William Ng
William Ng

William Ng is a perfectionist who loves to tell a good story and brings that passion to all of ThomasNet News’ publications, including Industry Market Trends (IMT), Career Journal, Procurement Journal, Machining Journal, and Fluid & Gas Flow Journal. Will leads a team of staff and freelance writers and journalists that bring readers in manufacturing and industry the reliable and accurate information they need to run their business. He is in charge of providing editorial vision and leadership to increase ThomasNet News’ audience engagement and recognition in the industrial marketplace.

Will, who has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic University and a master’s degree in journalism and technical communications from New York University, brings journalistic experience and training that spans more than a decade. Prior to joining ThomasNet, he was a managing editor at Northstar Travel Media, covering the U.S. and international business travel and meetings industries. Earlier in his career, he was managing editor for Modern Plastics, covering the global plastics manufacturing industry.

Will lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his wife, Vivien. He loves both playing and watching sports and is an avid fan of the New York Rangers. He is also an audiophile in his spare time.

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Editor’s Note: The Race to Tomorrow Is On

A lot of the manufacturing conversation has centered lately on Industry 4.0, aka Industrial Internet, aka digital manufacturing, aka advanced manufacturing. Semantics aside, these terms all mean one thing: fully automated, intelligent, and self-regulating factories powered by autonomous robots and orchestrations of production control data and digital information.

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Editor’s Note: The Evolution of Product Sourcing

If you’re a regular reader of ThomasNet News, you’re likely a registered user of ThomasNet.com. What you might not be aware of is that my colleagues recently relaunched the supplier discovery and product sourcing platform to make it more efficient for engineers, buyers, and supply professionals to use.

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Editor’s Note: Squeezing Productivity Dry

Manufacturing shed 2 million jobs in the recession between December 2007 and June 2009 but has added back only 327,000 in four years since. These are sobering but official numbers from the Labor Department, which tallied just 71,000 manufacturing jobs created last year.

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Editor’s Note: The Tightening Grip of Regulations

That squeaking noise we’re hearing is the turning vise of government regulations on manufacturers and industrial producers. While we’re two months away from the major federally mandated conflict minerals reporting deadline, California, under a state green chemistry law, has declared the first three consumer products for regulatory scrutiny due to the chemicals used to make […]

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Editor’s Note: What Manufacturing Can Mean

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has unveiled a terrific video promoting manufacturing. The two-minute clip, which NAM posted on YouTube and pushed on Twitter with #WeAreMFG, illustrates the wide tapestry that is U.S. manufacturing, how it is modern and clean, and the economic and societal impacts it has, featuring real manufacturers and working Americans.

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All Systems Go with SciQuest Integration, Company Says

As the spend management software provider releases the latest update of its suite package, it continues work on integrating the former competitive modules and technologies acquired in the last three years.

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Editor’s Note: Reshore. Live Better?

By now, you’re probably aware of Walmart’s 10-year, $250 billion pledge to source American-made goods for its U.S. stores. The retailer has publicized the job-igniting effort with TV ads celebrating U.S. manufacturing and the middle class. Voiceovers by all-American pitchman Mike Rowe serenaded reshoring supporters’ ears.

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Editor’s Note: Desperately Seeking Science

What do advanced polymer composites and mantis shrimp appendages have in common? They’re both looking for research money, as President Barack Obama ceremoniously hands his fiscal 2015 budget request to Congress.

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Editor’s Note: The Culture Club

Over the past two weeks, one theme has recurred in my work and travels: business transformation, notably in procurement.

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Editor’s Note: America’s Infrastructure “D”eficiencies

Vice President Joe Biden recently slammed New York’s LaGuardia Airport as being Third World, citing Hong Kong International Airport as where America’s airports ought to be. As a frequent traveler through both, I have to agree.

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