Risk & Compliance, Environmental Management, Environmental Regulations & Compliance, Federal Environmental Regulations, EPA Compliance, Environmental Resource Management, Energy Management, Alternative Energy, Waste Management
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Christmas gift came early this year in the form of President Obama’s reelection. His victory paved the way for more stringent industrial environmental policies, and EPA’s eagerness to impose them means it will most likely be a “December to Remember” for the manufacturing industry.
Finance, Tax, U.S. Tax, Federal Tax Rules & Regulations, U.S. Tax Policy, Global Economy, Competitiveness, Foreign Trade, Imports & Exports, Government Policy
The campaigning and election are (at long last) over; the electorate has spoken. Time for President Obama to turn his full attention to the economic recovery, and more specifically to helping build a stronger, more dynamic American manufacturing base. The pro-manufacturing initiatives of his first term—and there were actually quite a few, including creating an Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a manufacturing skills certification system in community colleges, and a National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute—were sensible, but they were baby steps.
On August 22, 2012, after 18 years of negotiations, Russia became the 156th formal member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). With the world’s ninth largest market, a $1.9 trillion economy, and—with a population of 140 million—Europe’s number one consumer market, Russia was the largest economy in the world that was not a member of that august international trade governing body. As part of its accession package, Russia agreed to implement a host of economic reforms that will further open the country’s markets to the goods and services of its WTO trading partners, ensure greater respect for the rule of law, better protect intellectual property rights, and safeguard foreign investors.
In the months leading up to the September 11 violence in Cairo and Benghazi and later in Tunis, the International Monetary Fund, the United States, and a number of Gulf states were taking steps to shore up weak economies in all three of the Arab Spring countries.
Growth & Innovation, Marketing, Marketing Communications, Lead & Demand Generation, Social Media Management, Strategic Marketing
Over the last several years, the sales funnel has transformed. Customers are gathering more information than ever before, and by the time they contact a salesperson, they’re already evaluating several purchase options. This is upending how companies sell, how they market their value, and especially what kind of information they’re sharing with customers online. Social media is playing an integral role in this rapid change, so in August 2012 we surveyed chief marketing officers from leading B2B manufacturers to find out how they’re adjusting their approaches toward social media. Here’s a look at how some of our members are transforming their use of digital marketing, followed by an infographic with key takeaways from the survey.
The housing sector has been the poster child for the part of the economy that has lagged during the economic recovery. The housing bubble that existed prior to 2007 was characterized by buyers with no or a low down payment and teaser interest rate mortgages who bet on price appreciation as well as speculative investors hoping to “flip” their purchases amid rapidly rising prices. Low interest rates, falling lending standards, and creative financial engineering of collateralized mortgage instruments helped finance housing purchases. Further, government policy aided and abetted the housing mania. The result was a period in which additions to the housing stock exceeded what population demographics would dictate.
Finance, Tax, U.S. Tax, Federal Tax Rules & Regulations, U.S. Tax Policy, Global Economy, Competitiveness, Government Policy, Money & Finance, Government Finance
The fiscal cliff is an unusually large number of contentious tax and spending laws set to expire December 31, 2012. These rules impact business as well as nearly every segment of the population. Collectively, the seven major initiatives amount to more than $600 billion, or about 4% of gross domestic product in calendar year 2013.
Global Economy, Competitiveness, Government Policy, Growth & Innovation, Research & Development, Research, Innovation
“Disruptive” by definition means to interrupt the norm. To ensure the future of manufacturing we must disrupt it. Thankfully, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) strongly agrees. Last month, PCAST published a Report to the President on Capturing Domestic Competitive Advantage in Advanced Manufacturing. The report presents 16 specific recommendations to “set the stage for advanced manufacturing to thrive in the United States.”
Manufacturers can help policymakers better understand their needs: first, by helping lawmakers gain a true appreciation for manufacturing's importance to economic growth; and second, by alerting them to the very real challenges that American manufacturers face, many of which stem from negligence on the part of policymakers. To this end, MAPI has done the research for NAM's 9th edition of The Facts About Modern Manufacturing, a snapshot of how American manufacturing is faring in this evolving global marketplace.
Global Economy, Competitiveness, Government Policy, Operations, Supply Chain
With its Plan Nord, the Quebec government has committed to generating CAD 80 billion in investment over 25 years in the north of the province, including several billion public dollars to build core infrastructure and improve local socioeconomic conditions. The area’s resources include 75,000 square miles of commercial forest; vast hydroelectric, wind, and solar power potential; unspoiled landscapes and wildlife to sustain tourism; and important mineral resources—including rare earth elements.