Tuesday, November 4, 2014

BeoCare Acquires Shelby Elastics

HUDSON, N.C.Nov. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- BeoCare Group Inc., one of the leading North-American manufacturers of knitted medical textiles, has acquired all the assets of Shelby Elastics of North Carolina LLC. Both North Carolina-based companies manufacture specialty medical textiles used in a wide range of applications in hospitals and long term care facilities. Shelby Elastics will continue to operate as an independent division of BeoCare from its current location in Shelby, NC where it employs 51 people.
Shelby Elastics was founded over 35 years ago in Shelby NC as a specialist knitter of elastic products. Over the years the company has become one of the leading ISO 9001 certified manufacturers of specialty elastic products for the medical industry.  "Many leading medical device companies look to Shelby Elastics for technical and innovative support in developing new products," says Craig Wood, who has been the President of Shelby since 1999. "Our ventilated and stretch loop products are examples of innovations that are widely used in medical products." Mr. Wood will stay with Shelby and will take on the wider responsibility as VP of Sales & Marketing for the entire BeoCare group of companies.
BeoCare, which employs 103 people in Hudson, NC, is the leading domestic OEM contract manufacturer of knitted textile products for use in maternity care and incontinence care. BeoCare is certified ISO 9001 & ISO 13485 and counts some of the largest medical distributors in the US amongst its clients. "Through our extensive and continuing investment in research and development, we have developed a range of innovative new products with applications in fast growing therapeutical areas such as orthopedic care, surgical care and wound care," says Peter Vanderbruggen, CEO of BeoCare Group Inc. "We are firm believers in US manufacturing and with the acquisition of Shelby we are now adding the extensive capabilities of the Shelby Elastics team in crochet knitting to our own capabilities in seamless knitting. The result is a unique domestic one stop shop for OEM medical knitted textiles."
"Craig will help us strengthen our long term OEM relationships with leading healthcare brands," continues Mr. Vanderbruggen. "With the acquisition of Shelby Elastics we are step closer to realizing our vision to become the preferred OEM partner of choice for leading healthcare companies worldwide and to work together with them in developing innovative medical textiles that improve the quality of life for patients throughout the world."

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Manufacturers Love US & Mexico

Forbes writes that "Manufacturing cost competitiveness for both the U.S. and Mexico improved substantially between 2004 and 2014 compared with 25 major world exporters. Productivity-adjusted wages and currency rates have remained stable or improved relative to the other countries, making the U.S. and Mexico prime real estate for new assembly plants.  Both nations also have very competitive energy costs thanks to new oil and gas discoveries in the U.S."

The article is based on a new study by Boston Consulting Group, titled "The Shifting Economics of Global Manufacturing". The results of the study are sobering for Western Europe: "Manufacturing costs in most of Western Europe were relatively high a decade ago, and cost competitiveness has weakened considerably in several countries. Average manufacturing costs in Belgium rose by an estimated 7 percent compared with those in the U.S. They rose by 8 percent in Sweden; 10 percent in France, Italy, and Switzerland; and 21 percent in Australia." However as Europe keeps losing ground the USA and Mexico are the new darlings of manufacturers:


Friday, August 8, 2014

Income Inequality Is Not Rising Globally. It's Falling.

Tyler Cowen writes in the New York Times: "Income inequality has surged as a political and economic issue, but the numbers don’t show that inequality is rising from a global perspective. Yes, the problem has become more acute within most individual nations, yet income inequality for the world as a wholehas been falling for most of the last 20 years. It’s a fact that hasn’t been noted often enough."

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The "Most Important Book Ever" Is All Wrong

On Bloomberg View, Clive Crook takes a sobering look at Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century": "It's hard to think of another book on economics published in the past several decades that's been praised as lavishly as Thomas Piketty's "Capital in the Twenty-First Century." The adulation tells you something, though not mainly about the book's qualities. Its defects, in my view, are greater than its strengths -- but the rapturous reception proves that the book, one way or another, meets a need."

So what is the problem with "The Most Important Book Ever"?: "Quite a few things, but this to start with: There's a persistent tension between the limits of the data he presents and the grandiosity of the conclusions he draws. At times this borders on schizophrenia. In introducing each set of data, he's all caution and modesty, as he should be, because measurement problems arise at every stage. Almost in the next paragraph, he states a conclusion that goes beyond what the data would support even if it were unimpeachable."

The Mises Economic Blog summarizes neatly what's wrong with the book and with its idolizers: "In 1936, a dense, difficult-to-read academic book appeared that seemed to tell politicians they could do exactly what they wanted to do. This was Keynes’s General Theory. Piketty’s book serves the same purpose in 2014, and serves the same short-sighted, destructive policies. If the Obama White House, the IMF, and people like Piketty would just let the economy alone, it could recover. As it is, they keep inventing new ways to destroy it."

Monday, April 21, 2014

Private Equity Performance

From McKinsey&Company: "Private-equity performance has been misunderstood in some essential ways. It now seems that the private-equity industry decisively outperforms public equities with respect to risk-adjusted returns, which may prompt return-starved institutional investors to allocate even more capital to the asset class. But this good news comes with an asterisk: top private-equity firms now seem less able to produce consistently successful funds. That’s because success has become more democratic as the general level of investing skill has increased."

Monday, April 7, 2014

Manufacturing in the USA


Manufacturing Innovation Blog: "This infographic tells the story of manufacturing.  It shows how manufacturing enables our everday lives, drives our economy, offers many different rewarding careers, and what can happen when communities across the country come together to show the public what manufacturing is…"

Monday, March 31, 2014

Towards the end of poverty

Nearly 1 billion people have been taken out of extreme poverty in 20 years. The world should aim to do the same again.

From the Economist: "Many Westerners have reacted to recession by seeking to constrain markets and roll globalisation back in their own countries, and they want to export these ideas to the developing world, too. It does not need such advice. It is doing quite nicely, largely thanks to the same economic principles that helped the developed world grow rich and could pull the poorest of the poor out of destitution."