US manufacturing

Although President Obama just nixed TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, tar sands oil will in all likelihood continue to dribble from Canada to China and elsewhere, regardless of whether a pipeline links Alberta to the Gulf. At least that’s the conventional wisdom many folks in the US manufacturing sector point to, when discussing the pros and […]

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We caught up with William Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, on how he views current and future trends in the U.S. manufacturing economy. He’ll be speaking at Commodity/PROcurement EDGE this October. MetalMiner: How would you characterize the current macroeconomic climate for manufacturers? William […]

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As global shipping continues to reach for the max — Panamax, Panamax Max, Post Panamax, Post Panamax Plus and New Panamax, to be exact, in addition to other massive container ships plying the global seas these days — our focus shifts to the liquids that have been traveling to Japan more and more lately. Namely, […]

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In his rebuttal to reshoring stories in the Atlantic, as we detailed in Part One, Alan Tonelson also brought up a good point about subsidizing reshoring for businesses which, although makes sense and is a good thing, is rather unsustainable in this current economic climate for the US (what with the huge national debt that […]

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This is a follow-up post from “Dodd Frank Conflict Minerals Law: Headache for Metal Supply Chains,” published last week. For expert commentary on metals impacted by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law — the so-called conflict minerals law — we contacted Michael Pfeifer, president of Industrial Metallurgists, LLC, which provides learning and courseware […]

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Caterpillar, the US multinational manufacturer of mining and earth-moving equipment, is often touted as a bellwether of the global manufacturing sector, leading some to think that if news comes out of Caterpillar’s fortunes being down, then the whole global economy must be down. In reality, Caterpillar’s position in this respect is more subtle — and […]

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As new housing construction finally shows some glimmers of health, China steel prices and iron ore prices primarily drove the monthly Construction MMI® to a value of 92 in October, an increase of 4.5 percent from 88 in September. MetalMiner’s construction metals index bumped up four points over the last month primarily due to rising […]

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MetalMiner is leveraging current metal price data once again in the latest iteration of the Monthly MMI reports. Be on the lookout later today and all week for the October MMIs, including updated trends and commentary on base metals (aluminum, copper), ferrous metals (steel, stainless), rare earths, and PGMs — not to mention on automotive, […]

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Caterpillar, to coin that well-used phrase, is seen as a bellwether of US manufacturing — which says something for the size of the company’s US presence as two-thirds of its income comes from outside the US. Caterpillar’s position in this respect has as much to do with how well the firm is run, the quality […]

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When a company has multiple plant locations with different systems or has merged with other organizations, how to undertake the most effective — along with the most efficient — sourcing process, particularly around the notion of spend analysis or spend classification? MetalMiner finds out from Olivier Maurandy, VP Business Development for Fullstep, who fills us […]

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