Whilst many manufacturers -particularly in the US - have been looking to reduce or eliminate their dependencies on foreign materials prior to COVID-19 - with reports indicating that as many as 749,000 jobs were brought back to the US between 2010 and 2018 - the pandemic has certainly accelerated this trend.
“COVID-19 has really gotten people’s attention. COVID-19 has revealed the U.S. dependency on offshore manufacturing, especially China. […] As the pandemic shows, we can suddenly be in the impossible position of not having enough critical supplies. That is not because we didn’t try it; it’s because we had almost no base from which to build here in the U.S,” commented Harry Moser, President of the Reshoring Initiative.