The Global Manufacturer http://www.industryweek.com/blog/29247/feed en Where Should You Go for Low-Cost Manufacturing? http://www.industryweek.com/blog/where-should-you-go-low-cost-manufacturing <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Asked what location they considered to be the most attractive for low-cost manufacturing aimed at the North American market, executives at small-to-mid-sized companies said the United States and Mexico were at the top of the list.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/where-should-you-go-low-cost-manufacturing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/where-should-you-go-low-cost-manufacturing#comments Competitiveness Demographics Strategic Siting Logistics Finance The Global Manufacturer Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:08:00 +0000 116011 at http://www.industryweek.com After the Recovery: What Will the New Normal Look Like? http://www.industryweek.com/blog/after-recovery-what-will-new-normal-look <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Expect slower growth in the U.S. economy unless the government takes action on education and immigration, warns a new research report from TD Economics.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/after-recovery-what-will-new-normal-look" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/after-recovery-what-will-new-normal-look#comments Demographics Emerging Technologies Public Policy Workforce The Global Manufacturer Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:31:00 +0000 115391 at http://www.industryweek.com Manufacturing Census Report: No One Thought It Would Be Pretty (INFOGRAPHIC) http://www.industryweek.com/blog/manufacturing-census-report-no-one-thought-it-would-be-pretty-infographic <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The United States lost 35,931 manufacturing establishments in the wake of the Great Recession, according to the 2012 Economic Census advance report issued today by the U.S. Census Bureau.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/manufacturing-census-report-no-one-thought-it-would-be-pretty-infographic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/manufacturing-census-report-no-one-thought-it-would-be-pretty-infographic#comments Demographics Global Economy Workforce The Global Manufacturer Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:43:00 +0000 114731 at http://www.industryweek.com Vladimir Putin and the Amazing Flying Car http://www.industryweek.com/blog/vladimir-putin-and-amazing-flying-car <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Now that Russia has annexed Crimea, there remains the pesky issue of getting there from Russia. Let's assume for now that Russia won't grab any more of eastern Ukraine and just drive there through an expanding Russian territory. Good old American technology may offer an answer.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/vladimir-putin-and-amazing-flying-car" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/vladimir-putin-and-amazing-flying-car#comments Global Economy Technology The Global Manufacturer Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:56:00 +0000 114041 at http://www.industryweek.com Small Business Optimism Takes a Dive http://www.industryweek.com/blog/small-business-optimism-takes-dive <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Uncertainty stemming from Washington blamed for sharp dip in small business optimism.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/small-business-optimism-takes-dive" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/small-business-optimism-takes-dive#comments Regulations Global Economy Production Equipment Workforce The Global Manufacturer Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:27:00 +0000 113461 at http://www.industryweek.com The Manufacturing GPS: Where Are We Now? http://www.industryweek.com/blog/manufacturing-gps-where-are-we-now <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I was pleased when a young engineer came up to me and said that my talk had made him feel better about his career in manufacturing. I was speaking to a group this week about U.S. manufacturing &ndash; where exactly the industry was since the Great Recession ended in June 2009. So much talk has been made of a manufacturing renaissance and yet it is difficult at best to make the case that we are in the middle of one. That&rsquo;s why I titled my talk &ldquo;The Manufacturing GPS&rdquo; &ndash; to step back and try to get our bearings. Here are some of my thoughts:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/manufacturing-gps-where-are-we-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/manufacturing-gps-where-are-we-now#comments Competitiveness Education / Training Lean / Six-Sigma Energy The Global Manufacturer Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:35:00 +0000 111201 at http://www.industryweek.com January Employment 'Little Changed' -- Rut-Roh http://www.industryweek.com/blog/january-employment-little-changed-rut-roh <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>The gain of 113,000 jobs in January reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will do little to spark the economy.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/january-employment-little-changed-rut-roh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/january-employment-little-changed-rut-roh#comments Demographics Workforce The Global Manufacturer Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:59:00 +0000 110631 at http://www.industryweek.com Trade Deficit Remains 'Substantial Threat' to US Manufacturing http://www.industryweek.com/blog/trade-deficit-remains-substantial-threat-us-manufacturing <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Aside from energy, the US trade deficit in goods continued to rise in 2013.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/trade-deficit-remains-substantial-threat-us-manufacturing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/trade-deficit-remains-substantial-threat-us-manufacturing#comments Around the Web Global Economy The Global Manufacturer Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:37:00 +0000 110481 at http://www.industryweek.com Just What Do They Put in a Chicken McNugget? http://www.industryweek.com/blog/just-what-do-they-put-chicken-mcnugget <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>McDonald&#39;s Canada has released a video to answer that burning question: Is there pink slime in a Chicken McNugget?</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/just-what-do-they-put-chicken-mcnugget" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/just-what-do-they-put-chicken-mcnugget#comments The Global Manufacturer Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:24:00 +0000 110331 at http://www.industryweek.com 3-D Printing: One Small Step for a Greener Airplane? http://www.industryweek.com/blog/3-d-printing-one-small-step-greener-airplane <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Airbus Group Innovations and EOS, a 3-D printing company, recently conducted an environmental comparison between a conventional aircraft bracket and a bracket produced using additive manufacturing.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/3-d-printing-one-small-step-greener-airplane" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/3-d-printing-one-small-step-greener-airplane#comments Competitiveness Digital Tools Process Improvement Emerging Technologies Production Equipment The Global Manufacturer Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:12:00 +0000 110241 at http://www.industryweek.com <p>Airbus used laser sintering to create a lighter titanium version of this A320 hinge bracket.</p> Are We Getting Our Manufacturing Signals Crossed? http://www.industryweek.com/blog/are-we-getting-our-manufacturing-signals-crossed <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Economist Alan Tonelson says the PMI suffers from a more fundamental problem – its forecasts don’t line up with the actual government data.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/are-we-getting-our-manufacturing-signals-crossed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/are-we-getting-our-manufacturing-signals-crossed#comments Global Economy Workforce The Global Manufacturer Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:41:00 +0000 110161 at http://www.industryweek.com File This Under Wish It Were True http://www.industryweek.com/blog/file-under-wish-it-were-true <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>In his State of the Union address (<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/29/state-of-the-union-ratings-2014_n_4690552.html">looking at the ratings</a>, apparently a huge win for Netflix and Xbox), President Obama enthusiastically declared:</p> <p class="rteindent1">&ldquo;And for the first time in over a decade, business leaders around the world have declared that China is no longer the world&rsquo;s number one place to invest; America is.&rdquo;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/file-under-wish-it-were-true" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/file-under-wish-it-were-true#comments Around the Web Competitiveness Emerging Markets The Global Manufacturer Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:34:00 +0000 109821 at http://www.industryweek.com Unconditional Love for the State of the Union http://www.industryweek.com/blog/unconditional-love-state-union <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The State of the Union address is almost upon us. In official Washington circles, this is known as the Day of Maximum Help, for groups far and wide provide whoever is president with a detailed analysis of the speech (before it is given) and free advice on running the country.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s just a sample:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/unconditional-love-state-union" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/unconditional-love-state-union#comments Around the Web Global Economy Leadership Workforce The Global Manufacturer Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:04:00 +0000 109381 at http://www.industryweek.com <p>Bo, left and Sunny, the Obama family dogs, in less trying times. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)</p> New Manufacturing Orders Surge in Texas http://www.industryweek.com/blog/new-manufacturing-orders-surge-texas <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Factories should be humming in Texas based on the latest manufacturing outlook survey from the Dallas Fed. In January, the new orders index spiked to 14.4 from 1.3 in December. The shipments index also grew sharply, from barely over zero to 9.2.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/new-manufacturing-orders-surge-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/new-manufacturing-orders-surge-texas#comments Procurement Global Economy Workforce The Global Manufacturer Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:30:00 +0000 109191 at http://www.industryweek.com The Regulatory Cloud Threatens http://www.industryweek.com/blog/regulatory-cloud-threatens <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>What could dampen a manufacturer's spirits after the holidays and months of at least modest economic growth? Let's try that old reliable - regulations.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/global-manufacturer">The Global Manufacturer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/regulatory-cloud-threatens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/regulatory-cloud-threatens#comments Labor / Employment Policy Legislation Regulations The Global Manufacturer Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:03:00 +0000 107061 at http://www.industryweek.com