The Global Manufacturer http://www.industryweek.com/blog/29247/feed en Take the NAM/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers http://www.industryweek.com/blog/take-namindustryweek-survey-manufacturers <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>It seems as if there is an economic report coming out every five minutes but the truth is that relatively few of them are focused on U.S. manufacturing. But that&#39;s not the case with the <strong>NAM/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers</strong>. This 20-question survey gauges manufacturing sentiment every quarter and is a widely reported measure of how manufacturers see their businesses and the greater economy. The survey also includes questions focusing on labor regulations and health insurance coverage.</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/take-namindustryweek-survey-manufacturers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/take-namindustryweek-survey-manufacturers#comments Finance Global Economy Leadership The Global Manufacturer Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:48:00 +0000 145881 at http://www.industryweek.com NAM Report Warns Foreign Competitors Outpacing US on Export Assistance http://www.industryweek.com/blog/nam-report-warns-foreign-competitors-outpacing-us-export-assistance <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The National Association of Manufacturers brought fresh ammo to the fight over reauthorizing the U.S. Export-Import Bank today with release of a study that finds the U.S. is being outpaced by the export support its top competitors are providing to their industries.</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/nam-report-warns-foreign-competitors-outpacing-us-export-assistance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/nam-report-warns-foreign-competitors-outpacing-us-export-assistance#comments Competitiveness Legislation Trade Global Economy The Global Manufacturer Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:09:00 +0000 144211 at http://www.industryweek.com World Bank Lowers Outlook for Global Economy http://www.industryweek.com/blog/world-bank-lowers-outlook-global-economy <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Despite a "tailwind" from high-income countries such as the United States, developing countries are headed for another year of sub-5% growth, contributing to a reduced forecast for global economic growth, the World Bank reported today.</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/world-bank-lowers-outlook-global-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/world-bank-lowers-outlook-global-economy#comments Emerging Markets Public Policy Global Economy The Global Manufacturer Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:10:00 +0000 121091 at http://www.industryweek.com Energy Change You Can't Believe In http://www.industryweek.com/blog/energy-change-you-cant-believe <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Manufacturers in a recent poll say they are skeptical about an "energy premium" and, if one comes, unlikely to spend the windfall on more workers.</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/energy-change-you-cant-believe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/energy-change-you-cant-believe#comments Competitiveness Energy Management Workforce The Global Manufacturer Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:10:00 +0000 116971 at http://www.industryweek.com 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