How COVID-19 Has Impacted Manufacturing and The Global Supply Chain

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How much impact has COVID-19 really had on manufacturing? Different regions have experienced varying levels of disruption over time and not all operations or industries ever completely shut down. Many industrial manufacturing companies are considered essential and have continued operations uninterrupted or have seen demand for their product change in dramatic ways. So just how widespread is the disruption to manufacturing caused by COVID-19? That is the question Markforged set out to answer in their new report “COVID-19 Impact on Supply Chains: Global Additive Manufacturing Industry Report.” How much impact has COVID-19 really had on manufacturing? Different regions have experienced varying levels of disruption over time and not all operations or industries ever completely shut down. Many industrial manufacturing companies are considered essential and have continued operations uninterrupted or have seen demand for their product change in dramatic ways. So just how widespread is the disruption to manufacturing caused by COVID-19? That is the question Markforged set out to answer in their new report “COVID-19 Impact on Supply Chains: Global Additive Manufacturing Industry Report.”

The report is based on surveys of customers and non-customers of Markforged across the globe. The large sample size makes it possible to quantify anecdotal stories such as how many companies produced their own PPE and did additive manufacturing save you time or money during this disruption? Here are some key takeaways:

The benefits of additive manufacturing remain steady or are amplified during times of disruption. Companies that saw little impact from COVID-19 continued to experience the expected benefits of additive manufacturing while severely impacted companies relied more heavily on the flexibility it provides.

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