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1. Trends from year one of conflict minerals reporting

C-Suite Brief | Apr 09, 2015

In a recent webinar, two Deloitte CPAs provided a comprehensive review of manufacturers' reporting practices and expectations for year two's disclosure requirements. Watch the full recording for the extensive Q&A covering executives' top conflict minerals concerns -- including smelter lists, penalties and IPSAs. Blog Blank (04/03)

2. 3D printing and regional manufacturing competitiveness

C-Suite Brief | Mar 26, 2015

Cliff Waldman, director of economic studies
3D printing will fundamentally alter manufacturing ecosystems in certain industries. With the potential for shorter supply chains and greater end-user involvement in product innovation, this increasingly ubiquitous technology will reshape select regional manufacturing clusters and accelerate cluster-to-cluster spillover impacts. Policy Analysis Blank (03/20)

3. Car manufacturers flock to North America

C-Suite Brief | Apr 02, 2015

Volvo has announced that its will construct a $500 million assembly plant somewhere in the United States. This follows an announcement by Daimler AG for a $500 million investment in its South Carolina plant. In addition, Volkswagen AG plans a billion-dollar investment in Mexico, while Toyota Motor is contemplating the same thing. Detroit News, The (03/30) Automotive News (03/30)

4. Manufacturing's momentum faces stumbling blocks

C-Suite Brief | Mar 26, 2015

Donald A. Norman, Ph.D., director of economic studies
Jobs are the bright spot in recent manufacturing data, which overall suggest a weak first quarter for the sector. Growth momentum is being held back by the strong dollar, slower growth in key economies and the fall in the price of oil. Economic Update Blank (03/17)

5. China solidifies its position as the world's largest manufacturer

C-Suite Brief | Apr 02, 2015

Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D., vice president and chief economist
China's 23.2% share of activity makes it the largest manufacturing economy, but in terms of per capita intensity, it is well behind advanced countries. Issues in Brief Blank (03/30)

6. The U.S. needs a more competitive corporate tax system

C-Suite Brief | Apr 16, 2015

A white paper from the MAPI Foundation and NAM notes that the U.S. corporate tax system is a drag on manufacturers' global competitiveness. The paper looks at tax rates in developed countries and finds that the United States is at a disadvantage. Policy Analysis Blank (04/13)

7. Ethical CEOs deliver better performance, study finds

C-Suite Brief | Apr 16, 2015

Executives with high moral standards tend to deliver better corporate performance, according to a study by KRW International. CEOs who received high character ratings generated an average return on assets of more than 9% over two years, close to five times higher than what CEOs with poor character ratings were able to do. Harvard Business Review (tiered subscription model) (04/01)

8. How manufacturers assess and respond to risks

C-Suite Brief | Apr 02, 2015

In this MAPI and Deloitte survey, executives ranked competitiveness drivers such as innovation and talent management as priority business risks, indicating leading practices in these areas may set a company apart. Risk management and data analytics also were classified as competitiveness capabilities. Survey Blank (03/30)

9. Company culture is a battlefield

C-Suite Brief | Apr 02, 2015

May 14-15, Chicago
Despite the best intentions, many efforts in the fight to transform culture fail to make it off the beach. Join us at the Executive Summit to learn how Rockwell Automation and Bison Gear & Engineering declared war on mediocrity. Summit Blank (03/31)

10. If everyone agrees, your product might not be that great

C-Suite Brief | Apr 02, 2015

The Segway was supposed to change the way we travel, but it wound up being used mostly by mall cops and tour guides, writes Art Markman. That shows the importance of encouraging dissent and skepticism in the product-creation process, Markman writes. Fast Company online (03/27)

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