Financing America’s Manufacturers
For more than two decades, ARF Financial has helped hundreds of manufacturing businesses across America secure over $1 billion in funding to innovate, grow and thrive. Our superior loan products are perfect for expansion projects, investing in new equipment and technology, stockpiling raw materials, hiring additional staff and consolidating more expensive debt. Our goal is to provide fast access to loan products that are unmatched in the industry, and employ knowledgeable loan consultants focused solely on helping manufacturers succeed.
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The manufacturing industry is buzzing with innovation and adapting to new technologies that require funding and investment. However, financing the future of manufacturing can be daunting. To keep up with the demands of cutting-edge technology, upgrading factories, and enhancing productivity, manufacturing companies require a substantial amount of working capital. Obtaining funding isn’t always easy, which is why business loans, lines of credit, and other financing options may be needed. ARF Financial has created two unique manufacturing lines of credit designed specifically for manufacturers who have unique issues that keep them accessing traditional financing. It’s vital that manufacturers have the financial resources to keep up with the ever-evolving landscape of technology and competition. Micro factories and smart factories are disrupting the manufacturing industry on top of labor shortages that cause expensive delays. Supply chain issues and additive manufacturing are also disrupting the industry across the board. With well-planned financing strategies, manufacturers can stay ahead of their competitors and continue to contribute to the growth of the industry. Book meeting with the our manufacturing team now to discuss your needs and how we can tailor a financing plan that allows you to borrow now and pay back at your own pace.
3 Manufacturing Industry Trends to Watch in 2023
On average, the manufacturing industry has grown 6.6 percent per year between 2017 and 2022; in 2022, the industry’s market size was measured at $8.8 trillion (in revenue). These are significantly impressive numbers, considering the stubborn presence of labor shortages, supply chain issues, and an economy crippled with the residual effects of a global pandemic–and they far surpass a lot of experts’ previous predictions. But we’re not totally out of the woods: What’s expected to plague the manufacturing industry in 2023 is inflation, a lack of high-caliber workers, and cybersecurity concerns. As we head into 2023, let’s take a look at 3 industry trends we predict will be critical in maintaining this growth trend while mitigating risk.
1. Talent Management
Employee engagement and retention are always top of mind for business owners. With a labor shortage gripping the manufacturing industry, it will be more important than ever that management focuses on hiring the best and brightest–and keeping them around. Remember, lack of a strong workforce costs your business time and money. Companies are less able to respond to economic shifts in an efficient manner if the right people aren’t in place who can quickly change course. Some strategies to consider when looking to reduce churn include wage increases; greater focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); and flexibility, including a potential hybrid working structure.
We know technology is continuously improving, and nowhere more so than in the manufacturing industry. Investing in and implementing new technology has been the saving grace for a lot of manufacturing companies, as it places them in a better position to quickly adapt and rebound during times of economic uncertainty. To streamline operations, manufacturers surveyed by Deloitte noted their plans to focus on robotics and automation (62 percent) and data analytics (60 percent) in 2023. For instance, it’s much simpler for a company to forecast when they have robust data and analytics capabilities. And with automation in place, manufacturers can increase productivity and tackle the labor shortage at the same time.
3. Supply Chain Focus
The uncertainty surrounding the shortage of materials still warrants concern from manufacturers. To lessen the impacts of these supply chain disruptions, manufacturers have adopted more advanced digital technologies, strengthened their partnerships with suppliers, and created redundancy in the supply chain.
It’s also worth noting the importance of staying local. Manufacturers have increased their operations locally in an effort to limit avoidable snags, like logistics flukes or transportation issues. There’s also increased focus on building production factories right here in the United States–a venture that is further bolstered by The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
We’ll continue to keep an eye on these trends over the course of 2023. All the hard work that was done in terms of innovations in the manufacturing industry will surely get more traction in the coming year. It’s important to position your company for growth while also keeping an eye on potential setbacks: in essence, hope for the best but prepare for the worst. And for more content on the latest industry and financial trends, you know where to find us.
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*Available for new clients only (out of the program 120 days or more). Receipt of the Amex Gift Card(s) is conditional based upon the following: Merchant’s approval under ARF Financials’ standard underwriting models and policies. Merchant’s acceptance of an approved loan amount, rate and term; and merchant borrowing a minimum of $50,000 to receive a $500 Amex gift card and another $500 gift card for every additional $50,000 they fund before 9/30/2023. This offer is not guaranteed unless application is made by merchant, and merchant borrows in accordance with the guidelines provided herein. ARF reserves the right to terminate the offer at any time. Expires 9/30/2023.
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