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Manufacturing

The Robots Are Coming! The Robots Are Coming!

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Robots have indeed eliminated a great deal of factory work and are rapidly moving on to product design, medical diagnostics, research, teaching, accounting, translating, copy editing, and a great deal more. Once-secure professions are no longer safe. From that, many economists conclude that we may just have to adjust to a high plateau of unemployment. That assumption is malarkey.

Smart Manufacturing: A Path to Profitable Growth

Brian Kennell | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

A bullet train is leaving the station, and it promises to transform and propel U.S. manufacturers who climb on board--in a wave of information technology known as smart manufacturing.

Plastics On a Roll

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 05.13.2015 | Technology
Jerry Jasinowski

Today plastics comprise about 50 percent of the volume of a new passenger vehicle, but only 10 percent of the weight. That of course is a major reason for the shift to plastics -- reducing weight and hence increasing mileage.

5 Interesting Things Manufactured in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.08.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Quaker Oats was founded in 1850 as a part of German Mills American Cereal Company. The company changed its name to the Quaker Oats company in 1901. It was the first company ever to register a trademark for breakfast cereal.

The Quest for Asia's Next Manufacturing Miracle

Sabina Dewan | Posted 05.03.2015 | World
Sabina Dewan

Countries should encourage the development of large, legitimate trade unions that truly represent workers' interests and engage productively with employers, rather than stamping out strikes in the fear that they will drive away business.

Manufacturing and Infrastructure: Now Is the Time to Act

Christian Caballero | Posted 04.30.2015 | Business
Christian Caballero

News that the U.S. economy grew at an anemic 0.2 percent (GDP) during the first quarter of 2015 should trigger a reaction by policymakers in Washington.

After the Biofuel Fail, Does Synthetic Biology Have a Future?

Bryan Johnson | Posted 05.01.2015 | Technology
Bryan Johnson

Synthetic biology will be the future of manufacturing, engineering and medicine. But for now, there's nothing wrong with focusing on start-ups that will generate revenue while moving up the complexity curve faster and more predictably than anyone else.

Latest Trade Push Is A War On Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

President Obama recently downplayed the impact of unfair trade on the U.S. workforce, arguing that many manufacturing jobs are low-paying. But I disagree. This nation's manufacturing base provides a pathway to prosperity for many Americans -- and this administration cannot shut the door on their future.

Solving America's Infrastructure Crisis

Michael Likosky | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business
Michael Likosky

Most Americans are now well aware that we have an infrastructure crisis that goes beyond long commute times. We all nod in agreement when some of our airports are likened to those of Third World countries.

What Will We Tell the Children About Fast Track?

Diann Woodard | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Diann Woodard

Once again, the American public is being sold a bill of goods when it comes to trade and its impact on our economy.

Skills Gap: Two Million Vacant Manufacturing Jobs by 2025

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 04.02.2015 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Manufacturers that intend to be competitive and profitable in the years ahead will have to take aggressive action. They cannot afford to wait for the public schools to do it for them. They must foster internal training programs and become directly involved with local high schools, trade schools and community colleges to create a reliable stream of qualified candidates.

Growth Engine Smart Manufacturing Sparks Public Debate in Germany

Cherno Jobatey | Posted 05.25.2015 | Business
Cherno Jobatey

What risk does the rise of automation hold for the job market? Will the future see the maintenance of machines made in Germany being taken over by service providers in Asia? Or are there far more positive effects of Industry 4.0 for Germany?

The Long-Range Threat Is Poor Education, Not Nukes

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.24.2015 | Education
Hal Donahue

Without a strong education base, a global power cannot maintain its leadership position. The United States' massive investments in education following World War II and during the Cold War space race allowed the nation to successfully compete on existing resources. This trend is ending.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Help Fuel Record Growth Streak

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 04.08.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Immigrant-owned firms today employ one in 10 U.S. workers. Immigrant entrepreneurs are twice as likely to start a business as native-born citizens. While they account for 16 percent of the labor force nationally, immigrants make up 28 percent of Main Street Business owners.

The President Says Manufacturing Is Back, But Is It?

Scott Paul | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

Unless the president gets trade policy right, and starts to tackle some uncomfortable truths about trading partners like China and Japan, America will be stuck with little more than a marketing campaign in place of serious manufacturing policy.

How $40 Oil Would Impact Canada's Provinces

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

If $40 a barrel still seems a ways off, consider that the benchmark price for oil sands crude is already trading in that price range. What's more, if production from high-cost sources isn't withdrawn from an oversupplied market, oil prices may soon be trading even lower.

Make Trade Promotion Authority Into Jobs Promotion Authority

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

When Congress comes back to work early next year, Trade Promotion Authority ("TPA") is likely to be high up on the Congressional agenda, and it is something the President and Congress can work together on.

Manufacturing

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 02.21.2015 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

The consulting firm of A. T. Kearney, Inc., has released a new analysis of the re-shoring trend in which U.S. manufacturers are returning work from overseas contending among other things that re-shoring "is not what it is cracked up to be."

2014 Is Ending, but This Wave of Technology Disruptions Is Just Beginning

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 02.18.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

Changes in technology are happening at a scale which was unimaginable before and will cause disruption in industry after industry. This has really begun to worry me, because we are not ready for this change and most of our leading companies won't exist 15-20 years from now.

Will Robotics Breed a New Generation of Super Professionals?

Mike Roberts | Posted 02.12.2015 | Technology
Mike Roberts

The question is: Will automation enable a generation of super industrial professionals? Rapid transformation is already starting, prospective workers, current industrial professionals, and manufacturing organizations should be doing everything possible now to be on the right side of it.

How Globalization Changed America in 2014, and What It Might Mean for 2015

Edward Goldberg | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

It is the season of lists: best movies, best books, and so on. I thought I should continue a tradition I started several years ago of creating a different type of list: a geo-political-economic list -- a list of the globalization top five from an American perspective.

A Thirst to Create Leads to Kickstarter

Lee Schneider | Posted 01.17.2015 | Small Business
Lee Schneider

Funny how limitations can expand your horizons. Nathan Resnick was a college sophomore when he started his first Kickstarter campaign. He wanted to make watches, but he had no way of meeting the minimum order quantities set by manufacturers.

Closing The Skills Gap for New Manufacturing Workers

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 01.17.2015 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

The challenge of preparing young people for jobs in modern high tech manufacturing is vital to them and their future as citizens.

Clear and Present Danger

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 01.04.2015 | Small Business
Johnathan Cardillo

As a business owner, my most empowering experience was firing my first manufacturer and walking away from a toxic relationship. Sometimes the very people you're writing checks to are your gateway to an early grave.

Infrastructure Investment: Part of Africa's Solution

Antoinette Sayeh | Posted 12.28.2014 | Business
Antoinette Sayeh

Tremendous efforts are under way to upgrade sub-Saharan Africa's infrastructure. But the needs on the ground are still immense as evidenced by the frequent electricity blackouts, poor roads, and insufficient access to clean water in many countries.