Global Economy, Economic Environment, Growth & Innovation, Research & Development, Research, Innovation
While measuring potential GDP—the maximum output achievable without provoking inflation—is not an exact science, it is clear that U.S. potential has slowed significantly since the 1980s and 1990s. Slower labor force growth and productivity are causing the sluggishness, although it is likely that government statistics do not accurately account for several types of 21st-century innovation.
The U.S. global trade deficit in manufactures rose substantially in the third quarter and despite some moderation in Chinese trade, the gap between the two countries continues to widen, according to an analysis from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.
Global Economy, Economic Environment, Operations, Manufacturing, Production
Following is an analysis from Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D., vice president and chief economist for the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, regarding the October 2015 Institute for Supply Management (ISM) report.
Global Economy, Competitiveness, Operations, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Footprint, Reshoring/Nearshoring
A new study produced by MAPI and Deloitte draws on a survey of global manufacturers to offer insights into which new markets manufacturers plan to enter in the next five years. As might be expected, the United States and China should see the greatest number of investments in existing operations by 2020. Various countries in Asia and South America should see increases in new project investments.
Over the last 20 years, the growing global economy has allowed manufacturers to enter new markets to serve an increasingly global customer base while also shortening supply chains and reducing cost structures.
U.S. exports of manufactures in July were $94 billion, down 4% from 2014, imports were $153 billion, up 1%, and the trade deficit soared to $59 billion, up by 11%, continuing the double-digit deficit growth during the first half of the year, as analyzed in the MAPI second quarter report on U.S.