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How Will AI, Blockchain and 3D Printing Change Global Supply Chains?

Technology China A worker walks past a robot used to transport materials at a recycling factory in Japan. Technologies such as 3D printing and automation are likely to decentralize manufacturing in the near future. This is the second of a two-part conversation with Gary Gereffi, director of the Global Value Chain Center at Duke University, on the future of global supply chains. In the first piece , we looked at the impact that protectionism is having on global value chains. Today, we focus on the impact of technology and the changing U.S.-China relationship. BRINK: You’ve talked about how we should be thinking of value chains and supply chains in regional rather than global terms. Why? Gary Gereffi: In complex industries, no single country has the capabilities to produce all of the parts of a product. If you take something like an automobile that has about 20,000 parts, the most […]

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