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January 24, 2013
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  MAPI Research and Insight 
  • Industrial base metal market outlook 2013
    Yingying Xu, Ph.D., economist
    After a robust recovery during 2009-10, industrial base metal prices started to fall in 2011, and the downward trend continued through the second quarter of 2012 before leveling off in the third quarter. In recent months, there were some signs that metal prices have hit bottom and are starting to recover. This report covers six major base metals used widely in manufacturing production and provides detailed analysis and a near-term consensus price forecast for each metal. Economic Outlook LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mexico's reform momentum
    Fernando Sedano, Ph.D., economic consultant
    Mexico's prospects for reforms that would eventually unleash the country's economic growth potential are on the rise since Enrique Peña Nieto was elected president in July 2012. Since the election and taking office on December 1, 2012, the president has focused his energy on a host of proposals, including ambitious reforms that would shake up an economy that has shown disappointing results on the growth front for two decades. Lacking a majority in Congress, Peña Nieto has also spent significant time building a much-needed consensus for meaningful reforms. Issues in Brief LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Executive Summit: Connecting with the best thinking
    Our goal for the Executive Summit, to be held May 15-17 in Chicago, is for attendees to leave with a strategic vision, armed with answers to complex corporate challenges. According to Helmuth Ludwig, CEO of Siemens' Industry Sector, North America, innovation is key as manufacturing begins its renaissance and transformation. Register now and join us for Helmuth's presentation on the future of manufacturing innovation. Executive Summit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Manufacturing activity January 2013
    Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D., vice president and chief economist
    In this audiovisual presentation, Dan reviews the most recent manufacturing data and discusses the recent rebound in U.S. manufacturing output growth. Fortunately, 18 out of the 25 industry groups showed an increase in output in December, indicating broad gains throughout manufacturing. At this point, manufacturing production is about 73% recovered from the 2008-2009 recession. Dan also shares MAPI's manufacturing growth forecast for both 2013 and 2014 and concludes with a discussion of manufacturing employment growth. Economic Update LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Manufacturing facts: Among 9 largest trading partners, only France has higher structural costs than the U.S.
    This week's excerpt from The Facts About Modern Manufacturing: The excess structural cost burden facing the U.S. manufacturing sector more than offsets the competitive advantage it holds with regard to labor and capital costs. This "raw cost index" was just under $30 per hour in the United States, $3 less than the trade-weighted average of our nine largest trading partners. When the effects of higher structural costs are factored in, however, this cost advantage turns into a burden of $3 per hour. The excess corporate tax burden alone erases the U.S. manufacturing advantage, and the effects of employee benefits, torts and regulatory compliance simply add insult to injury. Manufacturing Facts LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  MAPI Analysis and Citings 
  • MAPI: Manufacturing in Latin America to grow 4% in 2013
    Manufacturing in Latin America can look forward to 4% growth in 2013 after seeing only a 0.5% increase in 2012, according to a new report from MAPI. The association's analysis projects that 16 industries in the area will experience growth this year, including food and beverages, motor vehicles and machinery. Among the region's major manufacturing countries, Brazil can expect 5.6% growth, Mexico 3% and Argentina 3.5%. Industry Today online (1/18) , IndustryWeek (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Industry 
  • Businesses continue challenges to SEC's mineral rules
    Businesses challenging the Securities and Exchange Commission's "conflict minerals" rules accused regulators of failing to conduct an adequate analysis of the rules' impact. The businesses alleged that the SEC admitted to not knowing whether the rules would actually benefit the people of central Africa. The rules are part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank overhaul and require companies to disclose use of tantalum, tin, gold and tungsten, sales of which are used to finance violence in the region. The Wall Street Journal/Corruption Currents blog (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expert panel: U.S. manufacturing has the potential to grow
    Disruptive technology, rising wages in China, reshoring, a resurgence of the automotive industry and development of shale gas reserves are all reasons to expect growth from U.S. manufacturing, according to a panel of experts at a Brookings Institution conference. However, national efforts must be made to prepare a skilled workforce in order to sustain the coming growth, the panelists noted. IndustryWeek (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lincoln Electric's Harris wins "Best Plants" recognition
    Harris Products Group, a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric, has achieved Industry Week's "Best Plants" recognition for innovative processes at its Mason, Ohio, facility. Harris has instituted a data-driven environment at Mason, keeping workers informed of details such as inventory and fill rates on a daily basis. IndustryWeek (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership and Strategy 
  • Practices that improve factory performance
    More manufacturing executives should make use of methods that are proven to improve factory performance, IndustryWeek's Patricia Panchak writes. She notes that several of those methods are outlined in a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, including using structured procedures to monitor performance, establishing incentives, encouraging higher rates of innovation and developing practices for faster re-employment. IndustryWeek (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How CEOs can better evaluate their companies' IT performance
    CEOs are often stymied from managing their companies' IT functions because they don't understand the technology or get resistance from those who do. CAST founder Vincent Delaroche explains that measuring IT efficiency is as important to CEOs as measuring production efficiency. He details steps a CEO can take to add more transparency to the IT department and better monitor its work. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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