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Trade shows canceled
Manufacturing and Industrial

Industrial Trade Show Canceled? You Can Still Generate Leads With Digital Marketing Efforts

As the cancellation of trade show events this year causes a ripple across industries, manufacturers and industrial companies who were planning on attending or exhibiting at the events are left with extra budget. Despite the cancellations, there are still opportunities for manufacturers to make meaningful business connections. With digital marketing, businesses can still push toward the goals they made prior to cancellations. 

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Drive more business for industrial clients
Manufacturing and Industrial

For Marketing Agencies: Drive More Business For Your Industrial Clients & Become A Certified Thomas Agency or Reseller

Thomas has been the market leader in the industrial space for over 120 years helping manufacturers, industrial distributors, and service providers reach in-market buyers and grow their businesses. Our marketing, advertising, and product data solutions are engineered to work together at each step of the industrial buying process to grow visibility and traffic, generate new leads, and drive new business for companies of all sizes in the industrial market.

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Food and beverage industry manufacturer
Manufacturing and Industrial

Challenges And Opportunities In The Food & Beverage Industry

In 2015, Fortune reported an $18 billion loss for the top 25 U.S. food and beverage companies from the past five years, driven by millennials turning away from processed foods and seeking healthier alternatives with cleaner labels. Today, that trend continues to grow at an excessive pace, signaling that some demands are more of a long-term standard. But many major food and beverage (F&B) companies have shown that they are not as nimble as smaller companies when it comes to adapting to consumer preferences and there are still challenges the food and beverage industry faces.

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steel and metal manufacturing
Manufacturing and Industrial

How To Grow Your Steel And Metals Manufacturing Business

Last quarter “steel” was one of the most sourced products on the Thomasnet.com platform. Sheet metal and metal stamping facilities are rising and contributing to the growth of this market. But it also comes as no surprise when steel and metals represent an important supply source to the aerospace, aviation, and medical industries — timely to today’s global pandemic of COVID-19.

So how can steel and metal manufacturing businesses continue the momentum of their business growth? First, make sure you have a clear business plan. Some manufacturers try to grow their manufacturing business by doing everything possible. Choose business goals that are realistic and document them so you can see your milestones and track your growth along the way. You may overwhelm yourself and your employees if you don’t have a clear plan first.

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Multi-generational workforce
Manufacturing and Industrial

Top 4 U.S. Manufacturing Challenges And How To Overcome Them

American manufacturing stands at a critical point in its long history — and how industry leaders view and react to the changing landscape will influence its future. As technology, demographics, and economic climate shift, manufacturers must innovate in order to stay competitive. Manufacturing in particular is positioned for domestic growth and, more than ever, industry leaders must guide their organizations strategically. Let’s take a look at some of the issues facing the industry through the lens of both challenges and opportunities.

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evolution of 3d printing
Manufacturing and Industrial

The Evolution of 3D Printing

From reducing costs to increasing efficiency to spurring innovation, many people are excited about the impact that 3D printing will have on the future of manufacturing. However, the truth is, it already has made a significant impact on the industry.

Take a look back at the evolution of 3D printing to see how the phenomenon started and how it has helped the manufacturing industry evolve.

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testing medical device manufacturing
Manufacturing and Industrial

Challenges And Opportunities In Medical Device Manufacturing

Encompassing broad items as simple as bandages all the way through to ultra-high-tech pacemakers, the U.S. medical device market is the largest in the world. Forbes called it a “disruptive” market of $410 billion through 2023. Today, “disruptive” is an appropriate word. 

More than a decade ago, the medical device manufacturing industry saw an increasing emphasis on design and simplicity, driven by software and technologies. And innovation contributed to a shift in power from the pharmaceutical to the medical device industry. These days, there is still a high demand for technological, intuitive devices — with a faster time-to-market than ever before. Hospitals, medical facilities, and other markets are pressuring medical device manufacturers to be more secure, innovative, cost-effective, and efficient.

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Can Your Company Help Provide Critical Supplies?

We are using the power of our platform to aid in the mass shortage of critical supplies. If your company can help provide supplies, capabilities, or materials for products such as N-95 Masks and Tyvek SuitsPlease let us know.

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