MAPI – Manufacturers Alliance Economic News and Reports

A weekly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA’s membership in MAPI.

Issues in the Brief

Will the Elections Make a Difference for Manufacturing?
Many commentators suggest that the national election of 2014 was an angry referendum about ongoing sluggish conditions in the American economy, now five years out from the Great Recession. Business leaders believe that the Republican takeover of Congress represents the best hope of bringing about new policies that will lead to a higher rate of continuous economic growth. Their excitement the day after the election was palpable.

The Core Negotiation Issues of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
TPP negotiators remain deeply divided on a number of contentious issues, including government procurement and intellectual property protection, and no new timetable has been set to conclude the deal following a missed deadline.

The Impact of Knowledge Investment
As global competitiveness grows as a goal of U.S. economic policy, debates on the appropriate levels of public and private investment in innovation will become a cornerstone of policy dialogue. Frontier science, whose expansion is critical for building innovative capacity, needs to be an especially intense area of focus.

Q&A: Parker Hannifin’s Security SWOT Analysis
Evan Young describes Parker Hannifin’s approach to corporate security, including the importance of fostering partnerships, and explains how his law enforcement background has proved beneficial in his role.

U.S. Trade Deficit in Manufactures, November 2014
This is the fifth year of a rapidly growing U.S. deficit and Chinese surplus for the sector, with significant implications for American production and jobs.

For a Manufacturing Revival, Sourcing Is Everything
Earlier this month I spoke at the Global Economics & Country Risk Conference hosted by IHS in D.C. Joining me were speakers from the World Bank, the Peterson Institute, and The Wall Street Journal. The main purpose of the two-day event was to explore how the global economy may react to geopolitical turmoil and how businesses can proactively adapt their strategies.


Economic Update

Manufacturing Activity October 2014
Aerospace, fabricated metals, and computers and electronics were the most significant contributors to overall U.S. manufacturing growth in September, while machinery and motor vehicles experienced pullbacks after a period of outsized gains.


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