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Wednesday, January 14 2015
Feeding the World: Innovation, Land Grants and University Research Parks

By Eileen Walker, CEO of the Association of University Research Parks (AURP)

    Active urban redevelopment projects are helping to rebuild long defunct, distressed downtown areas into cosmopolitan centers of activity—with many now branding and focusing on exciting concepts of “innovation.” Universities and academic medical centers are taking part in these exciting projects, contributing their expertise and know how. Companies are participating, too— helping to invigorate local startup, app development, and service economies.

    Meanwhile, true innovation hums away at university research parks, most of them adjacent to major university campuses across the country. Significant and meaningful advancements in biotechnology and agricultural technology are being made in research parks every day—thanks to their collaborations with land-grant institutions, which have been crucial to the development to the economy not only of the United States but also the entire world.

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Wednesday, January 14 2015
A Renaissance for the Plastics Industry: The Upside and Challenge

By K. John Gutshaw & David S. Laszlo, Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting

    Plastics production is essentially a two-phased process that begins with the raw material preparation and manufacturing of polymer resins. This product, typically in the form of pellets or beads, is then shipped to fabrication sites where the material is formed into final plastic products. Several processing methods are utilized depending on the type of product, i.e. extrusion (film), injection molding (containers), blow molding (bottles) or rotational molding (hollow plastic items).

    The industry’s significant global economic influence is undeniable – with annual plastics production reaching 288 million metric tons. The same holds true in the U.S., where we see an extraordinary impact on the economy. Consider: Plastics is the third largest industry within the manufacturing sector, employing 892,000 people (or 6.7 of every 1,000 non-farm jobs); reported annual shipments of $373 billion and capital investment expenditures of $9.6 billion; and, 15,949 manufacturing facilities spread across all 50 states.

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Wednesday, January 14 2015
The U.S. Medical Device Industry

By SelectUSA

    The United States remains the largest medical device market in the world with a market size of around $110 billion, and it is expected to reach $133 billion by 2016.  The U.S. market value represented about 38 percent of the global medical device market in 2012.  U.S. exports of medical devices in key product categories identified by the Department of Commerce (DOC) exceeded $44 billion in 2012, a more than seven percent increase from the previous year.

    There are more than 6,500 medical device companies in the U.S., mostly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  More than 80 percent of medical device companies have fewer than 50 employees, and many (notably innovative start-up companies) have little or no sales revenue.  Medical device companies are located throughout the country, but are mainly concentrated in regions known for other high-technology industries, such as microelectronics and biotechnology.  The states with the highest number of medical device companies include California, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts, Illinois, Minnesota and Georgia.  Other states with significant sector employment include Washington, Wisconsin, and Texas.

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Wednesday, January 14 2015
The Rise of Reverse Logistics in e-Commerce Freight Shipping World

By Adam Robinson, Director of Marketing & Digital Marketing Consultant at Cerasis

    Reuse of products and materials is not a new phenomenon, waste paper recycling, deposit systems for soft drink bottles, and metal scrap brokers are all examples that have been around for a long time. However, reverse logistics as a research field is relatively new. A body of knowledge is beginning to develop around the reverse logistics field which only emerged within the last two decades or so. Especially during the last decade, reverse logistics has obtained recognition both as a research field and as a practice. Although reverse logistics has been gaining more and more attention in recent years, many companies haven’t fully realized its importance and what is reverse logistics. As a matter of fact, reverse logistics is too often viewed as a headache, an expensive and recurring headache.

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Tuesday, January 13 2015
Trending Upward: Location Considerations for Aerospace Manufacturing

By Frank Spano, Managing Director and Susan Riffle, Communications Specialist, The Austin Company

    The aerospace industry is nationally dispersed, with numerous manufacturers and suppliers all contributing to the trends that impact the industry. This article focuses on the broad range of companies that fall within NAICS 3364 – Aerospace Product and Part Manufacturing, including aviation and aircraft manufacturing.

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