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Three months ago, in my first column as the Web Editor, I stated that the goal of Plant Engineering Online was to provide you with the foremost information resource for the plant engineering market. In addition, I declared that you -- the users -- would have significant input on our journey to reaching that goal. Basically, if Plant Engineering Online is to be the place to turn for information to help do your job better, then who better than you to make sure we head in the right direction?
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey