Industry Market Trends

Shelter from the Sequester: How Manufacturers Are Surviving

June 12, 2013

Yesterday, IMT examined the sequester and how it is likely to affect U.S. manufacturing. The picture isn’t complete for two reasons. For starters, the worst of the sequester’s cuts have yet to hit. Second, many of the companies simply aren’t speaking to the press on the topic. Read More

Industry Market Trends

How Much Noise Is Enough? Automakers, Legislators Wrestle with Artificial Sound in EVs

June 12, 2013

For the last 30 years or so, automakers have worked hard to reduce the amount of noise car engines -- and cars in general -- emit when they're in motion. Engine-powered vehicles are so much quieter than they used to be, and noise pollution has been greatly reduced. And when hybrid and then electric-powered cars came along, noise was almost completely eliminated. Gone was the belching of smoke from the tailpipe and the loud "hum" of a gas-powered engine; now, with electric vehicles (EVs), you can barely hear when a car is near you at all. Great, right? Well, not for everyone. Read More