An October Manufacturing Engineering (ME) article shows that U.S. automotive sales, as well as the percentage of vehicles made in the U.S., has been steadily climbing in recent years. If the U.S. automotive industry hits forecasts of 16.4 million car and truck sales this year, the article notes, it’s likely that the number of vehicles built in North America will surpass 13 million in 2014 for the first time in a decade. According to IHS...
According to the October 2014 issue of Manufacturing Global magazine, the global recession and threat of unemployment after graduation has prompted many students to enroll in vocational courses or embark on apprenticeships. Manufacturing Global also notes that economic growth means employers in the manufacturing sector in particular are seeking to hire more staff. As noted in the article, a July report from business consultancy service...
According to the feature article of Manufacturing Engineering (ME) magazine’s October 2014 issue, implementing the latest machine tool data collection and monitoring systems gives manufacturers key insights that can improve factory processes. The article notes that today’s shop-floor data management software and related hardware solutions allow manufacturers to leverage more key production performance data than ever in order to streamline...
According to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), workplace-related injuries have seen a small decline in recent years.  Preliminary figures show the rate of fatal work injuries for U.S. workers in 2013 was 3.2 per 100,000 full-time workers, compared to 3.4 per 100,000 in 2012. While final 2013 data has yet to be released (forthcoming in spring 2015), key...
A new automotive study from Deloitte shows that the mobility landscape is evolving, affording consumers more choices than ever before in meeting their transportation needs.  The “2014 Global Automotive Consumer Study” indicates that shifting consumer demands may impact the ways in which automotive companies engage with their customers. To develop an understanding of the factors influencing consumers’ mobility choices as new...
PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Manufacturing Barometer from Q2 2014 shows industrial manufacturers are prioritizing the need for skilled labor employees, despite an overall decline in the percentage of manufacturers hiring new talent.  The quarterly business outlook report notes 48% of manufacturers plan new net hiring over the next 12 months, 8 points below Q1 2014, but 6 points about a year ago (42%). Recent research shows more than...
According to The Wall Street Journal’s Experts Series, an exclusive group of industry and academic thought leaders who weigh in on the latest industry debates, three core drivers will enable the expansion of U.S. manufacturing in years to come. Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director at McKinsey & Co., outlines the three primary drivers as the following. 1) the cost of key inputs falling (e.g., the shale gas boom that has reduced the...
New research from KPMG indicates Canadian manufacturers are increasingly moving operations “on-shore” in North America, due to rising energy costs and increased inflation in low-cost jurisdictions like China and India. The “Canadian Manufacturing Outlook 2014” report says Canadian manufacturers will be able to take advantage of this trend because of their proximity to the U.S. and reputation for making higher quality goods. A CBC News...
A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute (HRI) projects a 6.8% growth rate for healthcare spending in 2015, a slight uptick from the 6.5% during 2014.  To compile data for the report, HRI interviewed industry executives, health policy experts, and health plan actuaries; HRI also analyzed results from PwC’s 2014 Touchstone Survey of more than 1,000 employers from 35 industries. Findings from the...
According to a new report from PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), 3D printing adoption (3DP) is on the rise in the manufacturing industry. The “3D Printing and the New Shape of Industrial Manufacturing” report shows 67% of manufacturers surveyed are currently implementing 3DP either by experimenting with the technology or by using it for prototypes or final products. One in four respondents said they plan to adopt 3DP in some way in the future. ...

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