Industry Market Trends

A Sustainable Supply Chain Requires Managing Risk, Automating Data

January 31, 2013

When it comes to managing supply chains, manufacturing businesses are doing anything but quelling demands. In fact, many are imposing increasingly strict requirements and heavily scrutinizing suppliers to ensure that all levels of satisfaction are met. As we reported last month, manufacturers are taking sustainability of supply chains and resources into account when they consider the overall impact of their products and the company at large. But new research shows success in sustainability has a direct correlation to success in business. Leaders recognize that sustainability is about more than protecting the planet -- it’s about managing real business risks. Moreover, automation and data management processes are emerging as a key tool to help achieve more sustainable supply chains. Read More

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Expert Insight: Top Tips for Recruiters Hiring Vets

January 31, 2013

For military veterans, a successful transition to a civilian career starts at the recruitment stage. The challenge for many companies is to create a plan to recruit the best qualified candidates. IMT Career Journal asked career consultants what they think corporations are doing right and where there is room for military recruitment improvement. Read More

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Inside the “Building Up Florida Manufacturing” Plan by Governor Rick Scott

January 30, 2013

This month, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced his Building Up Florida Manufacturing proposal, which would eliminate taxes on equipment purchases and train workers from other sectors who are transitioning to manufacturing jobs. The initiative is intended to drive small manufacturing business growth and jobs in the state. Read More

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Researchers Crushing Rocks in Hopes of Scrubbing and Capturing Carbon Dioxide

January 30, 2013

emissionsgreenandclean.2The idea of capturing carbon dioxide to prevent greenhouse gas emissions is not new; as more and more scientists have tried to figure out ways to reduce the effect of coal-fired plants spewing toxins into the environment, researchers have tried many different methods. And even if carbon dioxide could be captured, is there a way to produce revenue by selling it? Canadian college professor/researcher Guy Mercier, and his financial backers at Carbon Management Canada (CMC), believes he has the answer to the carbon capture problem. Read More

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Automakers Focus on Improving Traditional Fuel Engines

January 30, 2013

According to the latest industry projections, there isn’t going to be an appreciable increase in R&D funding for alternative energy engines in the foreseeable future. However, automakers are investing heavily in improving the efficiency of traditional fuel engines. Read More

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Can Immigration Reform Boost High-Skilled Manufacturing?

January 29, 2013

A comprehensive immigration reform policy that provides improved access to visas for high-skilled workers could provide a pathway to citizenship for many immigrants. These skilled employees have the potential to boost American manufacturing companies and help bridge the talent gap. President Obama and various industry groups support such reforms, but they may be facing an uphill battle. Read More

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Industry & Consumer Groups Clash Over Toxic Substances Control Act’s Replacement

January 29, 2013

Skull_and_crossbones.svg When it comes to chemicals and toxins, American industry is governed by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) relic from the Ford Administration. The TSCA has been able to mandate safety testing for only 200 of the 80,000 chemicals manufacturers use today, and has banned or restricted only five of those chemicals: polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs), asbestos, radon, lead and chlorofluorocarbons. Needless to say, the TSCA has been on everyone’s mind recently, but no one’s more than consumer groups, parents groups and even the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which has reported that regular biomonitoring is finding hundreds of industrial chemicals of dubious safety in the bloodstream of most Americans, including newborn babies. Scientists call this “the body burden,” and it’s on the rise. Read More