The real manufacturing advantage in America

assembly line general motors

General Motors assembly line.

In the United States the industrial sector is rebounding. Manufacturers are boosting output, building new plants, increasing exports, and creating better-paying jobs that require precise skills—and in the process are helping lead the U.S. out of the long, stubborn slump that followed the market disruptions of 2007.


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Chinese shipping firm begins using new arctic shipping route to Europe

The Arctic Ocean shipping route will cut thousands of miles off the journey from China to its key European market. (The Northeast Passage is in blue)

A Chinese merchant ship has made its maiden voyage to Europe through the “Northeast Passage.”  This route will help the world’s biggest exporter speed goods to market and is a symbol of Beijing’s strategic ambitions in the Arctic.


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Crowdfunding: 23 Unusual Ways it May be Applied


Futurist Thomas Frey: Michael Migliozzi and Brian Flatow started a website called in November 2009 who’s lofty goal was to buy the ailing century old Pabst Blue Ribbon beer company. Working to match the $300 million sale price, in less than two years the pair had attracted over 5 million investors pledging upwards of $280 million, with an average pledge of $40.

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Gray Market for Electronic Counterfeit Gadgets is Very Lucrative in China


Fake iPhones

Apple’s iPhone 4 is not officially for sale yet in China and may not be for several months. Neither is the popular iPad touch-screen tablet.   But never mind. Both devices are readily available at a plethora of Chinese electronics malls in Beijing, Shanghai and all the major cities, in what constitutes China’s lucrative telecommunications “gray market” that rivals — and in some cases, surpasses — the real thing.


China has Overtaken Germany to Become World’s Top Exporter


China surpassed $1.2 trillion in exports in 2009.

China overtook Germany in 2009 to become the world’s top exporting nation, another milestone in China’s rapid rise and growing economic influence. But in a year of global economic turmoil and weakness, China achieved the top ranking because its exports fell only 16 percent, while Germany’s exports fell more steeply.

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Global Trade Wars Escalate Over Solar Energy

solar panels

Solar panels point to the Nevada sky as they generate electricity for use on Nellis Air Force Base

Fair competition or Save the Planet?   That could ultimately be at play as China and the West, long at odds over trade in steel, textiles and auto parts, risk being sucked into a row over protectionism in renewable energy equipment such as solar panels.


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Why Buy When You Can Barter? Top 20 Trading Websites


Flaunting the empty pocket blues?

Buying lots of new things seems to be going out of fashion.

It’s not hard to see why – you can’t spend what you don’t have. And while we’d always advocate shelling out for the best-quality, well-priced (i.e. not super-cheap) products, there’s another way to get exactly what you want on a tight budget. It takes a little more effort – but it’s fun, creative, and it’s been popular for thousands of years. It’s bartering.

Products or services, a straight swap or a fierce haggle…bartering is an online boom industry that’s never been more timely. Where to start? Here are 20 places that will help you click your way to a new wardrobe, bookshelf or even four walls and a ceiling!

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Is Anything Made In The U.S.A.


Made in the USA yeah right

It seems as if the country that used to make everything is on the brink of making nothing. In January, 207,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs vanished in the largest one-month drop since October 1982. U.S. factory activity is hovering at a 28-year low. Even before the recession, plants were hemorrhaging work to foreign competitors with low-cost labor. And some companies were moving production overseas. Continue reading… “Is Anything Made In The U.S.A.”