Residential furniture orders see 27% rise in December, up 15% for 2020

New orders for residential furniture continued to rise in December, up 27% compared to 2019. This continues the streak of year-over-year double-digit increases since June 2020, as reported by Smith Leonard in the latest issue of Furniture Insights. The increase in new orders was reported by about 84% of the residential furniture manufacturers and distributors participating in the monthly survey.

New apprenticeship initiative to boost skills in robotics, advanced manufacturing

Robotics leader Fanuc is teaming up with Wisconsin-based Rockwell Automation to form an accelerated work and learn apprenticeship initiative. The program is designed to upskill current and future workers for jobs in advanced manufacturing, robotics, and automation.
The companies have developed a credential program, which includes fundamental robotics (Robot Operator) and automation (PLC Operator). The program offers a second level of credentials for Robot and PLC Technicians.