Swine flu's manufacturing impact hits three fronts
It's a safety issue for workers, but a manufacturing growth business for others
While the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control begin to deal with the pandemic threats associated with the swine flu outbreak worldwide, manufacturers work to deal with the crisis on three fronts. Manufacturers must protect their workers against the spread of swine flu. But the crisis has also been a boon for manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and respirator masks .
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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