Episode 301: Introducing Our Latest Podcast Series

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Manufacturing Matters Podcast

About The Show

New EpisodesManufacturing 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 U.S. and global economic outlooks and the increasingly difficult geopolitics of trade.

Show host, Cliff Waldman, is an experienced and in-demand public speaker who makes frequent appearances at industry trade group events, DC think-tank panels, Capitol Hill events and at economics conferences.  He is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and is one of a small fraction of NABE members to have been awarded the group’s prestigious Certified Business Economist (CBE) designation.

The show will cover the headline stories of the day to generate understanding of their considerable impact on manufacturing growth in more depth with thought leaders and industry experts in manufacturing including top economists, knowledgeable scientists, prolific authors, as well as executives from innovative goods-producing companies. In sum, Manufacturing Matters interviews the best people to give insights on the cutting-edge dynamics and rapid changes within Industry 4.0 – where manufacturing is experiencing transformational changes to automation, data exchange in manufacturing technologies, cyber-physical systems, cloud computing, robotics, cobotics, cognitive computing, virtual reality, augmented reality, and the real world application of materials science.

All episodes will be maintained as a reference library for listeners to hear and refer back to, or search for specific content relevant to a task they are tackling at that moment in time.

The Premier Episode

Listen Now – In the premier episode, I interviewed Chad Moutray, Chief Economist for the National Association of Manufacturers. Chad discussed both the short-term and the longer-term outlook for the U.S. manufacturing sector. After overviewing the slow pace of the factory sector’s rebound from the Great Recession, Dr. Moutray gave his forecast for 2019. In discussing the longer-term outlook for U.S. manufacturing, Chad responded to questions about the impact of disruptive technological change, about the promise of frontier markets, particularly in Africa, and about the readiness of the domestic U.S. manufacturing workforce to respond to 21st-century competitive challenges.

Chad Moutray
Guest Chad Moutray

Host Cliff Waldman

Cliff Waldman is the CEO of New World Economics, a research and consulting firm in Arlington, VA. that specializes in contract research in the areas of manufacturing, small business, and frontier markets. Prior to founding New World Economics, Cliff was Chief Economist at the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), a trade and research firm for U.S. manufacturers.  While at MAPI, he won three national research awards for his published work on manufacturing productivity, innovation, and demographics. Cliff’s career has also included work for a state government economic research and forecasting unit and for a small business research team in Washington, D.C. He received his M.A. in economics from Rutgers University.

Cliff is an active leader in the economics community, currently serving as President of the National Economists Club for calendar year 2019.