Manufacturing a Policy in DC
PF Digital Dispatch
ne of the most talked-about items at the NASF Washington Forum recently was the lack of a U.S. ‘Manufacturing Policy,’ essentially a plan to rebound from our country’s most recent economic blahs through a revitalization of the manufacturing sector.
One of the most talked-about items at the NASF Washington Forum recently was the lack of a U.S. ‘Manufacturing Policy,’ essentially a plan to rebound from our country’s most recent economic blahs through a revitalization of the manufacturing sector.
Those in the surface finishing industry — especially those who have survived the most recent sluggish economy — know how important a robust manufacturing sector is to the U.S.
Talk of a more focused manufacturing policy isn’t new, but has picked up steam. In June of 2009, Jeff Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, called on the U.S. to increase its manufacturing base employment to 20% of the entire workforce, saying that that the U.S. has outsourced way too much and that we shouldn’t rely on the financial sector and consumer spending to bring us out of the doldrums.
But as Capital Hill twiddles its thumbs on helping small businesses and manufacturers, the numbers appear to be good for the sector, despite the lack of help from Congress. In April, the U.S. manufacturing sector grew at its fastest pace in almost six years. In fact, it was at a rate that was above expectations, and represented a ninth straight month of gains.
The Institute for Supply Management said its index of national factory activity rose to 60.4 in April from 59.6 in March, with the headline index at its highest since June 2004. A reading above 50 indicates expansion in the sector.
Still, from what we heard at the NASF Washington Forum, much help is still needed from Congress to get serious about helping the manufacturing sector by developing a policy that gets everyone on the same page, and hopefully gets people back to work.
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Corrosion Resistance of High-Phosphorus Electroless Nickel with a Lower Coefficient of Friction, Nanoparticle Codeposition Electroless Nickel Layer
This paper is a peer-reviewed and edited version of a presentation delivered at NASF SUR/FIN 2013 in Rosemont, Ill., on June 11, 2013.
The 1956 Carl E. Huessner Gold Medal Award was given to Charles Faust and William H Safranek for Best Paper appearing in Plating or the AES Technical Proceedings in 1955, and their paper is republished here in a series on the AES/AESF/NASF Best Paper Awards. Their work involves an evaluation of anodes for copper plating at the time when OFHC anodes were first emerging in use.