Industry Market Trends

Specialized Applications Drive Demand for Photonics and Optics Technologies

June 4, 2013

Earlier this year, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released a new report that highlights the substantial progress made in the field of photonics and optics. The report points to opportunities in this fast-developing category for U.S. industry and benefits at large for society. Read More

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What Are the True Costs of Offshoring?

June 4, 2013

There is a growing trend to reshore manufacturing back to the U.S. as managers re-calculate and compare the true total costs of production. Still, there is a range of hidden metrics that are not factored often enough when determining where to produce goods. Read More

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How Manufacturers Can Retain Precious Talent through Employee Engagement

June 4, 2013

In manufacturers’ struggle with the skills gap, their workforce shortage pressures are being made more acute by stubborn low job engagement among their existing employees. How can manufacturing employers raise their employee engagement levels and prevent workforce attrition from wreaking additional damage to their talent ranks? Read More

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Housing Rebound Puts Pressure on Construction Worker Shortage

June 4, 2013

Although residential construction is expected to grow, builders cannot find enough qualified workers to keep up with the housing demand. The worker shortage spans across the construction sector, including HVAC, roofers, building maintenance managers, carpenters, and subcontractors, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Read More

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Subaru Indiana Automotive Breaks Down Barriers to Achieve Energy Management

June 4, 2013

Environmental stewardship is deeply integrated into the Subaru brand. The automaker is best known for being one of the first assembly plants in the U.S. to become a zero-landfill facility. More recently, Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) achieved another major milestone -- becoming the first auto assembly plant in the U.S. to achieve the new ISO 50001 certification for energy management. Read More