|MAPI Research and Insight
China is the world's largest manufacturer, and by an increasing margin
Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D., vice president and chief economist
China has the largest manufacturing economy in the world, and it widened its lead over the U.S. in 2011. At its pace of growth over the decade ending in 2011, China's manufacturing value-added measured in dollars doubled every four years. When manufacturing value-added is normalized into a per capita metric, however, China's rank among global manufacturers falls to 11th. Policy Analysis
Executive Summit: Delivering on the promise of growth
Join us at our Executive Summit for the release of a report on how best in class manufacturers deliver on the promise of growth, and learn from the progressive management initiatives and innovative practices culled from a range of companies. The report, presented by Deloitte, will include a best practices playbook, case studies and a dataset of supporting quantitative information. Register now for the summit, to be held May 15-17 in Chicago. Executive Summit
The building blocks of regional competitiveness
Cliff Waldman, senior economist
Clusters -- a conceptual building block of regional economics -- were born on the pages of economic literature, but their identification and development is now essential for policy and planning in many states and localities. Cluster strength, as the emerging evidence is showing, has implications for regional and ultimately national competitiveness. On a gut level, manufacturers should understand the cluster concept very well given their production world of suppliers, customers, competitors, R&D laboratories, governmental organizations of various kinds and universities. Issues in Brief
Honeywell looks at potential acquisitions
Honeywell is looking to increase its acquisitions and has about 100 companies on its list of potential deals. The electronics giant is focusing on those that are less than $1 billion and easier to "Honeywell-ize," CEO Dave Cote said. The company has sold $6 billion in unwanted businesses and spent $10 billion on the acquisition of about 75 companies since Cote took the helm in 2002. Bloomberg
High-speed rail is good for Midwest manufacturing, report says
At least 460 manufacturers across seven Midwestern states could benefit from new business that would come from high-speed rail routes being built out of Chicago, the Environmental Law & Policy Center said in a report last week. "What we're seeing is that old-line Rust Belt manufacturers are making the equipment for modern new railcars," said the group's director, Howard Learner. "It shows that the federal investment in high-speed rail modernization is good for manufacturing jobs, good for economic growth and good for the environment," he added. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press
Inspiring innovation in organizations
In this TEDx speech, Ashley Haynes-Gaspar -- MAPI member and GE Oil & Gas chief marketing officer -- shows how we can be better innovators by learning a few simple lessons from our children. "Sometimes you need to just take a leap of faith and try something, simply because you have a belief that there's a better way to do it," she says. Watch the video.
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