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

U.S. Trade Deficit in Manufactures, February 2015
The U.S. trade deficit in manufactures surged by $19 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 and the Chinese surplus rose by $35 billion. U.S. exports for the year grew by 3%.

The Economic Ambitions of China’s New Silk Road
China aims to facilitate trade through a New Silk Road spanning three continents and incorporating roads, railways, pipelines and ports. Energy security is one major driver for the massive undertaking.

Chatting About 3D Printing
3D printing can shorten supply chains and accelerate the pace of product innovation. How the technology will shape employment and outsourcing, however, remains to be seen, and the legal and regulatory framework still needs to be worked out.

Greece’s Deal: The Trouble Isn’t Over
Just as the European economy is showing signs of life (EU GDP was up 1.7% annualized in the fourth quarter), Greece’s newly elected government has raised market tensions.

What Will U.S. Manufacturing Look Like?
Predicting the future is not an easy task. Prior generations were forced to read palms, peer into crystal balls, and—ugh—poke through entrails to try to piece together what might come to be.

ISM Report: Manufacturing Off to Slow Start
Following is an analysis from Don Norman, Ph.D., director of economic studies for the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, regarding the February 2015 Institute for Supply Management report.

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