Industry Market Trends

Industry Getting Smart about Rare Earth Minerals

August 20, 2013

Chinese dominance of the rare earth minerals (REM) market is forcing manufacturers to seek alternatives to the substances. Of particular concern are rare earth magnets, which are used in the manufacture of products ranging from smartphones to electric motors. Read More

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Industrial Control System Security Is Hampered by a Lack of Awareness

August 20, 2013

While data, particularly financial data, are the most common prey for hackers, there's a growing concern about a more vulnerable target. Hackers are increasingly taking aim at industrial control systems (ICS), which are technologies and networks used to operate manufacturing, power generation or other machinery -- together with the supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA) and networks that oversee ICS. Read More

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The Great Degeneration

August 20, 2013

In The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die, renowned historian Niall Ferguson offers a provocative examination of the widespread institutional rot that threatens our collective future. What causes rich countries to lose their way? Symptoms of decline are all around us today: slowing... Read More

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Sustainability Growing in Importance to Defense Industry Procurement Professionals

August 20, 2013

Sustainability and defense procurement seem like an unnatural pairing. But a new market report says otherwise. Sustainability management budgets are on the rise and have been for the past several years, the report shows. In its report, the  Strategic Defence Intelligence (SDI) analyzes what sustainability means to the global defense industry and how it is being implemented. In addition, it offers opinions and strategies of business decision-makers and competitors, and examines actions taken to ensure sustainable procurement practices and marketing green initiatives. Read More

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Will 3D Printing Change the World?

August 20, 2013

Imagine an economy characterized by people working fewer hours and focusing more on interpersonal connections and personal satisfaction than on the purchase and consumption of goods. Juliet Schor, a sociology professor at Boston College, envisions just such a scenario in her book True Wealth (originally published as Plenitude) and suggests that one element of this “new productivity” will be the widespread adoption of personal manufacturing, using 3D printing.  Read More