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Strife, Snarls and Shining Self-Confidence: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads

July 7, 2023
Also, Stratasys board says no, and Magna International takes on ergonomics.

For many in the IndustryWeek manufacturing community, it was a work week shortened by a national holiday. Still, many members stopped by to review topics as diverse as AI in the workplace, the value of older workers and summer supply chain challenges. 

What follows is the Top 10 list of the most popular content over the past seven days. Sit back and catch up. 

Labor Strife, Insolvent Shippers: Dealing with Summer Supply Chain Snarls: One large carrier leaving the marketplace means many shippers will scramble for capacity.

25 Years Ago, an Energy Revolution Was Born: How a 34-year old petroleum engineer working for Mitchell Energy in Texas helped unleash one of the biggest waves of creative destruction in the modern era.

Stratasys Board Again Turns Away 3D, Nano Offers: Directors call 3D’s improved bid “opportunistic” and are sticking to their plan to join forces with Desktop Metal.

Self-Confident Leadership Shines in Stressful Situations: The question should not be how to remove stress from our organizations, but how to embrace the challenge to compete in a way that removes the toxic elements. And this is where self-confident leadership shines.

So That Happened: AI Doesn’t Scare Manufacturing Workers, Reality Check for EV Demand, Metallurgist Shortages: IndustryWeek editors look into those stories and the latest drama from 3D Systems/Stratasys/Desktop Metal and Nano Dimension; Purdue finding partners in Taiwan; rare examples of civil debates and useless car care suggestions.

Making Work Better for Workers: Ergonomics in Action at Magna International: A look at how advanced computing technology is improving work for human bodies

US Manufacturing Contraction Deepened in June: Survey: The ISM figure for June came in at 46%, down from 46.9% last month, the ISM said in a statement. This was well below the median forecast of economists surveyed by MarketWatch.

Sage Advice about Older Workers: Manufacturing often frets about the aging of its workforce. Some nimble companies revel in it.

Biden's NLRB Rulings Show Clear Shift in Favor of Workers: Four recent cases show that manufacturers and other businesses should expect the federal labor watchdog to support labor over management.

PPG CEO: Keeping up with Aerospace Demand, Innovating Around Energy Use: Tim Knavish, with 36 years at the global paint and coatings company, is very familiar with its footprint. 'I try to get out on the frontlines where we make stuff as much as possible.'

Editors Choice

Widespread Lean Adoption Would Make the US More Competitive: Manufacturing productivity has been in decline for the last 20 years.

Best-Read Stories of 2022 (Slideshow): From supply chain snarls to additive manufacturing to tests of manufacturing knowledge, the most popular material from IndustryWeek in 2022 reflects this audience’s eclectic set of interests.

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