In a regular Friday spot, this is the Reading Room, a weekly roundup of what we’ve been reading, watching and listening to. You can see these updates even more regularly if you follow me on LinkedIn or Twitter.
This week is Davos, so lot’s happening at the World Economic Forum and some huge challenges to overcome! Plus, lots on tariffs and China’s agreement to spend more in the USA.
- According to Kenneth Rapoza in Forbes, President Trump’s former Democratic side can always be seen when he talks about global trade. Read more in ‘Tariff Man’ Trump Tells ‘Davos Man’ To Embrace Fair Trade Over Free Trade.
- Also from Forbes, “Leaders at Davos Face $12 Trillion Imminent Economic Disruption”. Leaders at Davos this week planning for the upcoming decade, heard that they face economic disruption of $12 trillion a year from industries that prioritize Sustainability, Trust and Inclusion. However, questions continue to be asked whether this disruption is happening swiftly enough, given the rise in global risks particularly environmental risks.
- As someone who usually call Australia home this one stood out in Thomas Insights. “Three Ways Technology Can Fight the Australian Wildfires”. As devastating as the Australian wildfires are, their impact could be even more catastrophic without recent technological advances.
- 3D Printed Italian Supercar Part!! “California Company to 3D Print Air Vents for Lamborghini”. Silicon Valley 3D printing company Carbon is expanding its partnership with iconic sports-car maker Lamborghini, officials from both companies announced in December.
- IndustryWeek says “Reshoring at Record Levels”, and asks “Is It Enough?” The future of U.S. manufacturing depends substantially on our success in eliminating our goods trade deficit, increasing manufacturing by 40% and adding 5 million manufacturing jobs at current U.S. productivity levels. In 2018, the number of U. S. companies reporting new reshoring and foreign companies reporting FDI (foreign direct investment) was at the highest level in recorded history.
- Also in IndustryWeek, “Foxconn’s Terry Gou Vows to Fire Up Wisconsin Plant This Year”. The plant, initially planned as an LCD factory, will instead begin producing wireless components before the end of 2020.
- In a Q&A, Supply Chain Dive asks, “What are the top supply chain trends of 2020? Four experts weigh in”. Faster logistics and operations, technology integration and supply chain shifts due to global trade wars were some of the trends that dominated supply chains in 2019.
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