It’s official: fourth quarter data have confirmed that Europe’s economy is headed south faster than expected. Both the GDP and industrial statistics paint a picture of a sharp downturn that has already turned into double-dip recessions in about half a dozen countries.
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, one of the victims of increasing security concerns in the United States was Canada-U.S. trade. "Security trumps trade" became the new U.S. policy principle as myriad additional verifications of freight and individuals crossing the Canada-U.S. border were put in place to protect against potential terrorist threats.
In a recent survey of 60 executives from several MAPI councils, 40% of respondents said that counterfeit versions of their products are a significant problem. But as one R&D executive told us, "It's hard to put a value on the true cost of counterfeiting, since the degree is only what you are aware of and what you find."
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The facts are in. The statistics are clear. Old manufacturing processes and procedures are out. New less-water-wasting, lower-energy-using, conflict-and-child-labor-free manufacturing is in. What better time than now to proclaim 2012 as the year of the sustainable manufacturer?