Supply chain software firm Resilinc offered a possible explanation for supply chain issues in a new white paper.
According to the company, factory fires are the no. 1 disruption for global supply chains.
Through Q3 of 2022, Resilinc’s EventWatch Professional sent out 2,889 alerts on factory fires globally — nearly 1,000 more than all of 2021.
Among the top 10 industries affected by factory fires in 2021 were automotive, manufacturing, food & beverage and aerospace.
The U.S. led the list of countries affected in 2021 by approximately 300, followed by India and Germany.
A study showed 59% of fires were caused by faulty equipment and machinery, 18% by flammable liquids and gasses and 10% by electrical lighting and equipment.
The same study showed 50% of fires started inside the facility, 18% in the assembly area and 15% in the warehouse or storage.
Resilinc’s list of contributing factors included gaps in regulatory and process execution, a shortage of skilled labor, component shortages and adverse weather conditions.