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February 8, 2012
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download_now Leaders: Change the Rules, Rule the Future

The 8th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit will take manufacturing executives on a journey into our industry's future by exploring the impact of increasingly flatter and collaborative organizations, new business models to exploit high-growth markets, new ways of organizing production globally, build-to-demand supply chains, advanced workforce skills, and the megatrends of social enterprise, mobility, and cloud computing. Join us at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida for an unforgettable experience. Learn more and receive a special $400 off VIP rate >


GE Barometer: Executives Believe Innovation and Growth Go Hand-in-Hand
However, uncertainty in the global economy is curbing their companies' appetites for risk and making it harder for them to find capital.

Perhaps more than ever, business executives around the world believe that innovation and growth are inextricably linked. That's the conclusion of General Electric's second-annual "Global Innovation Barometer," in which 92% of executives said innovation is the main ingredient of a more competitive national economy and 86% agreed that innovation is the best way to create jobs in their respective countries. The survey of 2,800 senior executives in 22 countries also found that markets where the business community is most satisfied with the perceived political and social environment for innovation delivered higher GDP growth (5.19% average) than those markets where businesses feel anxious or threatened by policies (2.32% average). Click to continue.

Continuous Improvement

Maintenance Best Practices -- Forward to the Basics with Grease Guns
Employ these tips to take your asset management strategy to a more precise and effective level.

Quality is Every Workers' Focus at Life Technologies
Self-empowered work teams take ownership of product quality.

Box-Swap Process Helps GM-Fort Wayne Keep on Truckin'
The plant came up with a 'creative process' to accommodate heavy-duty pickup trucks that were too large for its conveyance system, plant manager Mike Glinski says.

Supply Chain

China's Trade Practices Hurting Tier 1 and Tier 2 Automotive Suppliers
The reports point to the need for government intervention 'to challenge these abuses before they completely undermine the job recovery underway in the U.S. auto industry.'

Compliance in a Complex Global Supply Chain World
Manufacturers should shift compliance activities as far forward in the process as possible.

How Tier 1 Automotive Suppliers Are Leading Consumers Toward Innovation
From seats that automatically adjust based on traffic conditions to vehicle-body absorbers that limit shock to struck pedestrians, suppliers are doing a much better job of getting in front of consumer expectations.


Offshore Wind Farms in U.S. Gain Key Approval
Obama administration moves forward with leasing process in mid-Atlantic region.

Warm Winter Pushes Exxon Toward Natural Gas Liquids
The lack of demand has pushed gas prices down, forcing many natural gas companies to move toward liquids-rich shale-gas resources.

Does Wind Power Breeze Through Regulatory Reviews?
The oil and gas industry has complained that the administration has been slow to approve development on federal lands, particularly in the west, as well as offshore leases.

Web Events

NEW IndustryWeek Online Training: A World-Class Safety System
Learn the fundamental strategies behind the safety culture at Milliken & Co., a manufacturer that has 90% fewer safety incidents than the national average. Explore the details during this 3-hour IndustryWeek online training on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

This online training program applies to CEOs, COOs, VPs, site management, corporate safety directors, and other managers. Through real-world examples from Milliken practitioners, you'll learn about the role of leadership in the safety process, how to create and train safety sub-committees, and how to keep driving safety improvements. Just $199 trains your whole team! Learn more now!

Webinar: Your Next Steps With Lean
Implementing a few Lean tools is easy, but the key is keeping them going over time. What are the next steps on your Lean journey? How can your small or midsize company implement Lean tools, and how do you sustain the improvements? During this free IndustryWeek webinar on Feb. 8, hear from Toyota Production System veteran John Veatch, who has helped Toyota's Georgetown, Kentucky facility -- as well as hundreds of small and midsize businesses -- embrace Lean concepts. Register now!

Sponsored White Papers

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IW Best Plants Conference

Win a $400 Travel Voucher!
Help spread the word that that early-bird savings for the 2012 IW Best Plants Conference ends on February 14 and you could win a $400 Continental Airlines gift certificate! This year's agenda includes keynotes from executives at Ford, Vermeer Corp., Dow, General Cable and Suncor Energy; over 50 experts speakers; ten plant tours to choose from; and an opportunity to "play" on this year's Super Bowl field. Simply tweet or share us via Twitter or Facebook following these easy steps: Enter the sweepstakes. No purchase necessary. For official sweepstakes rules, click here.

Manufacturing Poll

Is Manufacturing Dead in America?
In a recent article for, Michael Newkirk asks: "Is manufacturing dead in America?" What do you think?
  • Yes
  • No
  • It's on life support
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After you have voted, discuss this topic in the forums.

See the results of the last poll: If elected (or re-elected), which presidential candidate would provide the most support to American manufacturing?

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