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

The Decline of U.S. Export Competitiveness for Manufactures and Its Consequences for the World Economic Order
Radical changes in the geographic composition of exports of manufactures during 2000-2013 are contributing to a restructuring of trade, with important implications for the world economic order.

Masters of Money
Cliff provides a primer on the roles of central banks and explains how monetary policy is shaping the global picture. Manufacturers should take note, considering that they are increasingly doing business on a world stage.

Why Is Capital Investment Lagging?
Capital investment, a major contributor to productivity and economic growth, has lagged since the end of the dot-com bubble in 2000, according to a new report from the Aspen Institute and the MAPI Foundation. One factor is the U.S. corporate tax structure, which creates a competitive disadvantage in global markets.

The High-Dollar Blues
While the current dollar appreciation is small relative to historical experience, the increasing global exposure of U.S. manufacturing and persistently weak world demand likely make the current challenge painfully comparable to previous dollar spikes.

3D Printing and Regional Manufacturing Competitiveness
Is the world on the precipice of another industrial revolution? The accumulating evidence increasingly supports an affirmative answer.

Rebuild, Renew: Possibilities for Industrial Infrastructure
Last week, I had the pleasure of sharing the stage at the 2015 MAPI Executive Summit with Park Industries EVP/COO Joan Schatz and Astec President Malcolm Swanson. During our panel discussion about investing in manufacturing’s future, we shared best practices with a group of 175 manufacturing executives.

No Spring Thaw for U.S. Manufacturing (Yet)
Anybody who was hoping for a cheerful spring revival in the U.S. manufacturing sector had to have been disappointed by the April report on industrial production.

 

Economic Update

Manufacturing Activity: April 2015
During the first quarter of 2015, U.S. manufacturing suffered its first output contraction since the Great Recession. American factories are confronting numerous headwinds, including diminished export competitiveness as a result of the rising dollar.

Latin America’s Outlook: Adjusting to Less Favorable External Conditions
Three factors are behind Latin America’s depressed business environment: lower commodity prices, corruption scandals in numerous countries and concerns about financial stability arising from massive capital outflows.

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