Industry Market Trends

Washington on Manufacturing Issues: Lots of Talking, But No Real Progress

June 17, 2013

Midway through 2013, little progress has been made in Washington to address the nation’s immediate economic challenges. What looked like a promising year in January is looking less so six months later.  Read More

Industry Market Trends

The Porous Boundaries: Global Water Risk Calls for Cross-Sector Collaboration

June 17, 2013

Decision-makers in industrial firms might be tempted to think of water management in terms of inputs, processes, and outputs. You take in water from an outside source like a river or reservoir; you move it around your facility for cooling, cleaning, flushing toilets, and so on; then you treat the wastewater and discharge it out the back end. But the emerging global water situation is forcing companies to look at their water more as an ecosystem service and as a scarce resource that has to be managed in cooperation with the larger community and across sectors. Read More

Industry Market Trends

Initiative Spotlight Series: U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Institutes

June 17, 2013

As part of a new IMT Career Journal series highlighting specific initiatives aimed at helping U.S. manufacturers and workers create good jobs, we look at the Obama administration's recent launch of a competitive process to create three new manufacturing innovation institutes. These geographically dispersed institutes will leverage the particular strengths of their region and bring together businesses, institutions of higher learning, and government agencies to address a variety of critical needs to U.S. global leadership in manufacturing. Read More