November/December 2008 | Trade and Industry Development

November/December 2008

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November/December 2008

Metals, Plastics, & Logistics

In our Feature article on metals, William Hearn discusses how the metals industry is a broad manufacturing industry; he also cites other niche metals opportunity markets. If you're in the plastics industry, you'll definitely want to read our Feature article written by Michael P. Hickey. In his article, Mike discusses key drivers and factors for success in location strategies for the plastics industry. Then Kevin Mayer's Special Report, "The Vital Many," explains the basic structure of the polymer industry - one sector produces resins or raw plastics, the other sector processes raw plastics into finished products. If you're more into logistics, our Feature article by Leslie Rubin and Sarah Rubin is a must read. These two ladies teamed up to explain how you can impact your bottom line with economic incentives. This issue also boasts three Industry Outlooks: the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), and the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA).

In this issue

Manufacturing Remains Strong in a Challenging Economy

BY: Robert K. Simpson

Those of us in manufacturing are like everyone else these days – we wake up each morning and wonder what mind-boggling news awaits us about our economy. But despite the negative news, we believe American manufacturing is in a strong position.   That is not mere false optimism in the face of broad economic problems that are worse than any the United States has faced in two generations. Rather, it is a fact-based outlook grounded by data and global trends.   more....