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 Battle of Loos

You’ve probably seen the headlines on the Web of a manufacturing company limiting scheduled bathroom breaks to six minutes a day to recoup lost production time. It’s head-turning stuff.

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U.S. Engineering Employment to Grow by Quarter-Million Jobs

Kelly Services’ latest Engineering Employment Outlook forecasts what the U.S. engineering labor market will look like by 2023 as well as takes a snapshot of employment conditions today, including top jobs and salaries. The demographics and skill sets of the engineering workforce will also continue to evolve.

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Editor’s Note: Foxconn Not of Apple’s Eye

Foxconn, Apple’s longtime contract manufacturer, will look to avail itself after the iPhone and iPad maker criticized its manufacturing partners’ sustainability performance. The electronics OEM is building a huge green manufacturing campus in China, a sign of eco-efficiency importance in evolving buyer-supplier relationships.

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Editor’s Note: The Waiting Game

2014 was predicted to be the best year for the economy since 2005, with a strong rebound by the housing sector and accelerating manufacturing growth. After six months, none have yet to materialize. A pivotal third quarter will be the difference between hope and stagnation.

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Editor’s Note: More Than Just Reshoring

The repatriation of manufacturing jobs in America is clearly based on clear-headed rather than nationalistic decision-making. Companies note that reshoring is not just about foreign wages anymore; it’s about serving and reacting to markets from a closer vantage point. And it’s foreign companies doing it, too.

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Editor’s Note: China KOs Shipping Triumvirate

Chinese regulators last week blocked a long-awaited vessel-sharing alliance between the three largest container-shipping companies, shocking the shipping and logistics world. In snuffing out a potential monopoly, they might have done global shipping customers a huge favor.

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Editor’s Note: Section 179 Death Means Taxes

This critical portion of the tax code that had allowed businesses, especially small manufacturers, to fully write off their equipment purchases in the first year reverted back to pre-recession rules at the beginning of 2014, stifling small business investment.

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Ivalua Making Spend Management Software Imprint in U.S.

Ivalua, a developer of a spend management software suite whose roots lie in Europe, is beginning to make itself noticed in North America. It intends to challenge market leaders with its “true integrated” suite.

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Editor’s Note: The Skills Gap Prospectus

Affinity and peer groups, local and regional cooperative networks, public-private partnerships, and school-industry alliances now proliferate in the talent development battle. There are even specialized initiatives aimed at Millennials, girls, and young women.

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Supplier Management Is Inflecting from Cost to Strategic Innovation

Amid a redefining period for supply chain managers, they are being tasked with providing additional value along with continued organizational cost reduction. One way to accomplish this is more engagement of strategic suppliers and collaborative work with those suppliers to achieve product and service innovation.

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