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Archive for March, 2011

The $30,000 Can of Coke

Someone in one of my Linkedin groups recently posed a question about whether or not the rest of us thought the slow erosion of manufacturing in America was the product of, at least in part, bad management.   The divide was pretty dramatic and the debate between the members of the group was spirited, to say [...]

Why China is Vulnerable (Part 4 of 4)

Part four of a four-part series on why China’s role as a dominant force in the world of manufacturing may not be as long-lived or secure as many believe. Part One — Reasons #1-2 Part Two — Reasons #3-4 Part Three — Reasons #5-6 Reason #7:  Inflation As China continues to industrialize, banks in the [...]

From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (3/25/2011)

Here’s what I hearing and reading about this week in manufacturing: Despite an unexpected half-tick downward in factory orders for durable goods, one economist remains bullish on the U.S. economy’s foreseeable future.  As Ian Sheperdson told a Bloomberg Radio audience last week, “I don’t see much wrong with the manufacturing sector.” The Providence Journal offered [...]