Manufacturing Matters: The NABE Policy Conference in Washington, DC

This unique episode of ‘Manufacturing Matters’ was recorded from the NABE Policy Conference in Washington, DC. Host Cliff Waldman moderated a session entitled ‘Innovation and the Future Geography of Global Manufacturing’. On the panel was Susan Lund, Partner at the McKinsey Global Institute, Mark Killion, Director of U.S. Industry at… More

Chief Economist of the American Iron and Steel Institute Looks at the U.S. Steel Industry

In this episode, Tim Gill, Chief Economist of the American Iron and Steel Institute, provides wide-ranging analysis on the market, structural, and public policy issues impacting the U.S. steel industry. Tim illuminates the short-term and long-term output growth picture. He also discusses product and process innovation, market concentration, and the steel… More

Manufacturing Matters – The Future of the Chemicals Manufacturing Industry

Listen Now: In this episode Kevin Swift, Chief Economist of the American Chemistry Council, discusses the short-term and long-term outlook for chemicals manufacturing. Kevin also responds to questions about innovation, market concentration, and human capital in basic chemicals industries. The interview concludes with a discussion of the potential impact of demographic change… More

Manufacturing Matters – An Overview Of The Global Economic Environment

In this episode Manufacturing Matters host Cliff Waldman provides listeners with an overview of the global economic environment. Since 2016 the world economy has been a tailwind for U.S. manufacturers after years of post-financial crisis malaise. Unfortunately, in recent months there has been growing evidence of a global slowdown due… More

Smart Manufacturing: A Closer Look

In this episode Dr. Keith Belton, Director of the Manufacturing Policy Initiative in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University, discusses the emergence of smart manufacturing. After providing a detailed description of the physical architecture of smart production, Keith addresses a number of concerns, notably the… More

Changes In The Global Trading Order: What They Mean To The U.S.

In this episode, I engage in a fascinating discussion with Tom Duesterberg, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, on evolving shifts in the global trading order and their implications for U.S. manufacturing interests. Bringing the combined perspective of an historian, a policy researcher and a policymaker, Dr. Duesterberg agrees that… More

The U.S. Manufacturing Sector’s Global Competitiveness

In this episode Rob Atkinson is questioned on a range of issues related to the global competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector. While asserting that there isn’t a comprehensive measure of competitiveness, Dr. Atkinson notes that trade imbalances are troubling. Microeconomic issues support such macroeconomic concerns. Rob points to data, for example,… More

The U.S. Manufacturing Sector’s Digital Future

In this episode Dr. Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington D.C. and senior fellow at the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School (UPenn) describes the dynamic and discusses the implications of the U.S. manufacturing sector’s evolution to a digitized production and distribution model. More