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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 317: Manufacturing Matters: The NABE Policy Conference in Washington, DC

This unique episode of ‘Manufacturing Matters’ was recorded from the NABE Policy Conference in Washington, DC. Host Cliff Waldman moderated a session entitled ‘Innovation and the Future Geography of Global Manufacturing’. On the panel was Susan Lund, Partner at the McKinsey Global Institute, Mark Killion, Director of U.S. Industry at Oxford Economics and Ken Voytek,…

Episode 313: Manufacturing Matters – The Future of the Chemicals Manufacturing Industry

On This Episode Listen Now: In this episode Kevin Swift, Chief Economist of the American Chemistry Council, discusses the short-term and long-term outlook for chemicals manufacturing. Kevin also responds to questions about innovation, market concentration, and human capital in basic chemicals industries. The interview concludes with a discussion of the potential impact of demographic change on chemicals…

Episode 310: Manufacturing Matters – An Overview Of The Global Economic Environment

In this episode Manufacturing Matters host Cliff Waldman provides listeners with an overview of the global economic environment. Since 2016 the world economy has been a tailwind for U.S. manufacturers after years of post-financial crisis malaise. Unfortunately, in recent months there has been growing evidence of a global slowdown due mostly to weakening growth in…

Episode 301: Introducing Our Latest Podcast Series

About The Show Manufacturing Matters With Cliff Waldman goes beyond the main stream media headlines to focus on forces that are catalyzing rapid structural changes in the companies and sectors that comprise the dynamic manufacturing industry from new science, new markets, new economic thinking, new companies and new industries to such front-burner issues as the changing…

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