RTMA has developed a strategy to help its members compete in the
marketplace. It is focused on providing benefits in the following areas:
• Manufacturing Innovation
• Strategic Growth
• Workforce Development
• Access to Markets
• Political Advocacy
are partnering with the Rochester Institute of Technology’s
Golisano Institute for Sustainability to provide appropriate information
for state of the art manufacturing processes and product innovation. At
our monthly meetings, we have had presentations on topics such as
additive manufacturing analysis, robotics, automation systems, and clean
should attend these meetings so they are fully aware of approaches to
enhance their operations. Further, RIT’s Golisano Institute
for Sustainability also provides consultant services to implement
innovation, often supported by grant monies.
order to help members meet the challenges of the global marketplace,
the RTMA provides a variety of programs to assist manufacturers enhance
their knowledge, productivity and financial success. The
RTMA’s Core Value Program is a diagnostic tool which will
provide member companies information comparing them to their peers
regarding key performance measures. It identities both strengths and
weaknesses, and presents an opportunity to make strategic competitive
improvements leading to financial growth. Members can take advantage of
this program and improve profits.
the Fall, we will be offering a program with Rochester Institute of
Technology’s Saunders College of Business, to deliver a
program on strategic growth, which can assist our members improve
performance, expand their reach and grow profits. We will begin to
promote this program in late August.
Development has been the keystone in the arch of program services at
the RTMA. The RTMA provides an employee placement service in order to
assist its members in acquiring qualified skilled employees. Members can
use this program and meet their employment objectives.
a membership benefit, RTMA offers Tooling U Courses at no cost. Tooling
U is the nation’s number one manufacturing specific online
training service, providing real-world, practical, and technical
education with more than 400 unique online classes targeted to
engineers, machinists, press operators, assemblers, and industrial
MasterCam training is provided to members through OptiPro, a certified
reseller and training facility for MasterCam, the world’s most
popular CAD/CAM software.
To encourage education and training in precision machining, the RTMA offers several scholarships. Member employees are eligible.
are also providing assistance to help companies implement
apprenticeship programs. The RTMA serves as an intermediary sponsor and
coordinates among the employer, New York State Department of Labor, the
apprentice, and the training provider. This program has been a
tremendous success and members can meet their skilled labor needs by
ACCESS TO MARKETS
RTMA has created an internet marketing program. Its purpose is to
promote its members to the marketplace in order to attract requests for
quotes. In case you wondered where the RFQ’s are coming from,
they are coming to RTMA members via a page in its website. The RTMA
website highlights members’capabilities and provides a
searchable database of RTMA members.
RTMA is a member of the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State. The
Alliance works to advocate on behalf of the state’s
manufacturing community. It organizes a coalition of grass roots
efforts, meetings with legislators and key policy makers.
RTMA works with the Coalition for a Prosperous America to advocate for a
national manufacturing strategy and balanced trade policy to promote
american manufacturing. Our Executive Director is on its Board of
RTMA has established its own private health insurance exchange. We have
our own plans and have been able to save participating members millions
of dollars. We also offer additional insurances such as disability,
vision and dental. Members with 20 or more employees can benefit.
with USI Insurance, we provide a Workers Compensation Program which is
highly competitive, offering upfront discounts and group dividends.
RTMA members are also able to take advantage of a Staples discount on thousands of items for the office and breakroom.
The RTMA also offers monthly meetings which allow members to network with local suppliers and manufacturers.
guest speakers present on topics of interest such as OSHA Regulations,
leadership training, team building and strategic growth. The RTMA has
several special events. They include a June Golf Outing at Ridgemont
Country Club, a Fall Clambake and Golf Outing at Locust Hill and a
advantage of these benefits and opportunities that the RTMA presents to
its members. There’s something here for everyone and if you
have any questions about engaging in these benefits, contact our
Executive Director, Kevin Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-292-3761.
RTMA KeyNote Address:
fIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON WITH TARIFFS AND TRADE
RTMA is a member of the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA). CPA
has as its mission, the implementation of balanced trade policies for
domestic manufacturers. I am a member of the Board of Directors and have
been engaged over the years in lobbying our congressional
representatives to enact balanced trade policies. While we have had a
voice, it is only this year that we have been truly heard and seen
appropriate strategies and tactics employed by the Trump Administration
to address our trade deficit.
have had a number of conversations with members regarding the price of
steel and aluminum, with the inception of the Trump Tariffs. I have
called upon Michael Stumo, Executive Director of the CPA, to speak to
our membership on May 17th at the Burgundy Basin Inn. He will be
providing an update on the Trump Administration’s Strategy in
its campaign for balanced trade.
works closely with Trump Administration Officials, as well as
Democratic and Republican Members of Congress. He educates political,
media and business leaders on issues including trade imbalances, trade
enforcement, manufacturing policy and related issues. He knows what he
is talking about.
encourage you to attend the May 17th Meeting from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the
Burgundy Basin Inn and find out how Washington is affecting your
IMPROVING UPON TRUMP'S HIGH-RISK, LOW-YIELD CHINA TRADE
By RYAN HASS MAY 3, 2018
foundations of the United States-China relationship are as brittle as
they have been in decades. A confluence of factors from both sides of
the Pacific have pushed the relationship to its present precarious
point. China’s mercantilist economic policies bear a
significant brunt of the blame, along with China’s growing
military assertiveness, internal suppression of dissent,
non-responsiveness to legitimate U.S. concerns on trade, efforts to
influence American political discourse, and injection of ideological
tension into bilateral relations. Rather than pursuing a serious
strategy to tackle specific problems, though, the Trump administration
has embraced an undisciplined instinct for confrontation. Such an
approach will not generate greater Chinese responsiveness to U.S.
concerns, but it could do harm to American businesses and workers.
Washington, a lack of emphasis on policy coordination has enabled
various parts of the U.S. government to interpret Trump’s
rhetoric on China as permission to pursue their preferred initiatives.
The result has been a cascade of near-simultaneous actions—on
Taiwan, Tibet, trade, technology, law enforcement, and maritime
issues—which have overloaded the circuits in Beijing. Such an
absence of prioritization in the relationship has removed any pretense
of American seriousness in seeking to resolve specific problems, and
instead has reinforced suspicions in Beijing that America’s
efforts are animated by anxiety about its decline and China’s
trade issues, in particular, the Trump administration has not conveyed a
consistent, coherent narrative that defines specific concerns,
identifies clear objectives, and articulates a strategy for achieving
those objectives. Instead, President Trump has fixated on the trade
deficit, while his Treasury secretary has talked about negotiating a
deal with China, and his trade representative has harped on the need to
change China’s economic model. At the same time, President
Trump regularly talks in glowing terms about Xi Jinping as if he were
disconnected from the Chinese policies the administration opposes, thus
deflating the pressure American trade officials are trying to exert.
by taking new steps on Taiwan at the same time as threatening tariffs,
the Trump administration has diluted the focus on trade and diverted
Beijing’s concentration toward pushing back on Taiwan. Trade
and Taiwan compete for top billing in Beijing these days, to the
consternation of American trade hawks who are seeking to focus China on
its need to dismantle its industrial policies.
Chinese have responded with a combination of bewilderment and
steadfastness. In addition to concluding that Trump has little interest
in the substance of governing or little control over the levers of
power, many in Beijing also believe Trump lacks conviction to sustain a
strong push to alter China’s economic model. The mainstream
Chinese view is that Trump is a dealmaker in search of a better bargain
than his predecessors could secure, or at least one that could be
portrayed as better. But in the event the Trump administration organizes
itself to challenge China’s economic model, Beijing is laying
the groundwork to defend its economic system.
President Xi has begun girding the public for a fight. He has called
for China to stand firm, become more self-reliant, and reduce dependence
on the United States. Chinese state-controlled media have signaled that
the state-led sector will maintain a central role in the Chinese
economy, the Made in China 2025 initiative will stay intact, and the
state-backed Belt and Road Initiative will move forward. Xi also has
used U.S.-China trade tensions as a rallying call for China to
indigenize development of chips, semiconductors, and other inputs for
the high-technology industries of the twenty-first century.
So, why does it matter if the United States and China clash over trade issues, and what is a better path forward?
likely consequence of these dueling approaches will be a test of
political pain tolerance between Trump and Xi. Xi will enter the
challenge with the tools to: impose geographically targeted tariffs;
squeeze American firms operating in China using regulatory pressure
points; push down markets and shrink Americans’ IRA accounts;
paint the United States as the unilateralist instigator and China as the
“principled protector” of the global trading
system; and dilute American pressure on North Korea to denuclearize.
full control of his government and of the Chinese media narrative and
no referendum on his performance on the horizon, Xi believes he has an
advantage over Trump, who faces midterm elections in November and a
reelection campaign in 2020. Even though China would lose more in an
economic battle of attrition, Xi believes China’s political
system enables him to absorb more pain than Trump.
a domestic political perspective, Xi also benefits by standing firm and
enjoying the rallying effect of unified opposition to U.S. attempts
“to keep China down.” He puts himself in jeopardy if
he is seen as capitulating to pressure from Trump or overseeing the
collapse of the Chinese economy.
the same time, Trump also has major cards to play with China.
China’s comparatively low level of U.S. imports gives the
United States an advantage in tariff escalation because Beijing will run
out of targets before Washington. Washington also has ample room to
tighten inbound and outbound investment screening, and the ability to
further restrict the export of key inputs for China’s economic
modernization, thereby slowing China’s climb up the value
chain. Washington also could restrict visas for Chinese students,
including in STEM fields, to thwart the transfer of know-how, although
in practice, Chinese students would simply shift their attendance to
British, Canadian, Australian, and other universities and laboratories.
both sides commit to a race to the bottom, there would be no winners,
just losers. Such a downward spiral could lead to economic
disengagement, and over time, decoupling of the world’s two
largest economies and trading powers. An economic divorce would be
financially costly for both sides. It would produce in China a
generation of ill-will toward America paired with an overdose of
nationalism. An end to U.S.-China economic interdependence also would
deprive leaders in Washington and Beijing of a coolant for controlling
escalation when incidents arise.
these factors, the United States confronts a dilemma on trade. The
status quo—a Chinese state-led economic model that favors
national champions, disadvantages U.S. competitors, and distorts global
industries—is no longer acceptable, given the central position
that China now occupies in the global economy. A narrow deal for China
to buy American goods to temporarily shrink the trade deficit would be
tantamount to kicking the can down the road. And Washington’s
current approach of using high decibel unilateral threats to extract
Chinese concessions holds little hope of meaningful progress.
American market participants are hopeful that risk will be contained
because Trump routinely threatens extreme positions and then falls back
to conventional policy terrain, and also because personal chemistry
between Trump and Xi will put a floor under the relationship. While it
would be a mistake to ignore these factors, it might also be
naïve to rely upon them: particularly since Trump signed Taiwan
legislation during China’s National People’s
Congress—which many in Beijing interpreted as a
“slap in the face” for Xi —the likelihood
that Xi would do anything to make life easier for Trump has diminished
Washington is serious about altering China’s economic and
industrial policies, it must focus the relationship on these issues and
then redefine the costs/benefits for Beijing. On specific concerns,
Washington could use the threat of targeted sanctions to press the
Chinese to enter into time-bound negotiations to address solvable
problems. More broadly, the United States could muster a strong chorus
of countries and companies that each underscore to Beijing a uniform set
of specific priority requests about areas where it needs to adjust its
practices. In other words, Trump could shift the problem from a U.S. vs.
China contest of wills toward a world vs. China effort to create a
level playing field for all to compete fairly in the 21st century global
countries, not just the United States, are disadvantaged by
China’s unfair trade practices. Rather than confront the
challenge alone, the United States should work to address the problem as
a team sport. Doing so would be more effective and less costly than
hoping U.S.-China tit-for-tat tariffs do not do significant harm to
American workers but do lead to a change in China’s economic
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chINA SAYS 'bIG dIFFERENCES' WITH US REMAIN AFTER TALKS
By GILLIAN WONG, PAUL WISEMAN and DAKE KANG
(AP) — A list of hard-line demands that the Trump
administration handed China this week could make it even more difficult
to resolve a trade conflict between the world's two largest economies.
the view of trade analysts who say the U.S. insistence that Beijing
shrink America's gaping trade deficit with China by $200 billion by the
end of 2020, among other demands, are more likely to raise tensions than
to calm them.
U.S. official confirmed the authenticity of a document outlining U.S.
priorities that was presented to China ahead of two days of trade talks
that ended Friday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because
of the confidential nature of the talks.
Washington on Friday, President Donald Trump said, "We have to bring
fairness in trade between the U.S. and China, and we will do that."
Trump had campaigned for the presidency on a promise to reduce America's
trade deficit with China, which amounted last year to $337 billion in
goods and services.
will be meeting tomorrow to determine the results, but it is hard for
China in that they have become very spoiled with U.S. trade wins!" Trump
intensifying trade dispute between the United States and China has
rattled financial markets for weeks. In March, the Trump administration
slapped tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. China counterpunched
with tariffs on a range of U.S. products, including bourbon and blue
even higher-stakes fight looms over American allegations that China
steals technology and forces U.S. companies to hand over trade secrets
in exchange for access to the Chinese market. The United States is
considering imposing tariffs on up to $150 billion of Chinese imports,
and Beijing has countered with proposed tariffs on $50 billion in
American products, including soybeans and small aircraft.
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to avert a trade war, the United States this week sent a high-level
delegation to Beijing, led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. The
delegation included Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. Trade Rep.
Robert Lighthizer and Peter Navarro, a White House trade adviser and
hard-line critic of Chinese policies.
the talks ended, China's Commerce Ministry said the two sides had
agreed to establish a mechanism to try to resolve their dispute, though
differences remained, Chinese state media reported. The report did not
give specifics, suggesting that little progress had been achieved.
U.S. document is described, in an introductory disclaimer, as being
provided to the Chinese ahead of the visit to Beijing by the U.S.
officials. It included demands that China immediately stop providing
subsidies to industries listed in a key industrial plan. China must end
some of its policies related to technology transfers, a key source of
tension underlying the dispute, the list also says.
U.S. wants China not to retaliate against U.S. measures currently being
pursued against it. For instance, the U.S. says China should agree not
to target U.S. farmers or agricultural products and "not oppose,
challenge or otherwise retaliate" when the U.S. moves to restrict
Chinese investment in the U.S. in sensitive sectors.
analysts were struck by the aggressiveness of the Trump team's demands.
Eswar Prasad, a professor of trade policy at Cornell University, said
the hard-nosed approach "makes it harder to envision a path toward a
said the Chinese are open to negotiations on opening their market wider
and doing a better job of protecting intellectual property. "Beijing is
clearly in no mood, however, to meet the U.S. team's expectation of
capitulation in the face of threats of tariffs and other trade
sanctions," he said.
Cutler, a former U.S. trade negotiator who specialized in Asia, said it
was encouraging to see the two countries talking and trading proposals.
But she said the "kitchen sink" U.S. demands look unrealistic.
the U.S. is serious and wants all of this, it's hard to see a
constructive path forward," said Cutler, now vice president at the Asia
Society Policy Institute.
said the Chinese were likely to view the confrontational posture struck
by the U.S. as unreasonable and akin to bullying, potentially making it
difficult to tone down friction over such issues.
Miaojie, a professor at Peking University's National School of
Development, described some of the demands as "like lions opening their
it comes to negotiations, both sides can provide a list of requests and
we will seek common ground while reserving our differences," Yu said.
"If one side provides a list with unreasonable requests, the Chinese
government is unable to accept it."
won't be frightened by this kind of threat," wrote Hu Xijin, the chief
editor of the Global Times, a nationalistic tabloid affiliated with the
Communist Party mouthpiece, in a post on the Sina Weibo website. Hu said
he believed China would engage in talks seriously but also be fully
prepared for them to fail.
the list was welcomed by a U.S. business group which has lobbied the
Trump administration for greater clarity on what it wanted China to do.
Some groups had complained the administration was sending mixed
been saying that the Trump administration needs to define success and
what specific outcomes it is seeking," said Jake Parker, vice president
for China of the U.S.-China Business Council. The list submitted to
China helps "lead to a solution and avoid tariffs and other sanctions,"
The two sides "reached consensus in some areas," the official Xinhua News Agency said.
sides realized that there are still relatively big differences over
some issues and that they need to continue to work hard to make more
improvements," the report said.
was no immediate comment from the U.S. delegation. A motorcade was seen
leaving the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Friday afternoon and the group
departed China later in the day.
The list of U.S. demands was first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Friday.
dispute will be tough to resolve because the fundamental issue is that
the U.S. wants to stop China from moving up the so-called value chain as
it transforms into an advanced economy, said Louis Kuijs, head Asia
economist at Oxford Economics. But "there's no way that China's going to
change its strategy on that."
said the ball is now in the U.S. court on deciding whether the talks
were fruitful and merit more discussion or that they're stalled and
Washington needs to take more serious measures targeting China.
is "much more than just a trade dispute," Kuijs said. "This is very
much about economic strategy and the U.S. coming to grips with a big
country running its economy in a way that the U.S. is uncomfortable
with, and becoming successful, and starting to threaten U.S. dominance."
FEARS THAT CHINA HAS HURT INNOVATION IN THE WEST ARE OVERBLOWN
THE ECONOMIST MAY 3, 2018
concern about free trade with China has focused on the loss of
manufacturing jobs in America and Europe. Policymakers have an
additional worry: that China’s rise is hurting innovation in
the West. This fear is among the small set of issues that unites
American Democrats and Republicans. In 2016 Barack Obama’s
commerce secretary said that China’s state-driven economy
would weaken the world’s innovation ecosystem. Donald
Trump’s advisers allege that China makes it harder for foreign
firms to invest in innovation by squeezing their returns. Mr
Trump’s trade team was expected to raise this complaint, among
others, with Chinese officials during talks in Beijing on May 3rd and
4th, as The Economist went to press. There is one problem. Data suggest
that competition with China has coincided with more innovation in
America, not less.
relationship between competition and innovation is complex, even before
considering trade with China. Economists agree that the right
competitive landscape fosters innovation. But they disagree about what
exactly that landscape looks like. More competition might prod companies
to try harder to develop new products in the hope of gaining market
share. Alternatively, if competition is cut-throat, profits might
evaporate to the point that companies have little incentive to take
fear is that China generates the wrong kind of competition and stunts
the good kind. Businesspeople elsewhere worry that when the Chinese
government decides to fund this or that industry, investment soars and
margins collapse. Overcapacity in steel was caused in part by Chinese
investment in steel processing; semiconductor firms think their industry
might be next. At the same time, argues Robert Lighthizer, the US Trade
Representative, foreign companies that beat their Chinese competitors
are not adequately rewarded because China presses them to transfer their
two main academic papers on this question looked at the years around
China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation in 2001. Far
from settling the matter, they were contradictory. Economists studying
European companies found that competition from Chinese imports both
caused firms to improve their technology and led to a shift in jobs to
the most advanced firms. They concluded that 15% of the upgrading of
technology in Europe between 2000 and 2007 could be attributed to the
increase in imports from China. But economists examining the impact on
America argued that, on the contrary, Chinese competition had led
companies to spend less on research as profits fell. They calculated
that imports from China explained 40% of a slowdown in American
patenting between 1999 and 2007, compared with the preceding decade.
IMF has now weighed in with more recent figures. Its conclusion is
rather more cheerful, at least for those who think a trade war with
China is a rotten idea. In a report published in April the fund showed
that, following an extended period of decline, high-quality patents
granted to American companies had risen sharply between 2010 and 2014.
It also pointed to a big increase in American spending on research and
development during the same years—even as America’s
trade deficit with China rocketed (see chart). The growth in patents was
more sluggish in Europe and Japan. But both patents and research
spending soared in South Korea, the country most directly exposed to
manufacturing competition from China.
separate IMF working paper late last year unpicked some of what is
happening in America. Competition from Chinese imports has caused
research spending to be reallocated within certain industries, away from
also-rans and towards the most productive and profitable firms. At the
same time, many researchers left manufacturing industries and moved into
service sectors such as data-processing and finance. Both results are
consistent with an American economy that is playing to its strengths.
The IMF’s analysts concluded that Chinese imports were not a
threat to innovation in America, after all, and that policymakers could
take a deep breath. No loud inhaling sounds have yet been reported from
the White House.
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hOW cAN WE MAKE MANUFACTURING SECTOR "COOL"?
BY PAUL M. BANKS MAY 4, 2018
questions surround the manufacturing sector of the American economy
right now, and the need to confront these issues is an objective that
cuts across the entire political spectrum. While America may be united
in the goal of trying to resolve the issues plaguing manufacturing, the
different political factions of this nation couldn't disagree more about
what should be done.
are no easy answers of course, and every potential solution is
complicated, but the inaugural Financial Times Future of Manufacturing
Summit USA, held yesterday right here in Chicago, articulated what sort
of direction big business should take.
was held at the Hilton Towers on South Michigan Ave, and it featured an
impressive list of guest speakers and high powered corporate types. The
summit's theme "thriving in complexity" says it all, as it was the kind
of session that required the attendee to have a MBA and or be fluent in
to sound a tad Marxist, but this country does need to re-prioritize
"the means of production." What's currently hindering that are two major
globalization of the economy through "free trade" deals that only
slightly uplifted portions of the third world, at the expense of
eradicating our middle class.
automation and the rapid pace of progress, in which Moore's Law and the
robots it creates are replacing the jobs once held down by human
beings. In the spirit of today's holiday, May the 4th,
#MayTheFourthBeWithYou "these are not the droids you're looking for."
fiction was correct, the robots will rise up and overwhelm us, it's
just that they're not going to physically exterminate us; instead
they'll send us to the unemployment line.
current political climate makes these complex issues even harder to
deal with, as much of the populace reacted to these swift changes in
about as poor a manner as possible.
leaders have been able to use propaganda and lies to make real life,
genuine American human beings sound like the 1/8 dimensional white trash
red neck background characters on South Park who shout "DEY TOOK YER
The "dey" can refer to undocumented immigrants, migrant workers, or minorities in general.
#BuildThatWall crowd themselves don't know who or what they're actually
trying to stop with the Mexico border wall idea, a concept that
seriously sounds like it originated with a drunken carnival barker who
cross-bred with a two bit huckster.
wall has zero pragmatism, it's just a security blanket for many of the
manufacturing workers who have seen their industry, and thus their way
of life dissipate. What they actually fear more than anything is change,
and that fear manifests itself in xenophobic, racist, white supremacy,
nativist, nationalistic, ethnocentric scapegoating.
there's a reason we have some overlap between the America Firsters,
MAGAheads and Bernie Bros. The rust belt, i.e. the manufacturing workers
of America have truly been left behind, by all the elites in
government, business, the media- you name it.
The manufacturing sector feels like the red-headed step child of the business world because it's been treated as such.
Ramaswamy, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute pondered this during a FT
Future of Manufacturing panel discussion entitled: "Jobs and Management
4.0 - Upskilling Manufacturing Workforce and Leadership:
can a sector that's responsible for 70% of R&D (research and
development), not to be considered cool enough to attract the best
right, a lack of a coolness factor is impeding manufacturing right now
and corporate culture has a lot to do with it. It's not just
manufacturing, but all sectors of big business in general. Our
descendants will wonder how corporatespeak technobabble replaced English
as our official language back in the 2010.
One speaker, in just a single sentence, said "we're in a paradigm shift," "robust," and "scalable."
It was five seconds of awful.
was a lot of "in the space," instead of just saying "industry" or
"field." As one speaker said "platform is a buzz word now, I
don’t know what platform is supposed to mean, but everyone has
Within 30 minutes I heard "best of breed," "cloud based model," "strategic agility," "core competencies,"
learning," (about 20 times) "core mission," "value-add," "brand
trajectory," "vis-a-vis," and "supply chain" (about 100 times).
was basically Weird Al Yankovic's brilliant music video "Mission
Statement," which was intended to be a parody. Manufacturing people
don't want to be talked to like this; they're a practical, well-grounded
no one wants to be talked to in corporatespeak. This kind of speech is
so widespread and utterly unlikable that even displaced manufacturing
workers felt compelled to vote in November of 2016 for someone who
"tells it like it is."
obviously doesn't, as his lying is ludicrously unprecedented, but given
our era of political correctness and corporate buzz words, you can see
why so many were tricked into believing he's an alleged straight
CHAIN REACTION: LOCALIZING THE AUTO SUPPLY CHAIN MAY NOT WORK
BY KATE PATRICK
Logistics needs more jobs
jobless claims for the week of April 28 rose slightly to 211,000 (an
increase of 2,000 week to week) but the seasonally adjusted insured
unemployment rate declined 0.1%. The job market is on a strong
trajectory, but the logistics industry needs a million more employees,
according to a report from The Loadstar.
Reaction: The labor market is tight, and the entire supply chain
industry needs positions filled now. Tailoring jobs and adding popular
perks to attract millennials may have positive impact.3D printing has
definitely found a home in the automotive industry, as the technology
has been used to fabricate spare parts, custom tools, personalized
exteriors, lightweight prototypes, and race car components. The
complexity possible through 3D printing is especially helpful for making
specific car parts, and incorporating the technology is a good way to
provide excellent customer service for those who need parts not easily
found in traditional supply chains, like components for older trucks. In
addition, one of the other great benefits of 3D printed parts is that
they are typically more lightweight, and components can also be made in
one piece, rather than several.
Tariff effects on manufacturing supply chains
though President Trump postponed implementation of the hotly contested
steel and aluminum tariffs, manufacturers were rushing to lock down
steel and aluminum at desirable prices before the deadline, according to
The Wall Street Journal.
doubled delivery times, manufacturers have seen higher prices and are
increasingly anxious about how tariffs affect supply chains and bottom
Reaction: The U.S. steel industry's reactionary approach to Trump's
tariffs further shows how the rhetoric — not the tariffs
— are doing more harm than good. For markets, this is a
classic case of uncertainty causing more problems than public policies
or business decisions.
we don't know if the tariffs will go into effect, expect more
uncertainty and more industry scrambling to prepare for a worst-case
Mexican auto industry rejects U.S. NAFTA rules for auto supply chains
the NAFTA 2.0 negotiations are far from finished, we do know the U.S.
is pushing to localize the U.S. auto supply chain, based on its latest
proposal to require 75% of certain vehicle parts to originate in North
America. The proposal also asks that 70% of vehicles' steel and aluminum
be North American.
Mexican auto industry rejected the proposal, calling it too
restrictive, The Wall Street Journal reported, and plans to present its
proposal for vehicle component origin next week.
Reaction: The U.S. wants to move more manufacturing closer to home
— to revitalize American manufacturing, specifically the
broken Midwest and Rust Belt manufacturing towns, as part of Trump's
"America First" policy — but because the auto supply chain is
global, the goal presents challenges.
to localize the auto supply chain may not get far in the NAFTA
negotiations because the U.S. must negotiate with two other countries
that have their own interests and priorities. If they're going to strike
a deal, not all the "America First" policies may prevail.
Nikola sues Tesla for patent infringement
Motor Co. filed a $2 billion lawsuit this week claiming Tesla Motors'
electric truck violates Nikola's patents, FreightWaves reported.
thinks Tesla caused "market confusion" by infringing on Nikola's
patents for fuselage, a wrap windshield and side door, thus "diverting"
sales toward Tesla instead of Nikola.
Reaction: Nikola's suit seems like a manifestation of middle child
syndrome. Nikola has about 5,000 fewer reservations for its
hydrogen-electric truck than Tesla's fully electric semi, and in its
latest attempt to discredit Tesla (there are many), Nikola cries foul
because it's falling behind in the competition.
appears Nikola is jealous of Tesla's seemingly incorruptible brand
image. Or maybe Nikola is jealous of Tesla's more impressive technology,
which is frequently lauded as the best in the auto industry despite its
Regardless, does it really make sense to sue? Tesla allegedly doesn't have any cash.
Can IoT stem the global food shortage?
to IEEE, food production must increase 70% to meet the world's needs by
2050. That's why IEEE launched an Internet of Things (IoT) Farm to
Table solution to improve farming conservation efforts and productivity.
This IoT solution can allegedly:
Help farmers find the best locations to plant seeds
Save 40% of water through a smart irrigation system
Monitor livestock (including movements, readiness for milking and body temperature)
Help predict when harvesting equipment needs maintenance to avoid setbacks and delays
Improve the cold chain by monitoring temperature of produce from origin to destination
Reaction: Technology often improves the efficiency and efficacy of
operations, so using IoT to stem the impending global food shortage
could be the solution global farmers need to ramp up production.
pilot projects have proved successful (according to IEEE), deploying
the technology across the agricultural industry is an enormous project
that will require much funding, time, infrastructure and likely
regulation as well. To start making IoT-managed farms a reality, farmers
and tech companies are going to have to get investors on board.
In case you missed it
states are suing Trump's decision to loosen vehicle emissions rules,
despite automakers' support of the change, Reuters reported. Norfolk
Southern is using predictive analytics to maximize operational
efficiency, with decent success, The Wall Street Journal reported.
other news, Soft Robotics — a tech company that builds robots
with rubber gripping hands to pick up objects, designed to operate in
warehouses — raised $20 million in a funding round led by
FedEx is now delivering packages from its first hydrogen-fueled truck in the greater New York City area, according to Bloomberg.
K&J Trucking might have something "cooler": a solar
panel-powered refrigerated truck, checking off sustainability and the
cold chain with one semi. According to TruckingInfo, the solar panels
would recharge reefer batteries so that they aren't drained from
maintaining truck temperature, lighting and other technical necessities.
Wall Street Journal reported that states which hike tolls and taxes may
have a better shot at getting the coveted federal infrastructure
funding, based on Department of Transportation rules.
of infrastructure, DOT officials are meeting with the Association of
American Port Authorities at the Port of Virginia next week to discuss
In other news, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he wants a NAFTA deal by mid May.
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