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Is Entrepreneurial Spirit Losing Steam?

Since 2006, the annual number of new US-based start-up companies that create jobs for more people than just the owner has dropped by 27%, according to a recent Kauffman Foundation study. In a recent column, Bloomberg Businessweek writer Chris Farrell used…
Since 2006, the annual number of new US-based start-up companies that create jobs for more people than just the owner has dropped by 27%, according to a recent Kauffman Found… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/entrepreneurial-spirit-losing-steam/

Coping with Global Regulatory and Political Risk

As manufacturing becomes increasingly global, it's critical that executives understand the regulatory and political environments in which they and their partners operate overseas. Failure to do so can undermine brands and curtail production.
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Is Automation Technology Consistent with Lean?

How can investments in automation technology be justified within the context of a lean manufacturing organization?
How can investments in automation technology be justified within the context of a lean manufacturing organization? Should equipment utilization be the principle justification? How… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/automation-technology-consistent-lean/

Can Auto Sector Buffer Mexican Manufacturing?

Mexico's manufacturing sector is showing signs of significant slowdown due to economic uncertainty and weakening growth in its main trading partner across the border, the US. But its auto sector is still enjoying exceptional growth and looking forward to …
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Does What's "Made in China" Profit the US?

How much of what US consumers spend on goods that are "Made in China" ends up in the pockets of Chinese manufacturers, and how much pays for the domestic distribution, sale, and support of foreign-made goods in the US?
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Value Maximizing Acquisition Integration

A three-page excerpt from a guidebook profiling Cisco and its best practices Value Maximizing Acquisition Integration. Value Maximizing Acquisition Integration from Frost & … http://www.gilcommunity.com/docs/value-maximizing-acquisition-integration/

Welcome Demetri Zervoudis, Senior VP and Head of Global Production and Technology of Bayer MaterialScience LLC

Demetri Zervoudis is Senior Vice President and Head of Global Production and Technology for Polyurethanes at Bayer Material Science LLC.
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Welcome Ron Bullock, Chairman of Bison Gear and Engineering Corp.

Ron Bullock is Chairman of Bison Gear and Engineering Corp., manufacturer of electric motors, gear-motors and reducers in St. Charles, Illinois. Mr. Bullock has been with Bison since 1981, and his career in the power transmission industry encompasses posi…
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Inventory and the Economy

As the world’s economies try to sort out their future direction, manufacturers are struggling with forecasts and operations plans, trying to figure out the best path to follow. If demand is faltering, inventories should be trimmed and production held stea…
As the world’s economies try to sort out their future direction, manufacturers are struggling with forecasts and operations plans, trying to figure out the best path to foll… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/inventory-and-economy/

Can Manufacturing Really Be a Jobs Generation Engine?

As unemployment remains stubbornly high, the economic recovery stumbles, and the presidential election looms, urgent calls for the revival of manufacturing have begun to intensify. Manufacturing has traditionally been not only an unrivaled source of wealt…
As unemployment remains stubbornly high, the economic recovery stumbles, and the presidential election looms, urgent calls for the revival of manufacturing have begun to intensify… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/can-manufacturing-really-be-jobs-generation-engine/

Is the UK Bucking Eurozone Manufacturing Contraction?

Overall manufacturing performance across the 17-nation Euro-zone region went into contraction this month for the first time in two years, according to the latest Markit Manufacturing PMI figures.
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Connecting the Plant with the Outside World

There was a time not long ago when production and external-facing processes were largely disconnected. While production schedules were influenced by (often inaccurate) forecasts, manufacturers weren't expected to share detailed information about their pro…
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Is Manufacturing At Risk From A Financial Timebomb?

Turbulent political and financial instabilities over the last year – from the Japanese earthquake to the effects of the Arab Spring – have highlighted numerous risks for manufacturing supply chains across the world.
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Nominations Are Now Open for 2012 ML100 Awards (formerly PM100 Awards)

For the past seven years, you’ve known the industry’s premiere platform for recognizing achievements by manufacturing companies as the Progressive Manufacturing 100 (PM100) Awards.
PM100 Is Now ML100! For the  past seven years, you’ve known the industry’s premiere platform for  recognizing achievements by manufacturing companies … http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/nominations-are-now-open-2012-ml100-awards-formerly-pm100-aw/

Is the PC Dead?

Press report last week to the effect that Hewlett-Packard Co. is exiting the PC business seem to have jumped the gun a bit. This week, company executives said that (HP has made no decision to exit or sell its PC or tablet business. Instead, the company is…
Press report last week to the effect that Hewlett-Packard Co. is exiting the PC business seem to have jumped the gun a bit. This week, company executives said that HP has mad… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/pc-dead/

Don’t Fear Chinese Manufacturing. Embrace It.

A lot of people “blame” China for the difficulties Western manufacturing is facing. The dramatic declines in the number of factories and factory jobs in the U.S. and other developed areas are matched by the increasing amount of production taking place in …
A lot of people “blame” China for the difficulties Western manufacturing is facing. The dramatic declines in the number of factories and factory jobs in the U.S. and o… http://www.gilcommunity.com/blog/dont-fear-chinese-manufacturing-embrace-it/

M&A Activity Up Despite Rocky Economy

Although the shape and pace of the economic recovery remained uncertain during the second quarter of the year, manufacturers--particularly in North America--accelerated their merger and acquisition activity, according to a report issued today by Pricewate…
Although the shape and pace of the economic recovery remained uncertain during the second quarter of the year, manufacturers--particularly in North America--accelerated their merg… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/m-activity-despite-rocky-economy/

Growing SMBs Say Web Strategies Are Key

The Internet is an increasingly important source of revenue growth for small and medium-size manufacturers in the US, and many of them are beginning to pay attention to social media tools for business applications, according to a survey that was recently …
The Internet is an increasingly important source of revenue growth for small and medium-size manufacturers in the US, and many of them are beginning to pay attention to social med… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/growing-smbs-say-web-strategies-are-key/

Report: In 'Post-PC World,' Mobile Replaces Laptops

The digital age is entering the "post-PC world," according to new research from GlobalWebIndex (GWI) produced by Trendstream. PCs and laptops are being replaced by mobile handsets and tablets, as well as TV sets, as favorite go-to devices to access the In…
The digital age is entering the "post-PC world," according to new research from GlobalWebIndex (GWI) produced by Trendstream. PCs and laptops are being replaced by mobile handsets… http://www.gilcommunity.com/discussion/report-post-pc-world-mobile-replaces-laptops/

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