Industry Market Trends

New Carbon Fiber Research Facility Could Spell a Bright Future for Manufacturing

April 3, 2013

carbonfiber2 One of the most important factors that will determine how well U.S. manufacturing companies will be able to compete in global markets will be the development of new and cheaper ways to use existing technologies. A lot of that research is being done at government labs and facilities, where a combination of public and private money will be needed to help keep the U.S. competitive. One such material that may be key to manufacturing's future is carbon fiber, and last week in Tennessee a major step in carbon fiber development was taken when officials from the Department of Energy,  Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Ford Motor Co., and Dow Chemical launched the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Read More

Industry Market Trends

U.S. Demand for Skilled Worker Visas Set to Pass Quota

April 3, 2013

The demand for H-1B visa applications is so great among U.S. companies that a lottery may go into effect, an indication that more American businesses are turning to immigrants to fill vacant positions, and prompting worker advocacy groups to criticize businesses looking for cheap labor. Read More

Industry Market Trends

Manufacturing: The Difference Maker Pt. 1

April 3, 2013

In the first of a multi-part series, Doug Woods, president of the Association for Manufacturing Technology, discusses key government initiatives that would support and bolster American manufacturing – if executed correctly. Read More