Worldwide demand for packaging equipment is expected to escalate in emerging markets. However, the market for end-of-line machinery will likely be softened by the abundance of manual labor. Read more
Strikes are expensive and exhausting. As manufacturing margins grow thinner and competition becomes more intense, organizations both at home and abroad have an increasing interest in preventing work stoppages. Formal, internal policies to prevent strikes and mediate disputes are becoming a staple of global manufacturers. Read more
Bradley Holcomb, chair of the Manufacturing Business Survey Committee for the Institute for Supply Management, said the manufacturing sector is solid thus far in 2013 and will continue to see steady growth for the rest of the year. Read more
ThomasNet, publisher of IMT Career Journal, on April 1 launched the ThomasNet North American Manufacturing Scholarship program to actively help the manufacturing sector close the STEM skills gap, providing up to 30 scholarships of $1,000 each to high-achieving students pursue their dreams in engineering, skilled trades, and supply chain management/business operations. Students have until July 1 to apply.