CIRAS DIGEST: Friday, July 10, 2015

  • First, the Business Insider this morning used information contained in an Alcoa earnings report to extrapolate on the overall “State of Global Manufacturing in 3 Slides.” Lots of numbers.
  • Of more local concern, Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research and Conexus Indiana, that state’s advanced manufacturing initiative, have put together a 2015 Manufacturing & Logistics Report Card for all 50 states. Iowa is one of only six states to get an A in overall manufacturing health. The State received a B for its human capital and a D- for its tax climate. You can find the study online or read an analysis by The Des Moines Register.
  • Iowa is looking for help developing state energy plan, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. As of now, we’re one of only 10 states without.
  • Also, ICYMI, The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs cites Google numbers in estimating that Google had a $192 million economic benefit in 2014 on Iowa businesses, website publishers and nonprofits.
  • Meanwhile, the Iowa City Press-Citizen, sister newspaper of The Des Moines Register, would like to remind you that the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) is an economic big deal. Riders will arrive in Coralville in two weeks.
  • This week, The Week has an opinion piece arguing that politicians are foolish to promise a restoration of American manufacturing jobs because “American manufacturing jobs are never coming back.” And according to the article, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Robots are making us better.
  • Speaking of which, an entity called the Manufacturing Leadership Council has posted a piece urging manufacturers to take advantage of this more-or-less expansive economy to carve out space for a test bed – a place where industry can test the kinds of sensors and other machinery that will be coming with the next generation of American manufacturing.
  • Also, ICYMI, CNBC had a story last week on a resurgence of manufacturing in Detroit.
  • And in one of the latest instalments of 3D-manufacturing news, they’re working on ways to make houses in Sweden.
  • MIT’s Technology Review also has a 3D-printing story, about efforts by an engineering professor in England to come up with a new laser sintering system.
  • And Forbes last week found “7 Ways 3-D Printing is Already Disrupting Global Manufacturing.”

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