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January 3, 2013
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  MAPI Research and Insight 
  • European industrial outlook
    Krzysztof Bledowski, Ph.D., senior economist
    The Eurozone is back in recession. This second downturn is wide-ranging and we see little support of aggregate demand. Regional differences in manufacturing performance persist, and total industrial output fell 2.3% in the third quarter in the Eurozone and 2.7% in the EU27. In the Eurozone, intermediate goods and consumer durables bore the brunt of output attrition in the third quarter. Somewhat surprisingly, production of capital goods has softened only slightly over the past year, buoyed by external demand from Asia and the Middle East. Economic Outlook LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Manufacturing activity December 2012
    Donald A. Norman, Ph.D., senior economist
    In this audiovisual presentation, Don reviews the most recent manufacturing data and discusses the volatility in U.S. manufacturing output growth due to Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately, 20 out of the 25 industry groups showed an increase in output in November, indicating broad gains throughout manufacturing. He summarizes MAPI's manufacturing growth forecast for 2013 and concludes with a discussion of the impact of the slowdown on manufacturing employment growth. Economic Update LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Manufacturing facts: Industry's share within countries declines
    This week's excerpt from The Facts About Modern Manufacturing: The share of an economy's value-added that is generated by manufacturing has been on the decline in the developed world for decades. In a nutshell, consumers increasingly demand services and producers make the necessary accommodations. But manufacturing in the United States plays a significantly reduced role in the economy relative to most of its industrial trading partners. Today, Germany's and Japan's manufacturing output relative to GDP stands some 7-8 percentage points higher than the American equivalent. Manufacturing Facts LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  MAPI Analysis and Citings 
  • Belden completes $43 million deal
    Missouri-based cable maker Belden has completed the sale of its Chinese consumer electronics assets to Shenzhen Woer Heat-Shrinkable Material for about $43.3 million, the company announced. The sale will allow the company to shift its focus "to areas of strategic relevance in Asia," said John Stroup, Belden CEO and member of MAPI's board of trustees. American City Business Journals/St. Louis (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Industry 
  • Analysis: Manufacturing industries were among 2012's growth leaders
    Manufacturing claimed five of the top 11 spots in Sageworks' list of the fastest-growing industries in 2012. Machinery and equipment wholesalers, machine shops, architectural and structural metals manufacturing and industrial machinery manufacturing all made the list, which the financial information company compiled using financial statements from privately held companies. Forbes (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Manufacturing's rebirth starts in the southern U.S.
    The manufacturing boom in the southern United States is aided by rising labor costs abroad, pro-business policies, a low cost of living in the area and a smaller union presence than in other areas of the country, writes NBC News contributor Michelle V. Rafter. Factory employment in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and Mississippi was above the national average for the year ending in October, and about 80% of new companies that came to North Carolina during that period were manufacturers, according to the state's secretary of commerce. NBC News (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Manufacturing in the Rust Belt is an economic "bright spot"
    States in the manufacturing-heavy Rust Belt improved economically as industrial production hit a four-year high. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio accounted for four of the top eight spots for the biggest gains in 2012's third quarter, according to the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States Index. "We're seeing the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing," said Comerica's chief economist, Robert Dye. "It's a potential bright spot, and it's one of the good news stories that's still out there for the U.S. economy." Bloomberg (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Evolving innovation and supplier relationships in 2013
    In the coming year, original equipment manufacturers in the automotive industry will relinquish some control of R&D, they will form more technology partnerships with suppliers and suppliers will have to handle more innovation costs, according to Booz & Co.'s 2013 Automotive Industry Perspective. To prepare for the impending changes, the report recommends that OEMs become more skilled at managing a broad innovation network, focus on internal and essential technologies, plan for flexibility in their evolving relationships with suppliers and become stronger in system and vehicle interaction. (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership and Strategy 
  • 3 ways businesses can help restore faith in capitalism
    The global financial crisis has caused many to lose faith in capitalism, write E.L. Rothschild CEO Lynn Forester de Rothschild and Peterson Institute for International Economics President Adam S. Posen. To help combat this, they say, companies should better support the productivity of small and medium-sized suppliers, improve efforts to match workers with available jobs and reorient power within their organizations so investors and boards become stronger. The Wall Street Journal (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Visual workplace upholds Golden Rule
    Ohio-based sealing solutions company Sur-Seal is a visual workplace that uses displays and visual aids to communicate instructions to workers. That's because the company's director of enterprise excellence, Mick Wilz, struggles with dyslexia. Wilz says that treating workers the way he would want to be treated and giving people chances to offer input and improve their performance have helped the company excel. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Rose Kennedy,
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