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1. U.S. industrial outlook: Growth decelerates in 2015

C-Suite Brief | Jun 11, 2015

Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D., vice president and chief economist
Several shocks have lowered manufacturing growth potential this year -- a severe winter, strong dollar, declining energy exploration and excessive inventories. The corrections will hold down 2015 growth. Fortunately, the housing and aerospace supply chains are ramping up and strong employment growth will underpin economic performance. We forecast manufacturing production growth of 2.5% in 2015, 4.0% in 2016 and 3.1% in 2017. Economic Outlook Blank (06/10)


2. The Internet of Things: Industrie 4.0 vs. the Industrial Internet

C-Suite Brief | Jun 25, 2015

Krzysztof Bledowski, Ph.D., director of economic studies
In this analysis, Kris delves into the differences between two approaches to enabling technological disruption -- Germany's Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet (first imagined by GE). He provides a thorough comparison of their origins, participants and tactics. Policy Analysis Blank (06/23)


3. Volkswagen uses apprenticeships to build its manufacturing workforce

C-Suite Brief | Jul 02, 2015

Volkswagen says it was able to bring on unskilled workers by offering apprenticeships. The "dual-training" philosophy lets workers combine vocational-school classes with on-the-job training for three years. "It's a permanent learning situation we offer here at the plant," HR executive Sebastian Patta says. Chief Learning Officer online (06/26)


4. The U.S. economy's growth potential is slowing

C-Suite Brief | Jun 11, 2015

Cliff Waldman, director of economic studies
With the labor force participation rate at generational lows, decelerating productivity growth and 2.5 million Americans seeking work for at least six months, the long-term labor market dynamic is problematic. Nonetheless, steady payroll gains seem to be the sole factor currently propelling U.S. growth. Blog Blank (06/05)


5. The patent box: Innovative idea or another tax complication?

C-Suite Brief | Jun 18, 2015

Marie K. Lee, council director
Patent boxes are an incentive used by many of our trading partners to attract R&D and high-skilled jobs. While many in Congress support a similar type of incentive for the United States to keep the commercialization of intellectual property within our borders, even supporters acknowledge that the issue is costly and complicated. Issues in Brief Blank (06/16)


6. A transatlantic economic decoupling beckons

C-Suite Brief | Jul 02, 2015

Krzysztof Bledowski, Ph.D., director of economic studies
Whatever happens next with Greece's payments crisis, Europe's financial markets will feel some aftershocks. Kris examines three risks to the continent in the event of a Greek default and describes the history and possible future of the cyclical divergence between Europe and the United States. Issues in Brief Blank (06/29)


7. No manufacturing rebound (yet) from a hard winter

C-Suite Brief | Jun 25, 2015

Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D., vice president and chief economist
In this short video, Dan points out the discrepancy between the Purchasing Managers Index and industrial production data. Manufacturing's production decline in May was widespread, with 14 of 25 industries experiencing decreases. Economic Update Blank (06/23)


8. The manufacturing impacts of global family change

C-Suite Brief | Jun 25, 2015

Cliff Waldman, director of economic studies
Family structure influences consumption behavior and manufacturers should thus take note of the significant changes in the household unit across the world. The shift away from the nuclear family and toward more one-person households and single parents has implications for entire supply chains. Policy Analysis Blank (06/22)


9. 6 legal headwinds to manufacturing growth

C-Suite Brief | Jun 25, 2015

Rae Ann S. Johnson, vice president, general counsel and secretary
In the legal and regulatory issue of Compoundings magazine, Rae Ann highlights six issues influencing manufacturing this year, including the Department of Justice's rising penalties for bribery. Blog Blank (06/17)


10. MAPI Foundation's Meckstroth weighs in on fast-track's defeat

C-Suite Brief | Jun 18, 2015

The recent defeat of the fast-track trade bill was met with varying responses that ranged from dismay to relief. MAPI Foundation's Daniel Meckstroth noted that the "rest of the world has higher tariffs than we do. We'd end up giving up less than we'd get back." The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (06/12)




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