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IP IN DEPTH: Protecting Intellectual Property Rights at Home

June 1, 2004
While doing business in China exposes companies to technology theft, clandestine production runs that are diverted to the black market, and other direct risks, U.S. companies that are not doing business in China are not immune from having their products copied and manufactured in China (or some other country) and sold in the U.S.
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REFRACTORIES REVIEW: What's Happening in China?

June 1, 2004
In 2003, the gross domestic product (GDP) of China increased by 9.1%. It is not known if this rapid pace of economic growth can continue-some predict it will go on until at least 2010, while others say this may be a "bubble" and that the government will have to put on the brakes to slow and control the growth.
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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: PURCHASING POWER<br>Buying Thermal Processing Equipment - Part Six:<br>Negotiate Purchase and Performance Agreements

May 1, 2004
In this sixth and final column in the "Purchasing Power" series, learn how to maximize your negotiation leverage, address proposal discrepancies with vendors, ensure all your business needs will be met, and establish reasonable performance measures that will help keep the project on track.
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INSIDE CI: Old-Fashioned Ingenuity

May 1, 2004
Comments from CI Editor Kristi Grahl
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INSIDE CI: Finding New Solutions

April 1, 2004
Efficiency, flexibility, durability, quality, low maintenance-these are the buzzwords in today's ceramic manufacturing plants. Fortunately, equipment suppliers are tuned in to these needs and are developing new solutions that meet them.
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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: PURCHASING POWER<br>Buying Thermal Processing Equipment - Part 5:<br>Proposal Comparison and Evaluation

April 1, 2004
In this fifth column in the "Purchasing Power" series, learn how to create an effective comparative matrix of supplier proposals, techniques for addressing specification variances, methods for integrating key business information into the evaluation process, and key qualification issues that should be confirmed at this stage.
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April 1, 2004
China doesn't change the technology race; it just broadens the field of entrants.
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KILN CONNECTION: Interpreting Data Logger Results

April 1, 2004
Data loggers that produce the true thermal history of the firing process are effective consulting tools. However, to fully take advantage of this technology, we have to set up the hardware and software so the diagnosis of problems becomes easier.
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INSIDE CI: Taking Chances

March 1, 2004
A discussion of the migration of U.S. manufacturing to lower-cost regions
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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: PURCHASING POWER<br>Buying Thermal Processing Equipment - Part Four:<br>Supplier Sourcing and Qualification

March 1, 2004
In this fourth column in the "Purchasing Power" series, learn how to find suppliers having the specific business strengths and technical expertise you need, which questions should be asked and answered early in supplier discussions, and the appropriate methods to use for supplier qualification.
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