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November,  2016

The Economic Implications of Potential NHTSA and EPA Regulatory Revisions on U.S. Light Truck Sales and Manufacturing
While there are regulatory provisions that offer some compliance flexibility through credits, credit banking and trading, and technology incentives, it is not at all certain that vehicle manufacturers will meet the regulatory targets for light trucks (...)
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North America Autos: Q3 Build Finishes Ahead of Estimates; Inventory Being Addressed
North America build finished up 1% in Q3, slightly ahead of our estimate for flat growth. Q4 OEM schedules currently show +1% growth, but we believe this could move lower (RWB estimate: down 1%) as OEMs take downtime to reduce inventory. Ford has bee (...)
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Canadian Auto Industry Worth Investing In, Says Parts Association
The recent investments in the auto sector indicate Canada is still appealing to foreign investors and manufacturers, says the head of the Automotive Parts Manufacturing Association.Last week The Solcz Group Inc. sold auto supplier Valiant (...)
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US SAAR Likely Finishes Ahead of Estimates for Second Consecutive Month
US SAAR is estimated to finish at 17.9 million in October versus analyst estimates of 17.7 million (2nd consecutive beat). This includes an estimate for Ford (est. -12% yoy) that is consistent with its industry underperformance in recent months. Base (...)
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Canada auto deals secure plants for now, longer-term uncertain
Concessions by Canada's main auto union in their latest contract talks should help halt a years-long erosion in Canada's share of North American auto production, but the longer-term fate of some plants is still uncertain, industry watchers said on Mo (...)
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Apple is developing automotive software in Canada with former BlackBerry employees
A car didn’t work out, so Apple’s heading North to build its own system.After putting plans for a self-driving vehicle on hold, Apple has now turned to developing its own automotive operating system that it hopes to sell to automakers (...)
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Tech & Car Companies Resist California's Proposed Autonomous Vehicle Rules
A who’s who of the automotive and tech sector reacted with concern at the state of California’s proposed rules for autonomous vehicles. Among other things, the companies were not happy that what the United States made voluntary, California may ma (...)
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Experts release new roadmap for US robotics
The message is clear: the US must invest in robotics in order to keep up with fierce international competition.A consortium of robotics experts published an updated Roadmap for US Robotics -- a document that is designed to help Congress u (...)
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Keeping Up With Advanced Manufacturing
The U.S. will need to fill about 3.5 million jobs in advanced manufacturing in the next decade, but as many as 2 million of these jobs may remain unfilled if we don’t close the skills gap.Earlier this year, the National Science and Tech (...)
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The chief legal officer and the board: Dealing with challenges in a challenging role
Being a CLO can pose challenges, particularly those that arise from the complex relationships among the CLO, the board of directors, and the CEO and other members of the management team. Many of the challenges associated with being a CLO stem from th (...)
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Supply Chain Strategies For A Post-Global World
Globalization is on the ropes. Both US presidential candidates now oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Britain has just voted itself out of the European Union. The tiny Belgian region of Wallonia nearly killed a deal between the EU and Canada. Glob (...)
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Worried about China, the US pushes for homegrown chip development
The White House has established the Semiconductor Working Group to encourage semiconductor development.The world's fastest computer runs a Chinese chip, and that fact hasn't escaped notice by the U.S. government.So how does th (...)
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U.S.: Use of Non-Compete Agreements – Too Much of a Good Thing?
In case you missed the trend, several recent actions by the Obama administration have been aimed at enhancing employee rights. This pattern continued last week, when the White House issued a Call to Action” and a report on Non-Compete Reform: A Pol (...)
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Moody's: Outlook for the North American manufacturing industry remains negative
New York, November 02, 2016 -- The outlook for the North American manufacturing industry remains negative, Moody's Investors Service says in a new report. Earnings will grow only marginally in the coming next 12 to 18 months, after contracting this y (...)
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership and U.S. Trade Policy
IntroductionThe post–World War II era has seen the dramatic growth of international trade and the creation of a global trading framework based on the principle of open economies. The United States has been at the forefront of the (...)
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NAFTA costs U.S. manufacturing jobs, but so does China
Whether it was Donald Trump on the right or Bernie Sanders on the left, the presidential election this year has put the North American Free Trade Agreement squarely in the crosshairs.NAFTA, intended to boost exports and imports between th (...)
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The reindustrialization of America
Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things (IoT), the reindustrialization of U.S. manufacturing and the skills gap in advance manufacturing all have people’s attention at the corporate, state and federal levels. "We would like to showcase how Festo (...)
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U.S.: Social Security Wage Base Increase 7% for 2017
The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced a 2017 cost-of-living adjustment for the Social Security taxable wage limit. The maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security tax for 2017 will increase by 7% to $127,200 from $118, (...)
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What’s In Store for EB-5?
The short-term extension that Congress granted for the EB-5 investment program is due to end on December 9. In the interim, Congress has some work to do, focusing on program reforms that would address issues ranging from allegations of funds misuse t (...)
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Getting Ahead of the Megatrends in Transportation and Logistics
This is an excerpt from Transportation and Logistics in a Changing World: The Journey Back to Profitable Growth (BCG report, October 2016).In the coming years, the transportation and logistics (T&L) industry will most likely be (...)
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U.S.: Employer Beware: Antitrust Enforcement Agencies Set Their Sights on Anti-Competitive Hiring and Compensation Agreements
The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the two federal agencies responsible for enforcing the antitrust laws, have issued a Guidance” document for HR Professionals, outlining the types of compensa (...)
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The “What’s in it for my business” approach to Next Manufacturing
Next manufacturing. Internet of Things (IoT). Industry 4.0. Digitization. It seems as if new terms to describe the technological transformation happening within manufacturing pop up daily. Like all things shiny and new, it’s easy to be swayed by th (...)
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Looking to Canada to Satisfy Your Workforce Needs
With six out of 10 CIOs believing skills shortages will prevent their organizations from keeping up with the speed of change, the solution might be closer than expected. One needs only to look up.With the growing importance of a high-skil (...)
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U.S. Court of Appeals upholds ELD mandate, denies OOIDA’s request
In a decision published on October 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit said it would not overturn the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, which is set to take effect December (...)
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Canada: CPP expands, affecting employer pension plans; Ontario plan dropped
Employer action code: ActOn October 6, 2016, the federal government introduced Bill C-26 — an act to amend the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), the CPP Investment Board Act and the Income Tax Act — into Parliament. The CPP is the ear (...)
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The 10 Worst (and Best!) US Airports for TSA Security Delays
Your grandparents can wax nostalgic about the supposed "golden age of flying" all they want. Wow, you got full meals and friendly flight attendants? Kudos. Where are your scars from the golden age of TSA security delays? THAT'S something to (...)
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U.S.: NLRB Continues to Click “Dislike” on Social Media Policies
As the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues its assault on employer personnel policies, certain policies seem to be getting particular attention. Various recent NLRB opinions have imposed a number of limitations on employee social media po (...)
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