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1. U.S. outlook: Strong dollar offsets low energy prices

C-Suite Brief | Mar 19, 2015

Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D., vice president and chief economist
Through 2016, manufacturing is forecast to grow faster than the overall economy. Growth drivers include the construction supply chain, transportation equipment infrastructure and medical care expansion. Economic Outlook Blank (03/18)

2. 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)

3. 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)

4. 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)

5. 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)

6. 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)

7. 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)

8. Stop emailing your team after hours

C-Suite Brief | Mar 19, 2015

Sending late-night emails stifles innovation and sets a bad example for employees, Maura Thomas writes. Instead, leaders should encourage workers to maintain their concentration while at work, Thomas writes. Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (03/16)

9. The post-recession state of U.S. manufacturing

C-Suite Brief | Mar 19, 2015

Yingying Xu, Ph.D., director of economic studies
Early signs suggest that the swift decline in American manufacturing since 2000 has leveled out. The possibility of a revival in the next decade largely depends on U.S. manufacturers' sourcing decisions and export performance. Policy Analysis Blank (03/10)

10. 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)

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