U.S. Supreme Court Unexpectedly Stays Clean Power Plan

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In a virtually unprecedented move, the Supreme Court yesterday issued an order staying the Clean Power Plan, the cornerstone of President Obama’s environmental agenda and the most significant step the country has ever taken to address climate change. Continue reading this entry

Leaders Discuss Issues Facing Florida Manufacturers

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As part of its ongoing 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour, the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”), including CEO Jay Timmons and others, stopped in Tampa, Florida on January 28 and 29, 2016. The visit included tours of local manufacturers’ facilities, such as Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sun Hydraulics. In addition to interfacing with local manufacturers, NAM issued a call to action, encouraging manufacturers to engage with political candidates in preparation for the 2016 elections. Continue reading this entry

China's “RoHS 2” Regulation: What Manufacturers Must Know

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After years of deliberation and industry anticipation, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) promulgated the “RoHS 2” regulation on January 21, 2016, with the formal (translated) title “Management Methods for the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products.” See our English reference translation of RoHS 2 here. Continue reading this entry

Top Trends to Watch for in 2016

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Manufacturers continued to face challenges and find opportunities related to cybersecurity in 2015, and those trends can only be expected to intensify in 2016. New laws and new threats (discussed in more detail here and here) have either incentivized or required manufacturers to evaluate their cybersecurity strengths and weaknesses, then capitalize on the former and work to eliminate the latter. In light of the rapid evolution of cybersecurity technology and threats, manufacturers can expect to devote, or continue to devote, significant resources to cybersecurity issues in 2016. Continue reading this entry

Top Compliance Issues Facing Manufacturers in 2016

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In the last several years, the U.S. has been aggressively enforcing laws governing exports and international conduct. This is amply illustrated by the continuing imposition of large penalties on multinational companies for violations of U.S. economic sanctions and export control laws. To stay ahead of the threats, manufacturers can better manage their risk and mitigate costs by adopting a risk-based approach to compliance tailored to their unique method of operations, risk profile, countries of operation, and products sold. Continue reading this entry