Congresswoman Lori Trahan visits Axenics
Axenics hosted Congresswoman Lori Trahan at our facility in Tyngsboro, MA, to discuss our current manufacturing supply chain challenge and the CHIPS Act. Trahan represents Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District, and she spent about 90 minutes with members of our team on Tuesday, Nov. 1 as well as touring our production floor.
Our current challenge – and one facing manufacturers across the globe – is the worldwide shortage of ¼”(one-quarter inch)- 316 electropolished stainless steel tubing. The tubing is a standard for the semiconductor industry.
We’ve tried diligently to locate this tubing from our suppliers, our customers and everyone is out. We were lucky enough to source enough to keep production going. About half of our current projects use this tube.
In other areas where we’ve faced supply chain challenges, we have been able to find and source acceptable alternatives but the quarter-inch tubing is the standard in the semiconductor industry. The strange thing is that other sizes of electropolished stainless steel tubing are readily available from the manufacturers who produce the quarter-inch tubing.
Axenics General Manager Dan Reynolds explained to Trahan the dire need to secure more of this tubing in order to keep our team working. While we have tubing on order from overseas suppliers, shipping has already been delayed twice. Trahan said she would look into the supply chain shortage and report back to Axenics.
Reynolds and Trahan also discussed the CHIPS Act, and spoke about how the legislation could help Axenics in 2023.
While on the tour of the Axenics metals and plastics departments on the production floor, Trahan chatted with our welders Mya Jones and Brian Thessen. Trahan also complimented Axenics on the cleanliness of the production floor.
Once the congresswoman reports back to Axenics, we’ll update with another post.