In this episode, Don Leavens, Vice President and Chief Economist of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, discusses both cyclical and structural forces shaping the U.S. electrical manufacturing space. Following Don’s description of the electrical manufacturing growth picture, the questioning turns to product and process innovation. When asked about concentration and barriers to entry, Dr. Leavens offers an innovative global perspective on the market structure discussion. The interview concludes with Don’s assessment of the impact of demographic change on electrical equipment demand.
“Designed in Cupertino. Made In China”. That’s what is says on the box of every iPhone sold in the United States. For years, Chinese manufacturer Foxconn has produced version after version of the hottest selling smartphone in the world. The question on everyone’s mind lately has been what Apple and Foxconn will do if a 25% tariff is levied on the popular device. Would Apple just absorb the cost (and the dip in their stock) as it has done with a number of its accessories? (Read More)
This week on The WAM Podcast’s special series with the American Society Of Safety Professionals, host, Jennifer McNelly, speaks with Dr. Katie Schofield, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth in the Master of Environmental Health and Safety program. The ladies talk about how gender influences injury risk in the workplace and explore how the changing world of work, including precarious employment arrangements in traditionally gendered roles like teaching assistants or home healthcare aides, can create different risks that require new safety strategies, policies, and interventions.
Microscopic defects that typically occur in laser-based manufacturing of metal parts can lead to some serious issues down the road if left undetected. Fixing these mistakes can lead to a significant cost and time increase when producing a part. Although, new research into what causes these flaws may have led to a remedy for the problem. (Read More)