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3D Printing and Supply Chain Management

3D printing has captured the imagination of the media and the financial markets; prognosticators are predicting a fundamental disruption in the manufacturing paradigm, from mass production to mass customization. Are we finally achieving the "lot size of one" that Taiichi Ohno envisioned when creating the Toyota Production System? Will factories disappear as the "maker movement" drives demand toward custom-designed items created on 3D printers in the home? How will these changes affect the industrial supply chains?

The answers are "yes," "no," and "profoundly...in certain cases." As with many other new technologies, forecasters overhype the changes while naysayers ignore the potential. Ultimately, we expect to see fundamental shifts in some supply chains but not others. To understand the phenomenon and evade the hysteria, we need only look at the history of a recent disruption: e-commerce. The potential of the Internet was initially overhyped, yet it has had profound-but not overwhelming-effects on most supply chains.
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ThomasNet

Are You Blocking Your Own Growth?

Look across from you. There's a Millennial sitting there, able to adapt to a fast-paced, technological world, willing to learn and take your company to the next level.
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Puget Sound Regional Council

IMCP: Washington State's Aerospace Agenda

The Obama Administration recently named the Puget Sound Region (Seattle metro) as one of the 12 designated Manufacturing Communities, as part of the second phase of the Investment in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program launched in September 2013.
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MADE IN AMERICA

LEEVAC: Ship Shaped

LEEVAC Shipyards, LLC is a full-service new construction and repair shipyard with three facilities strategically based in Louisiana to service Gulf coast operations with offshore supply vessels and platform support vessels, as well as a variety of other barge and specialty boats.

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Industry Spotlight

    Akebono: Brake-ing the Mold

    Akebono is in the midst of its 85th year in business, a company that took root in Japan in 1929, but has slowly expanded its influence and impact across the world over the years to become the global enterprise it is today.

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IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS

Cascade Aerospace

Taking Flight

"This is the year Cascade Aerospace takes flight." Those are the words of Benjamin Boehm, executive vice president and COO of Cascade Aerospace, a Canada-based aerospace and defense contractor.

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Alto Cafezal

International Espresso

Alto Cafezal exports coffee to Asia, Europe and North America. The Brazilian company, that celebrated 40 years of business in 2012, produces high-quality, semi-washed and natural coffee.

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BECCAR

Innovative Buses

A focus on design has led CARROCERIAS HERMANOS BECERRA, S.A. de C.V., a Mexican company that produces urban and intercity buses, to the number one position in its industry.

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Loftware

An Urgent Call to Action Leads to Labeling Optimization

Chemical industry innovators have been responsible for major product breakthroughs in a wide variety of industries throughout history.
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CASAALTA

The Big Build-Up

In Brazil's rapidly expanding lower-income housing segment, no construction company is growing more astronomically than the largely unheard of family-owned firm of CASAALTA. Co-founder and president Juarez Wieck explains to Michael Sommers why business - and buildings - are booming like never before.

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Alston & Bird LLP

Alameda County's Drug Take-Back Ordinance

On September 30, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld Alameda County’s Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance—a first-in-the-nation pharmaceutical extended producer responsibility program. There is a growing drumbeat of support for laws that place the primary responsibility for end-of-life management of products on their manufacturers. (See our earlier advisory.) With this Ninth Circuit opinion, the floodgates are now open for similar pharmaceutical take-back initiatives in California and across the country, as well as additional extended producer responsibility laws for a vast array of consumer products.
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Aggreko

New Power Generation

With over 200 service centres globally, Aggreko is the world's leading supplier of temporary power generators. Accounting for 10 percent of its global business, Aggreko Brasil is enjoying more success than the country's 2014 World Cup team; while the Seleçã o was defeated, Aggreko, the official temporary power supplier at the event, emerged a winner.

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OTR Wheel Engineering

Rolling Success

Named as one of Inc.com's "5000 Fastest-Growing Companies" last year, OTR Wheel Engineering represents a company that has been around for a couple of decades, yet continues to accelerate through a focus on innovation and superior service.

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Cristal Alimentos

Precisely Rice

A pioneer in the introduction of grain selection technology, Cristal Alimentos is among Brazil's leading producers of rice. Reuben Ford discovers how careful commitments to quality and precision production have resulted in almost 60 years of success.

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Douglas Machine

The Whole Package

2014 marks the 50th year Douglas Machine has been in business, and while the company began in humble roots, today it represents a North American leader in the design and production of high-quality packaging solutions for paperboard, corrugated, and shrink film.

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Fisher Barton

Blades of Steel

For over 40 years, Fisher Barton Blades has produced some of the best lawn mower blades for the agricultural industry's leading outdoor power equipment manufacturers.

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L-3

Mechanisms of Power

Combat Propulsions Systems, a division of L-3 Communications based out of Muskegon, Mich., is an industry leader in the design, development, manufacture, assembly, and test of military engines, transmissions, suspensions, and turret drive systems for tracked combat vehicles.

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