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Monthly Series: Manufacturing Matters with Cliff Waldman

Go beyond the mainstream media headlines with Cliff Waldman throughout his series on Manufacturing Talk Radio where he focuses on forces that are catalyzing rapid structural changes in the companies and sectors that comprise the dynamic manufacturing industry. Tune in on the last Tuesday of every month to hear the latest episode!

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Episode 540: Cliff Notes on the Global Manufacturing Picture for April 2021

In this episode of ‘Cliff Notes on the Global Manufacturing Picture’ host Cliff Waldman addresses two issues of importance to both the US manufacturing outlook and the broad US economic outlook. He first discusses the reasons that manufacturing growth has been slowing even as overall economic growth may be accelerating. Secondly, in light of concerns …

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Episode 532: Cliff Notes on the Global Manufacturing Picture for March 2021

On This Episode In this episode of ‘Cliff Notes on the Global Manufacturing Picture’ host Cliff Waldman explains that historic supply chain disruptions are currently the biggest threat to the ongoing manufacturing recovery. Cliff discusses the short-term stresses on supplier deliveries, inventory management and prices. He then explores the implications of the pandemic-related disruptions for …

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Episode 521: Cliff Notes on the Global Manufacturing Picture for February 2021

On This Episode In this episode of ‘Cliff Notes on the Global Manufacturing Picture’, host Cliff Waldman discusses the general state of the U.S. economy before reviewing the latest data on U.S. manufacturing growth. Cliff overviews the transitional issues that manufacturers will confront as the pandemic abates and the world economy achieves a post-crisis balance. …

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Episode 511: Cliff Notes on the Global Manufacturing Picture for January 2021

On This Episode In this first 2021 episode of “Cliff Notes on the Global Manufacturing Picture”, host Cliff Waldman reviews the final manufacturing data for 2020, places 2020 in the context of US manufacturing history and offers a forecast for 2021. Cliff also discusses the longer-term manufacturing outlook as well as post-pandemic structural issues, which …

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Episode 498: Cliff Notes on the Global Manufacturing Picture for December 2020

On This Episode In this live, year-end episode of ‘Cliff Notes on the Global Manufacturing Picture’, host Cliff Waldman interviews Dr. Chad Moutray, Chief Economist of the National Association of Manufacturers, on his recently published paper which considers the post-pandemic future for U.S. manufacturing. The interview touches on the outlook for 2021 US manufacturing growth. …

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Industry 4.0

The Drivers of Manufacturing Industry 4.0

by Josh Hamlin Since the dawn of industrialization, advances in technology have led to multiple industrial revolutions. The term Industry 4.0 refers to the 4th revolution that is upon us. During these past 2 centuries, …

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Study Finds $50B in Chip Funding Would Boost Jobs in Construction and Design

The semiconductor shortage, which has paralyzed many different industries, has several experts encouraging the U.S. to address this seemingly critical weak point by increasing domestic chip funding. While President Biden has promoted a $50 billion …

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Trump Aluminum Tariffs Revived U.S. Industry, Says Think Tank

During his presidency, many critics of President Trump raised concerns over the string of tariffs raised as part of his economic policy. Key among them was the 10% increase of aluminum, which went into effect …

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Episode 442: Cliff Notes on the Global Manufacturing Picture

On This Episode In this episode of ‘Cliff Notes on the Global Manufacturing Picture’, host Cliff Waldman reviews the April data on US retail sales as well as the April manufacturing report from the Institute for Supply Management and the April industrial production report from the Federal Reserve. Against the backdrop of these data, which…

Episode 437: Manufacturing Matters: The April Jobs Report

Total nonfarm payroll employment fell by 20.5 million in April. Unemployment rose by 14.7 percent. The April jobs report, released this Friday morning at 8:30 am ET, shows labor market conditions that nobody alive today has ever seen before. Cliff Waldman, National Economists Club Board of Governors Chair, CEO of New World Economics and Host…

Episode 431: Cliff Notes On The Global Manufacturing Picture -The Deepening, Pandemic-driven Downturn In US Manufacturing

On This Episode In this episode of ‘Cliff Notes on the Global Manufacturing Picture’, host Cliff Waldman continues his discussion of the deepening, pandemic-driven downturn in the US manufacturing sector. He explores the data from the latest survey report from the Institute for Supply Management as well as the latest industrial production report from the…

Episode 421: Cliff Notes On The Global Manufacturing Picture: How The Coronavirus Crisis Is Impacting US Industry

On This Episode It is unlikely that very many economists ever thought they would have to contemplate the impact of a rapidly spreading, globally menacing pathogen on the economic outlook. But that day is upon us. Of course at Manufacturing Talk Radio, our focus is on the US manufacturing sector. In this episode of ‘Cliff…

Episode 419: Manufacturing Matters – How The Coronavirus Outbreak Will Effect The Electronics And Semiconductor Industries

On This Episode In this episode, Shawn DuBravac, Chief Economist of IPC, and Falan Yinug, Director of Industry Statistics and Economic Policy at the Semiconductor Industry Association, discuss the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on the electronics and semiconductor industries. Both guests respond to questions about fundamental price and employment outcomes but also discuss broader…

Episode 414: Manufacturing Matters: The Lean Manufacturing Paradigm

In This Episode In this episode, Ray Keefe, President of Lean Enterprise Strategies, LLC and former Vice President of Manufacturing for Emerson discusses the Lean manufacturing paradigm. After defining Lean and providing an overview of its progress in US manufacturing, Ray discusses Lean metrics and Lean benefits. He then explains the impact of digitization on…

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