January 2019 : News, Strategies & Insights

Forecasting Manufacturing 2019: Calm Before the Storm 

The decade started out looking like the beginning of dystopian novel, until it pulled an about face and rushed toward unprecedented growth. Expect to see a slow down in 2019 before the real storm of change hits.   Read More

Ford Predicts the 7 Trends of 2019

Ford has released its 7th Annual Trends Report, an analysis of worldwide consumer behavior based on interviews with more than 13,000 people across 14 different countries.

According to the company, these surveys don't just look at behavior toward automobiles, but rather the factors that drive behavioral changes. For example, Ford found that 87% of people think that technology is the biggest driver of change, and 79% believe that technology creates positive change — it doesn’t, however, cover the 21% of people that must think technology is a force for evil.  Read More

What to Expect in 2019: MIT Business Experts Weigh In 

The Sloan School of Management at MIT, gathered together a group of experts for their take on what 2019 will look like.  Read More

Sourcing for Food Processing Equipment on the Rise

In this week’s Thomas Index Report, we’re going to take a look at sourcing activity for Food Processing Equipment by users of the Thomasnet.com platform. Our data shows that over the past 12 weeks, sourcing activity for this category is up 8% over its historical average.  Read More

Rough Roads: Will Political Uncertainty Slow Automotive Innovation? 

A trade war, a softening auto market, dampening supplier mood and shifting regulations are setting a tough course for 2019.  Read More