Weekly Wrap Up For September 27th, 2019

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Lou Rassey is CEO of Fast Radius, a manufacturing lighthouse known as a smart factory. Need some clarity of that? Tune in and listen to hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady parse the topic with Mr. Rassey as they discuss a manufacturing future where the cloud is the parts and inventory warehouse, production is completed on demand as close to the customer as possible, and logistics becomes most short-haul with reduced delivery times. Where does your company fit into the 21st Century manufacturing picture?

Daimler TruckDaimler Begins Road Testing Autonomous Trucks

Currently, there are around 276 million vehicles operating in the United States, which around 15.5 million of those are trucks, which in turn has led to a search for a safe way to transport 10 billion tons of freight in an efficient manner. Daimler Trucks North America has recently acquired Torc Robotics with the goal of developing and testing automated trucks. (Read More)

In this episode Michael Ryan, Associate Director at IHS Markit, discusses the current financial picture as well as the financial outlook for the U.S. manufacturing sector. Mike also compares the financial picture in U.S. manufacturing to that of non-manufacturing. Amidst rising fears of a recession, he assesses the preparedness of US corporate balance sheets for an economic downturn and identifies the industries that would have financial difficulty in a recession. After comparing the U.S. non-financial corporate balance sheet and U.S. manufacturing sector balance sheet to the balance sheets in a range of countries around the world, Mike discusses the global interest rate dynamic.


SpaceX Has The Potential To Be Worth $120 Billion According To Morgan Stanley

A recent Morgan Stanley study has suggested that the privately owned aerospace company SpaceX, which was founded by Elon Musk, could reach a value of $120 billion. This would make SpaceX worth triple what Musk’s electric car company’s value and larger than other aerospace companies like Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon, which are currently worth $64 billion, $112 billion, and $56 billion respectively. (Read More)

Women And Manufacturing

This week on The WAM Podcast’s edition of “Riveting Exchanges,” hosts, Andrea Olson and Desiree Grace, continue with their “Bad Boss” discussion. The ladies look at the four different types of “weak” personalities. Here, you’ll meet the four archetypal passive-aggressive bosses: Indecisive Ike, Steady Eddie, Insecure Ida, and Absentee Al.