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ARC Advisory Group

2015-2050: A 35-Year Manufacturing Forecast

The ARC Advisory Group recently released a new report entitled, "The Future of Manufacturing: Scenarios for Investment in Manufacturing through 2050," detailing and forecasting the next 35 years of manufacturing around the globe.

"The report indicates which strategies manufacturers should follow in different types of economies to improve competitiveness, and in which industries the chance for growth are the highest," says Valentijn de Leeuw, one of the authors of the report, who adds, "The report provides support for manufacturer's long term strategic planning. The list of factors we developed, that shape the future and the scenarios used, can complement company input to strategic planning. The broader the input, the more solid the scenario’s developed."
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NC State ISE

Customizing Manufacturing's Future

The overall nature of manufacturing has begun to shift, with mass production potentially taking a backseat to mass customization.
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Next-Generation Manufacturing

Customer-focused Innovation and What to Get Right

The need to quickly uncover and react to customer demand, leaves manufacturers scrambling to protect intellectual property, define relationships via technology agreements, and figure out Big Data.

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Manufacturing Day 2014

Capturing the Youth

Manufacturing in the U.S. has always been a staple of American culture, beginning with the establishment of the first cotton spinning mill in Rhode Island in the late 18th century, continuing through the coal and steel booms in Pennsylvania in the 19th century, and the rise of the automotive industry in Michigan in the 20th century.

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    BTI Breaker Technology: Breaking It Down

    Canadian-based Breaker Technology Inc. is a leader in manufacturing equipment that can bust through rock on tough terrain.

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Global Outlook

    Art of Investing

    Art of Investing in America

    Chinese investors have built up $3.7 trillion in reserves, ripe for investment in American businesses. But six major legal hurdles stand in the way.

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Zodiac Aerospace

Structures of the Zodiac

Zodiac Advanced Composites and Engineered Materials (ZACEM), a business unit of C&D Aerospace (in turn, a subsidiary of global conglomerate Zodiac Aerospace) makes advanced composite primary and secondary structures, engineered raw materials and plastics components for demanding commercial and military aerospace applications.

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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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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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Jaraguá Equipamentos

Fully Equipped

Leading the Brazilian market in the design, logistics, manufacturing, assembling, construction and maintenance of industrial projects, Jaraguá Equipamentos offers clients the fully engineered package, working on EPC/turnkey basis. Specialists in production and implementaton of equipment for the petrochemical industry, the company boasts a portfolio that projects $500 million in 2012 revenues, Reuben Ford reports.
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M-D Building Products

Weathering Heights

Oklahoma is the home of M-D Building Products, a company initially formed to keep out dust that has grown to become a national home products producer. Lorie Greenspan has the story.
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Plena Alimentos

Beef Experts

As the world's biggest producer of beef, Brazil is home to many specialists in the industry. One of the market leaders is setting the standards in investment and strategy to ensure constant improvement and evolution. Reuben Ford analyzes a unique approach.

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Siemens Energy Inc.

In Foreword Thinking Mode

Siemens, driven by its commitment to sustainability, decided to gauge which way the wind blows. In the process, it perceived environmental concerns and established itself as a wind-power leader.

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Augusta Fiberglass

An American Success Story

Engineering and manufacturing some of the world's largest fiberglass reinforced plastic equipment (FRP), Augusta Fiberglass represents a company today that has continuously succeeded in combining tradition and innovation into their production processes and final products. Steve Engelhardt reports.

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SOMAI

Laying Plans

One of Brazil's largest producers of eggs hatches plans to expand and improve business, with new imported technology, expanded infrastructure, and the introduction of new products. Reuben Ford analyzes a fresh, forward-thinking approach.

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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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Madison-Kipp Corporation

A New Video Star

A recent television spot advanced Madison-Kipp Corporation's national exposure. Not that the Wisconsin-headquartered business needs much help.

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Railex

Rail Excellence

One of the biggest questions in the manufacturing industry, particularly those involved in produce, has always been "How do I get my product from point A to point B, in as efficient a manner as possible?"

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