Information, once rare and cherished like caviar, is now plentiful and taken for granted like potatoes," writes David Shenk in his book, Data Smog: Surviving the Information Glut (1997, Harper San Francisco). We've all had to develop strategies for coping with the heaps of information being dumped on us. Some IndustryWeek staff members build piles. Book galleys, news releases, 20-page faxes, and technical journals rim the edges of their desks. For every issue they sort through this mass and pick out what's most useful and compelling. This is what we've done, on a grand scale, for the IndustryWeek Global Manufacturers' Resource Guide. Our goal when this project was conceived was to compile a single source of accurate and up-to-date information that would help our readers gain perspective and make decisions in today's global economy. We've spent many months compiling lists of lists, evaluating and checking sources, and verifying information. The sources we've chosen, respected authorities in their areas of expertise, have generously granted us permission to reprint selections from their rankings and directories. As computer processing speeds double and double again, and raw data proliferates like so many french fries, clarity and brevity become increasingly valuable. Consider this issue your guidebook to the wide world of manufacturing.
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