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March 7, 2013
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  MAPI Research and Insight 
  • Europe's recession deeper, crisis resolution far from over
    Krzysztof Bledowski, Ph.D., senior economist
    In this audiovisual presentation, Kris provides detailed manufacturing production by industry forecasts for both the Eurozone and Central Europe. The Eurozone will remain in recession for most of this year, as will the Czech Republic and Hungary. MAPI expects only a gradual improvement in the Eurozone's industrial sectors for 2013. Meanwhile, the Baltics, Slovakia and Poland have remained resilient in the face of headwinds from the financial crisis. All economies in Central Europe are under pressure to consolidate their fiscal accounts, which will further dampen expenditures. Economic Update LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  MAPI Analysis and Citings 
  • MAPI forecasts rosy manufacturing activity in 2013-2014
    U.S. manufacturing activity is predicted to rise 2.2% this year and 3.6% in 2014, according to a Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation report. "Consumer deleveraging is close to an end; there are definitive signs of improvement in the housing market, especially on the supply side; and there is moderate job growth, pent-up demand and the potential for spending that was previously postponed," said Daniel Meckstroth, MAPI chief economist. The Journal of Commerce (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Industry 
  • Kashmerick, DOD developing new 6-cycle engine
    Kashmerick Engine Systems and the Department of Defense are developing a six-cycle engine that provides flexible fuel capability, the possibility of lower emissions, better thermodynamic efficiency and less noise. The K6-Cycle System could eventually create a reduced carbon footprint for smaller utility engines, making it a good alternative to four-cycle engines. (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Allison Transmission unveils truck hybrid propulsion system
    Allison Transmission Holdings is introducing its H 3000 hybrid propulsion system, which will capture and use wasted energy and improve the flexibility and performance of medium- and heavy-duty trucks for use in distribution, refuse, shuttling and utility work. The system includes a motor-generator, power electronics and lithium-ion cell battery packs that enable vehicles to target the specific optimal amount of energy capacity. (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership and Strategy 
  • How to run a company full of productive geniuses
    Good leadership is not only about unlocking your workers' talents, but managing them for the best cohesive performance, says John Peoples, vice president of global franchise marketing and innovation at Merck Consumer Care. The key, Peoples says, is "trying to find a unique perspective in each one of the people who make up the organization and figure out how all of those unique perspectives work together." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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