In celebration of National Engineers Week 2004, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) recently announced its release of new information resources that manufacturers can use to understand global manufacturing challenges, trends and opportunities. These resources include the exclusive "SME 2004 Global Manufacturing Fact Booklet," a new website (http://www.sme.org/globalcompetition), and a management forum that highlights the realities and dispels the misunderstandings associated with global competitiveness. These resources are a compilation of information on topics such as trade practices, wages, workforce development, productivity improvements, expanding markets and much more. More importantly, they highlight the solutions that will help manufacturers survive in this new economy.
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