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The Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) will gather for its annual corporate counsel conference on March 17, 2016 in Las Vegas, where presentations and discussion will focus on technology and cybersecurity issues that have the potential to significantly impact manufacturers in 2016 and beyond. The theme of the HNBA conference is “Embracing Technology,” and is further confirmation that cybersecurity and disruptive technology are two of the top trends to watch for in 2016.…
During this week of Thanksgiving, the Manufacturing Industry Advisor team wishes to thank all of you for reading, contributing to, and sharing our blog. Since this is a busy time of year for everyone, some of you might have missed a post or two over the last few weeks. For your convenience, linked below are some of our most recent and popular posts. Enjoy reading and please have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Addressing Climate Change in SEC Filings and Other Public Disclosures: What
For all expecting and new parents, you probably have learned how quickly buying your child’s products adds up! So why would you be willing to pay more for an American-made product when you could purchase a similar product or even the “same” product, produced overseas, for half the cost? To answer this question, you should ask yourself whether you really want to trust your baby with foreign imports. Although many items produced overseas are superb,…
What is next for the auto industry in Brazil and Argentina? Despite the current recession, the markets show signs of the potential for growth, although it will likely be at a slow pace.  Below is a high level summary of certain economic indicators, trends and other factors that influence the overall economic situation and the auto industry in the region.…
2014, the Manufacturing Industry Advisor’s inaugural year, marked an exciting but challenging time for American manufacturers. In our final blog post for the year, we will highlight some of the trends and developments we noted in 2014, with links to our earlier observations. Here, at Foley & Lardner, we aim to do more than monitor important developments and trends; we also want to provide you with insight to improve your businesses.…
In recent years, event data recorders have been used by various safety organizations and administrative offices to capture information such as the speed of a vehicle or the use of a safety belt. All of this data was used by the office of vehicle safety to research and improve vehicle safety. Although these cameras are advertised as being a safety feature that can help record accidents or even crimes, drivers are finding creative ways to…
During this week of Thanksgiving, the Manufacturing Industry Advisor team wishes to thank all of you for reading, contributing to, and sharing our blog. Since this is a busy time of year for everyone, some of you might have missed a post or two over the last few weeks. For your convenience, linked below are some of our most recent and popular posts. Enjoy reading and please have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Six Tips for Protecting Manufacturers’ Most Valuable Assets – Trade
Localized Barriers to Trade (LBTs) are an increasingly common phenomenon across the globe. Such barriers hurt job creation, impede growth, and limit economic opportunities. What does this mean for manufacturers in the United States? Already faced with traditional trade and investment restrictions such as tariffs, manufacturers now must face additional challenges from forced localization, intellectual property theft, and export bans.…
This month we salute two organizations for raising the profile of leaders in the manufacturing industry. First is the Manufacturing Institute for presenting the 2015 STEP Awards. We encourage readers to nominate a peer or colleague for this prestigious national award. The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership at all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to the C-suite. To nominate a peer or colleague for contributions to her company…
Mexico, our neighbor to the south, is growing every day as a leading producer in the automobile industry. Presently, Mexico is the world’s largest producer of light vehicles and the second largest in Latin America. Companies in Mexico in the light vehicle industry have approximately 18 production complexes located in 11 states in Mexico. These complexes consist of activities ranging from assembly to stamping and bodywork. Currently, the Mexican Auto Industry (MAI) accounts for 4% of the national GDP…