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What Are You Doing For Manufacturing Day On Oct 4?  in Manufacturing Advocacy

One of the most important Critical Issues identified by members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council this year is Manufacturing Advocacy – the need to continually promote manufacturing as a clean, vibrant and innovative economic growth engine that… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Sep 17, 2013
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Manufacturing Employment May Be Greater than Reported  in Manufacturing Advocacy

Official estimates may be significantly underrepresenting the number of manufacturing jobs in the U.S., according to a recently-released academic report. The report by Andrew Bernard and Teresa Fort of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business notes that,… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Sep 06, 2013
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Will Immigration Reform Fix the Skills Gap?  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

Immigration reform legislation now being hotly debated in the Congress would, if passed, help manufacturers by providing them with access to a larger pool of skilled labor, claims the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Wisconsin’s chambe… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Aug 29, 2013
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What Skills Gap? Are U.S. Manufacturing’s Fears Overblown?  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

Remember the days when the U.S. manufacturing industry was awash with claims that a massive skills gap was causing 600,000 manufacturing jobs to go unfilled, undermining industrial growth and global competitiveness? Well it just isn’t so, claims a ne… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Aug 28, 2013
Views: 17650
Can America Become The World’s Low Cost Manufacturer?  in

By 2020, the U.S. could capture between $70-$115 billion of additional annual exports from other nations and create between 2.5-5 million extra factory and associated service jobs – all driven by increased manufacturing competitiveness. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Aug 22, 2013
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Nordic Manufacturing’s Future Under Threat: Urgent Action Needed Now  in Manufacturing Advocacy

A new report from the Boston Consulting Group has warned that manufacturing in Northern Europe’s Nordic countries - Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland - faces a bleak future unless urgent action is taken to boost the region’s industrial competitiven… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Aug 20, 2013
Views: 12239
Manufacturing Boost For United Arab Emirates?  in Industrial Policy

In a bid to accelerate economic diversification away from its traditional oil revenues, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) is now considering large scale investments in its manufacturing sector, according to a new report by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Aug 16, 2013
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Survey: Manufacturing Workers Unhappy With Jobs  in Next-Generation Leadership and the Changing Workforce

If manufacturers want to be able to recruit more promising young people to work in the industry, they might want to start by responding to the concerns of current workers. That’s one conclusion that can be drawn from a new survey of job seekers by r… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Aug 14, 2013
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Tesla: Suppliers Are Holding Us Back  in The Adaptive Organization

How can a small, start-up manufacturer establish credibility with key suppliers so that the suppliers will buy into the manufacturer’s demand forecasts and ramp up production accordingly? That was a challenged faced by electric car manufacturer Tesl… Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Aug 09, 2013
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Redefining Auto Supply Chains: Honda Moves Production Closer to American Markets  in Redefining the Supply Chain

Japan’s Honda is boosting its production capacity in the U.S. and Brazil to be closer to key American growth markets. This is yet another example of the transformation of supply networks currently underway across the global auto sector as companies s… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Aug 08, 2013
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3D Printing: Many Manufacturers Remain Cool to the Technology  in Transformative Technologies

The blogosphere is teeming these days with accounts of how 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM) will transform manufacturing and introduce a new industrial revolution. But, at least according to the results of a soon-to-be-released survey by … Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Aug 07, 2013
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Global Manufacturing On The Rise: Developed Nations Leading The Recovery  in Manufacturing Leadership Community

Global Manufacturing is on the move. The overall measure of worldwide manufacturing activity rose to 50.8 in July, according to the latest Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) assessments from JP Morgan and industry researchers Markit. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Aug 06, 2013
Views: 14066
U.K. Manufacturing Surges Ahead in July  in Manufacturing Leadership Community

Strengthening signs of recovery among U.K. manufacturers pushed the U.K.’s monthly manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index to a healthy 54.6 last month, up from 52.9 in June. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Aug 01, 2013
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The 16 Countries Likely to Succeed China as Low-Cost Manufacturing Outsourcers  in Redefining the Supply Chain

As worker wages and other business costs rise in China, a new network of 16 emerging economies will rise to successfully offer low-cost, export-focused manufacturing services to established brand owners. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jul 31, 2013
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Are Manufacturing Supply Chains Ripe For Renewal?  in Global Value Networks

Fundamental shifts in market demand, the emergence of close-to-market production strategies, and the need to reduce global risk are beginning to transform modern manufacturing supply chains, agreed a senior group of Manufacturing Leadership Council m… Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jul 30, 2013
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Girls and games for math, science and technology  in

New research suggests that girls are learning math and science best through gamification. Is this a sign of the times gender change? Read More →

Posted by Marie Gervais on Jul 26, 2013
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U.S. Manufacturing Jumps To 4-Month High: China Gets Worse: Eurozone Finally Sees Growth  in Manufacturing Leadership Community

The latest indicators of global manufacturing activity from researchers Markit suggest an impressive improvement in U.S. industrial performance this month. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jul 25, 2013
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Does Off-Shoring R&D Increase Risk?  in The Innovative Enterprise

Do manufacturers expose themselves to increased financial, legal, and regulatory risk when they elect to conduct product research and development activities in lower-cost developing countries? Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jul 23, 2013
Views: 15748
U.S. Army Launching Digital Manufacturing Initiative  in Transformative Technologies

Aiming to speed the development, prototyping, and production of defense-related parts and systems, the U.S. Army is creating what it calls a Digital Manufacturing Design Innovation Institute (DMDI). Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jul 10, 2013
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Manufacturing Technology Investments On The Rise: Is The Future Getting Brighter?  in The Adaptive Organization

Orders for new manufacturing technologies rose to $430.06 million in May this year – up by a solid 13.6 percent from the previous month, according to the latest figurers from the U.S. Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT). Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jul 10, 2013
Views: 14770