Supplier pricing, business weakness and hiring the formerly incarcerated are among the topics that grabbed the attention of the IndustryWeek manufacturing community during the first week of June. That's not all, of course. Readers also kept a keen eye on Stratasys, which announced a big merger and also received an unsolicited proposal from 3D Systems.
With that as prelude, here is the Top 10 most-consumed content on IndustryWeek.com over the past seven days, plus one Editor's Choice.
The Next ‘Black Swan’ Is Afoot: Can You Recognize the Early Signs of Business Weakness? Here are four warning signs to watch out for.
Hit with a Price Increase? Seven Tips for Negotiating with Suppliers: The last couple of quarters have been particularly busy for these asks.
Manufacturing Business News: Electrical Engineering Degrees Dwindle, Robotized Electric Battery Dismantling and Other Headlines: IndustryWeek's parent company Endeavor Business Media publications shared news regarding a $73 million fiber-optic cable manufacturing expansion, a globally competitive commercial vehicle partnership and more.
Scenes of a Steel Mill, EV Affordability and China Is Winning: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads: Also, pay transparency, first-generation college students and detailing the U.S. debt ceiling deal.
Doing the Math to Unlock Intelligence from Supplier Quotes: With some well-placed equations and a little extra time, you can make better-informed decisions.
3D Systems Offers $1.2 Billion for Stratasys: The unsolicited proposal comes one week following Stratasys' $1.8 billion for smaller Desktop Metal and its rejection of a $1.3 billion takeover bid by Nano Dimensions.
Hiring the Formerly Incarcerated: A First-Hand View: When given structure and treated with understanding, returning citizens are more often worth the investment of your time than doing an open call of the general population.
It’s Time to Stand up to China: Our diplomatic policies have failed, and China is the winner.
‘We Transform While We Perform’: BMW Spartanburg Revs Up for the Shift to Electric: The president of BMW Manufacturing talks about the plant's $1.7 billion expansion and adding EVs to the assembly line.
Understanding the Merger of Stratasys and Desktop: Does this change any of the big questions hanging over additive manufacturing?
How and Why to Welcome More Women to the Skilled Trades: Advocating for young girls and women to explore welding, machining, additive manufacturing and other industrials careers can benefit women and the companies that will employ them.