Monthly Archives: August 2011

Advancing US Manufacturing Future

An Op-Ed piece in the New York Times (August 29, 2011) by Susan Hockfield, President of MIT, suggests the need for federal investments in advanced manufacturing, similar to past US govt investments to create innovation in electronics, computing, the Internet … Continue reading

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Should the US Government assist battery manufacturers ?

A New York Times article (‘Does America need manufacturing”, August 24, 2011) described the supply chain impact of federal govt investment in battery manufacturing – the potential impact on scientific research, mining, building contractors, designers, engineers and shop floor employees. … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs, Apple’s product demand and Asian supplier network impact

An article in the Wall Street Journal (August 26, 2011) describes the potential impact of Steve Jobs resignation as CEO of Apple on the company’s possible new products and demand. Given that many of Apple’s suppliers are in Asia and … Continue reading

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Incompatible plug-in for electric car battery charging

A New York Times article (August 26, 2011) describes the incompatible standards for fast charging 480 volt chargers that can charge a Nissan Leaf in half an hour. The issue is that standards for these fast chargers are not set, … Continue reading

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China rare earth exports policy and new plant location

A New York Times article (August 24, 2011) describes the impact of China’s policy to limit exports of rare earth metals on new plant location decisions by Showa Denko of Japan and Intematix of the United States. Showa produces alloys … Continue reading

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Resolving Shortages of Cancer Drugs

A New York Times article (August 19, 2011) describes the problem of shortages of several cancer drugs that are now made by generic manufacturers.   These drugs are used for breat cancer, colorectal cancer and bacterial infections.  The article claims that … Continue reading

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Nurse Navigators and patient service supply chains

A Wall Street Journal article (August 16, 2011) describes the role of a nurse navigator to assist patients from start of the diagnosis through completion of treatment. The nurse navigator starts with the patient right from initial diagnosis (in one … Continue reading

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