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Union Push, Washing Machine Win and EV Expectations: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads

Jan. 19, 2024
Also, who is the CHIPS Acts helping?

Lots of electric vehicle-related content grabbed the attention of IndustryWeek's manufacturing community in the past week. Many members viewed our Production Pulse broadcast, which discussed expections for EVs in the current year, while even more showed interest in a Stellantis investment in sodium-ion technology. Topping the list was an article that suggest the priorities of the CHIPS Act are wrong. 

Without further ado, the Top 10 most viewed items over the past seven days are:  

The CHIPS Act Helps the Wrong Companies: The future of semiconductors is all about innovation, but that's not a priority of US funding.

Washing-Machine Tariffs Come Out Clean, Sparkling for US Manufacturing: Trade experts can learn from the success of this Trump-era policy.

Front-Line Leaders: The Most Overlooked Role in Lean Transformation: It's critical to train and engage the people who most workers report to and communicate with.

UAW Formally Announces Push to Unionize Mercedes-Benz Factory in Alabama: The union also plans to spread to a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee.

Stellantis Ventures Invests in Sodium-Ion Technology: The batteries, free of lithium and cobalt, have been heralded by some as the future of sustainable energy storage.

Production Pulse: How EVs Fared in 2023 and What to Expect in 2024: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Policy Advisor Kristin Dziczek and Cox Automotive Director of Industry Insights Stephanie Valdez Streaty discuss electric vehicles with IndustryWeek.

So That Happened: Younger Workers Willing to Consider Manufacturing Jobs: IndustryWeek editors look into that story, Hertz's decision to dump Tesla EVs, infrastructure spending and cool gadgets.

Dazzling Dozen: 12 of the Best in Lean and Continuous Improvement in 2023: Top reads addressed topics from gemba walks and tennis ball challenges to winners of manufacturing excellence.

Cybersecurity Concerns for Manufacturers in 2024: Protect your OT, stay vigilant against ransomware, remain skeptical about AI.

Manufacturers Are Adopting Tech, Diversifying Talent—But They Need to Step It Up: MAGNET’s survey hits on gains and challenges, with special concern for smaller manufacturers.

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