trump’s new tariffs and how they’re affecting our economy, one of the biggest topics of conversation in manufacturing-related publications and news sites lately has been robots. Whether discussing automation, artificial intelligence (AI), or robotics, the crux of the matter always seems to be that robots are coming, and they’re coming […]

The Case for Brass in a World of Steel & Aluminum Tariffs

On March 8, 2018, the world watched, stunned, as President Donald Trump declared new tariffs on steel (25%) and aluminum (10%) in a controversial move that was met with dismay by many and support by some. Analysts, economists, manufacturers, and trade enthusiasts wondered how this would affect industries domestically and abroad – especially since Canada […]