From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (12/1/2012)

I hope Thanksgiving was a happy one for you and yours, and that the Holiday season finds you as busy as many of us (gratefully) have been all year.  For the short week, just a few items of note:

Supply Chain News reports that, at least according to recent figures released by the Federal Reserve, American manufacturing still hasn’t made it all the way back.

Writing in OpEd News, blogger Richard Clark says that 3D printing is about to change the world.  Meanwhile, DVIRC says that what 3D printing could mean to the world of manufacturing is seismic.

Paul Studebaker, editor-in-chief of Sustainable Plant, asks “Who Will Save American Manufacturing?”

Durable good orders in this country fell flat in October.  Of course, that’s the half-empty glass take.  Using the exact same data, Industry Week claims U.S. durable goods orders were able to “hold steady” in October.

Some European companies are growing concerned over the gap in the price of electricity and other sources of power, due in large part to the spiking supply of cheap shale gas in the U.S.  Meanwhile the Deutsch Borse Group says in its newsletter that manufacturing is the U.S. is rising due to a “boom” in the production of inexpensive natural gas.

And not to be outdone, the Aspen Institute offers this brief analysis on what the recent energy boom has meant to U.S. manufacturing.

The libertarian newsletter, the Daily Reckoning offers Four Reasons to Remain Optimistic.

General Motors has announced plans to build yet another plant in a joint venture with China.

A blog on claims Mexico could become the new China.

Speaking of China, the Morning Whistle says that while China’s manufacturing finally turned it around last month (after 13 straight months of contraction), there remains at least one dark cloud on that sector’s horizon.

From a supply chain perspective, offers this brief, informative and, frankly, terrific Q&A with Chelsea C. (Chip) White, the Schneider National Chair of Transportation and Logistics in the School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech.




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