This Week in Welding
Jan. 8, 2013

Economist Ricardo Hausmann says the US has a chance to invent the manufacturing technology of tomorrow
MIT Technology Review
Countries trying to understand what's next for their export industries often call Ricardo Hausmann. The Harvard economist and onetime planning minister for Venezuela has developed a kind of economic aptitude test for nations. Using complexity theory and trade data, Hausmann looks at what a country is good at making and predicts what types of more valuable items it could produce next.More

Registration open for AWS Shipbuilding Conference in New Orleans
The conference will include a technical program featuring presentations on advanced welding processes, NDT, materials, robotics and mechanized welding for shipbuilding applications. Presenters will discuss new flux-core welding electrodes for high-yield steels, a new approach to reduce diffusible hydrogen content in the weld zone, aluminum applications and welding tractors that can be used for all position welding that do not require tracks. Other presentations will address the integration of robotics and welding power supplies, hybrid laser welding in shipyards, and the use of portable robots to join thick steel plating.More

Factories are firing up, except in Europe
The New York Times
The slowdown in worldwide manufacturing that began in mid-2012 may be nearing an end. Surveys of manufacturing companies around the world indicated that in December nearly as many companies reported that orders were rising as said that orders were continuing to decline. The gains were concentrated in developing countries; China reported its best month in nearly two years. But much of the euro zone remained weak. France reported its worst monthly figure since early 2009, when the credit crisis was at its worst.More

US manufacturing rebounds in December
CNN Money
The Institute of Supply Management's monthly reading on the U.S. manufacturing sector came in at 50.7 in December, moving the index off its 2012 low of 49.5 in November. The index is compiled from a survey of manufacturing supply managers, and any number above 50 indicates the sector is growing. The December expansion marked only the third time the sector grew in the last seven months.More

North Carolina manufacturers need skilled workers to fill jobs
VideoBriefGary Case has been a mechanic at the airport for the last 23 years. Now he's learning new skills in CPCC's manufacturing program. "The income you can make leaving here is a very viable income," he says. Research shows there are lots of manufacturing jobs in Charlotte, N.C., but not enough skilled workers to fill them.More

Ford to invest $773 million in US, creating 2,350 jobs in Michigan
As part of a plan to add 12,000 jobs by 2015, Ford said it will invest $773 million to expand factories across its home state of Michigan, generating 2,350 new jobs, The investment will help save an additional 3,240 jobs, it said. "Even as we wrap up an incredibly busy year of capacity expansions and product launches, we are continuing to look to the future," said Jim Tetreault, Ford vice president of North America Manufacturing.More

Manufacturing, design and innovation
This is an expanded version of Don Norman's welcoming address to the "Workshop on Building the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation," on Sept. 27 at the western conference center of the National Academies in Irvine, Calif. He discussed the steps towards getting American manufacturing to be an engine of innovation.More

Manufacturing expansion accelerates in China
CNN Money
China's factories continued their expansion in December, according to a key manufacturing index. HSBC said its Chinese purchasing managers' index, or PMI, rose to a 19-month high of 51.5 in December from 50.5 in November. The reading was above 50, meaning that manufacturing is now in a state of accelerated expansion.More

Accelerated auto, welding instruction on tap at Western Nevada College
Lahonton Valley News
Local residents will also find accelerated automotive and welding instruction at Western Nevada College this spring. Ray Hockemier will teach an accelerated welding class Jan. 15 through May 1, offering students a daytime college schedule. The class meets four days a week, to provide the equivalent of two years of welding training, minus the general education component. At the end of the class, students may test to become certified welders, according to Linda Devon, a WNC grant manager.More

Boeing delivered 601 commercial aircraft and booked the second-highest number of orders in company history in 2012
Aerospace giant Boeing said it delivered 601 commercial aircraft in 2012, substantially more than the previous year, while it booked the second-highest orders in company history. Ramped-up production rates drove a 26 percent increase in deliveries from 477 deliveries in 2011, the Chicago-based company said, highlighting the level was the most since 1999.More

Texas librarian's passion for past inspires welding pursuit
Abilene Reporter-News
Heather Williamson is quick to point out that there's no such thing a "stereotypical librarian." Williamson should know. As the Cisco College librarian, she is someone who can't be neatly defined. Welding and library science are not often used in the same sentence. But Williamson brought the two together recently when she started learning welding through classes at Cisco College. Her foray into welding was about practicality and had a lot to do with attending medieval-themed events.More

Manufacturers Sign on To Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
The Wall Street Journal
Industrial companies are starting to catch up to consumer brands in their use of social media marketing, using LinkedIn, Facebook and even YouTube to reach buyers for decidedly unsexy products such as electrical components, industrial lubricants, generators and contract manufacturing. More

Missouri welding instructor has artistic side
Springfield News-Leader
When Tom Stage looks at a pile of scrap metal, he doesn't see it heading to some recycling site. He sees it taking shape as a piece of art. Stage, who teaches welding at Ozarks Technical Community College, has been dabbling in metal art for many years, sharing his work with family and friends. Now, he's branching out and offering his work for sale.More

Welding simulator brings competition and career ideas to area high schools
VideoBrief While many students debate what they want to do after high school, at least one option has gotten a bit clearer. Welding. "To be able to be scored like this and see what you're doing while you're welding, it's huge, I fixed some of my own problems from it," said Kyle Stein. It's all part of this Manufacturing Day event at area high schools. Schuette, Inc. of Rothschild brought in a welding simulator. More

Airgas buys Metroplex Service Welding Supply
Dallas Business Journal
A unit of Airgas has acquired Fort Worth-based Metroplex Service Welding Supply. Terms weren't disclosed of the deal between Radnor, Pa.-based Airgas USA LLC, a supplier of industrial and specialty gases, and Metroplex Service Welding. Metroplex Service Welding and another company that Airgas USA acquired simultaneously, Philadelphia-based Excel Welding & Industrial Supplies Inc., have combined revenue of about $30 million.More