Industry Market Trends

Will Obama’s Export Plan Cross the Finish Line?

March 19, 2013

Last week, President Barack Obama spoke with his export council to discuss the goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014. The target, first set during his 2010 State of the Union address, drew a host of skepticism, but has been largely supported by government and industry groups. Read More

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Can Washington Clean Up Its Fiscal Mess?

March 19, 2013

Sequestration was a bitter pill to swallow. Can American manufacturers and industry, still awaiting its effects, stomach a long 2014 federal budget process, yet another continuing resolution, and comprehensive tax reform still ahead? No matter how you look at it, manufacturers are operating under a more uncertain and unstable business environment. Can our elected leaders in Congress come together and make the right decisions when our competitiveness and economic future are at stake? Read More

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After Five Years, California Hopes its Green Chemistry Regulations are Ready

March 19, 2013

Most chemicals in the U.S. are loosely regulated by a piece of moth-eaten legislation called the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The TSCA fully regulates only five substances -- polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs), asbestos, radon, lead and chlorofluorocarbons -- and largely leaves the rest to the free market. Companies aren’t required to prove the chemicals they use are safe. It’s up to the government to prove that these chemicals aren’t safe. While the EPA struggles with an update to the TSCA, the State of California has been fighting a battle in the last few years to push through its own more restrictive legislation. Read More

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Conflict Minerals Showdown Heats Up

March 19, 2013

New minerals regulations from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are expected to affect more than 6,000 manufacturing firms – not just raw materials companies but also the shops in their supply chain. Industry groups have issued a legal challenge to have the legislation modified or overturned entirely, but could this cause more harm than good? Read More

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Contagious

March 19, 2013

In Contagious, author and marketing professor Jonah Berger explains why certain products and ideas catch on with the public, while others fall flat, and what smart businesses can do to help their offerings win mass appeal. Read More