Archive for March 5th, 2013

Companies need more qualified candidates to fill open positions, but why are so many people across the U.S. jobless? A recent industry roundtable highlighted how companies can share responsibility and give back to employees through training and education at a time when employer expectations are at a peak. Read more


Sequestration is now in effect. While it remains to be seen whether the budget-cutting measure leads to meaningful reductions in federal spending, defense and aerospace manufacturers say the threat of disruptions to research and development, procurement, and programs is greater than the economic impact estimates. Read more

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On Feb. 20, a group of manufacturing employers, educators, and trade associations assembled for a closed-door session to discuss the skills gap in an event hosted by recruiting firm Manpower. IMT spoke with event organizers about the strategies emerging to bridge the skills gap and what manufacturers can do to secure talent. Read more


The U.S. trade deficit in advanced technology has deepened, and our share of the world’s high-tech market is declining. How can we rebuild our innovation economy and reverse the drain of American-made advances? Read more


In Fabricated, authors Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman explore the world of 3-D printers, and trace their evolution from novelty manufacturing machines into one of the most exciting new technologies across the world. Read more

Credit: Liz Noffsinger.

Credit: Liz Noffsinger.

It’s no news that Hawaii gets a lot of sun. Because of it (among other reasons), the state sees most of its income come from tourism. The state’s sunny climate may boost its leadership in another category as well: rooftop solar panels.

Last year, Hawaii installed more solar power per person than any other state except Nevada, making it the ninth-largest state for solar photovoltaic systems, according to the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), a nonprofit advocacy group. In 2012, Hawaii issued as many permits for new solar installations on the island of Oahu alone as it did for the entire state just a few years before.

It’s not simply about being green: increasingly, it’s about cost savings. Read more

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