Weekly Wrap Up for July 20th, 2018

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Norbert Ore, Director and Head of Industry Surveys for Strategas Research Partners who returns to provide comparative commentary on 18 Purchasing Managers Index reports that are compiled worldwide.

Here Are This Week’s Top Manufacturing Stories

Toyota-Mazda PlantTiny Fish Halts Construction of Toyota-Mazda Factory

The spring pygmy sunfish seldom reaches more than an inch in size. More important is the fact that it rarely appears anywhere on earth except a small area of Alabama marshlands directly adjacent the the spot where Toyota and Mazda have chosen to build they new 2,400 acre factory. (Read More)


3d printed bikeThe CIA-Backed, Silicon Valley Startup’s 3D Printed Carbon-Fiber Bike

Carbon fiber revolutionized the bicycle industry with it’s lighter than titanium, stronger than steel properties, but the time and cost to produce carbon bikes combined with quality control and environmental issues have relegated carbon bikes to the realm of the “money-is-no-object” marketplace. (Read More)

Kobe SteelKobe Steel Officially Charged in Fake Data Scheme

Prosecutors in Japan have officially charged steel industry giant Kobe Steel with violating laws overseeing competition for it’s systemic, decade-long practice of faking quality control documentation. (Read More)


Women And Manufacturing

Please join host Barbara Trautlein as she interviews Newsha Ghodsi, who shares stories (and quotes – like the one in the title!) about her career rising through the refinery ranks to achieve her current position as Operations Manager responsible for leading over 200 union and salaried employees to conduct safe, compliant, and reliable plant operations. Newsha talks about career challenges and key learnings spanning from dealing with difficult people to challenging status quo to changing culture. She offers relevant and real-world tips for career advancement including the benefits of focusing on broadening and exploring interests verses on promotions, proactively pursuing career discussions with managers and mentors to see what’s out there for you, and doing what interests you instead of what you think you need to do to move up. Newsha’s bottom-line advise: speak-up for what you believe in, and never give up!