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November/December 2008
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).

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In this issue...

The metals industry is a broad manufacturing industry comprising activities from pipe manufacturing, rolling of steel, drawing of metals, and secondary smelting of steel, aluminum, copper and alloys. Metals manufacturing and manipulation is one of the most critical feeder industries to just about every other application as it represents a key intermediate good to most other manufacturing industries, from automotive, construction, transportation and wire, to the energy industry and even the medical device segment.   more...

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