Hoje, estaremos discutindo a tendência das empresas de transferir suas operações para países próximos, por razões geopolíticas, ou devido a interrupções recentes na cadeia de abastecimento global, como a crise dos contêineres, e problemas colocados pelo Covid. Por exemplo, companies are relocating to Mexico in order to be closer to the U.S. market.
Listen to this headline from the Natural Gas Intel website, publicado em fevereiro 2, 2023: “Mexican Nearshoring Opportunities Seen Spurring Energy Needs.”
“Nearshoring” describes this trend. Production plants are moving nearer to the United States.
É claro, the word “shore” refers to the land along the edge of a sea, lake, or other large body of water. But here, it really has the meaning of a border. “Nearshoring” is when the operations are close to your border.
The article also mentions how energy companies in Mexico are taking advantage of new opportunities to provide electricity to these new production plants and offices. The headline uses the word “spurring,”. When used in this context, “spurring” means creating new energy needs.
Finally, there’s an English idiom that relates to nearshoring: “hedging your bets.” This means taking precautions to protect yourself from risk. Nesse caso, US companies are “hedging their bets” by moving key production facilities closer to home to ensure their supply lines.
- Hedging a bet.
See a related lesson on Friend-shoring.
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