Author Archives: Eric Armstrong

NFPA Customer Market Survey
NFPA is collecting 2013 hydraulic and pneumatic sales figures from manufacturer members in a continued effort to create a more complete information source about fluid power customer markets. The annual Customer Market Survey (CMS) results will allow you to properly interpret the segmentation of total fluid power sales by sales channel and customer market. Great...

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A weekly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA's membership in MAPI. Issues in Brief China's Urbanization Plan: New Opportunities, Overwhelming Challenges China's new strategy for urbanization could prove to be a powerful source of productivity gains and economic growth in the coming decade. Foreign businesses operating there will benefit from...

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A weekly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA's membership in MAPI. Issues in Brief Investment Medicine for a Struggling Economy The U.S. is still in a post-crisis era and economic growth has been persistently sluggish. Recent data make the case for bolstering R&D spending and business capital spending, thereby addressing...

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MAPI April
A weekly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA's membership in MAPI. Issues in Brief Investment Medicine for a Struggling Economy Nearly five years past the trough of the Great Recession, the U.S. economy still finds itself in a post-crisis era. Economic growth has been persistently sluggish, averaging 2.3% between 2010...

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MAPI_weekly_update
A weekly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA's membership in MAPI. Issues in Brief Between a Rock and a Conflict Minerals Hard Place The SEC's conflict minerals rule is on the rocks, with the D.C. Circuit Court and two sitting SEC commissioners questioning its viability. Meanwhile, the SEC insists the...

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A monthly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA's membership in MAPI. Issues in the Brief A Jolt of Reality to the Tax Reform Debate Rep. Dave Camp's tax reform plan differs from previous attempts not just in its size -- at almost 1,000 pages -- but also in its comprehensiveness....

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MAPI April
A monthly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA's membership in MAPI. Issues in the Brief Europe Slips in Rankings for Ease of Doing Business Between 2009 and 2014, international rankings for ease of doing business improved in only about a third of 29 European economies. This would justify the (cautious)...

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A monthly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA's membership in MAPI. Issues in the Brief China's Economic Reform Proposals Have Strategic Implications for Multinationals China's new leaders recently revealed their economic reform agenda for the coming decade, and proposals cover the financial system, fiscal and tax policy, state-owned enterprises, urbanization...

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NFPA_Forecast_Report_US_Customer Markets
Look ahead and anticipate change with the NFPA Forecast Report: U.S. Customer Markets. This quarterly report, supplied by Alan Beaulieu and the Institute for Trend Research (ITR), includes an outlook, trend graph and commentary on the current year and next two years ahead for all of fluid power’s most popular customer markets, hydraulics, pneumatics, and...

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