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Manufacturers Call on Next U.S. President to Support 100-Day Energy Action

The Council on Competitiveness, which  on Sept. 9 unveiled a roadmap for a sustainable energy future for the U.S., is calling for the next U.S. president to put the full weight of his office behind the Council's 100-Day Energy Action Plan aimed at quickly advancing a comprehensive energy agenda to ensure energy security and sustainability. 

Source: Industry Week

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Manufacturing Machinery Demand Remains Strong

In a world that is seemingly ruled by globalization, more companies are refocusing their efforts on productivity to compete worldwide. As machinery continues to boost productivity and advances in technology continue to make machinery ever more efficient, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects "output in machinery manufacturing to increase significantly" to meet higher demand.

Source: Industrial Market Trends

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Olympics Boost China's Retailers, but Manufacturing Growth Dented

The Beijing Olympics gave a boost to retailers in China last month but hurt manufacturers and exporters, official figures issued Friday show. But analysts say the latest figures aren't solely a blip, since consumption will likely to stay strong even as an export slowdown hurts industry in coming months.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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U.S. Legislation 'Fails to Protect' Corporate Whistleblowers

The U.S. federal law protecting corporate whistleblowers is failing to shield employees in the way that was intended, according to a non-profit group that is lobbying legislators for tougher rules.

The 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which contained new pro-whistleblower provisions when it was passed in the wake of the Enron and WorldCom scandals, "has helped few whistleblowers actually achieve justice", according to the Government Accountability Project, an advocacy group that provides legal advice to whistleblowers.

Source: Financial Times

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U.S. Manufacturing Technology Consumption Falls in July

July U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $303.44 million, according to AMTDA, the American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association, and AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 21.5% from June but up 5.7% from the total of $287.02 million reported for July 2007.

Source: Machinist

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