International Industrial Development Is Leading to World Unification

Major Countries Will Have a Mission: To become a key piece in a “spinal cord” of world management.

Their Method: International alliances will become increasingly centered on specific long term goals of industrial production and distribution and less on military or ideological needs as was the case in the 20th century.

The essence of 21st century competition is competition in efficient product output and jockeying for position to be the main link in a global state directed heavy industry chain. Countries with highest capacity to mass produce and distribute complex infrastructure related things will be most able to provide structure for planetary unification/governance and acquire popular legitimacy for it. Individuals in relevant capitals of the world will go to great lengths to have their states be as indispensable within this spinal cord as possible. This involves creating links between so called “national champions” and national industrial sectors in general (and thus political units themselves as public sectors increasingly get involved in the long term planning and funding).

For example, elites in Mexico City may realize that the rapidly growing Mexican industrial sector may not take leadership in the northern hemisphere by itself. BUT if they integrate it sufficiently with Canadian and American sectors then their ability to make influential decisions far up the spinal chord gets dramatically increased. Their psychological ego drive to get better and better seats at collective decision making table will thus drive the countries they manage towards merger.

One might argue that this isn’t any different from the process that has happened for the last 400 years as various cartels pushed their governments into cooperation/merger, into international or supranational alliances, and occasionally into warfare with each other over surplus production. One might also argue that the post-hegemonic fragmentation into a multipolar world is also a seemingly cyclical typical occurrence. However, the current process of financial and industrial cartels influencing supranational mergers will take place in an environment that differs from a previous multi polar period of the early 20th century. That is since:

1) Dogmatic economic and political ideology in general has been discredited (with decline of the last two major ideological powers: USSR and US)

2) Nationalism has been discredited in its older forms by technological globalization and by major migratory flows of humans

3) There is tendency towards continental political blocks that build on and improve on the EU model

4) Warfare between cartels (and thus the governments they control) is prevented by the existence of nuclear weapons

5) World is now in a fragile situation where:

_____a) Due to accelerating technological progress and the Internet, world’s rich find it increasingly difficult to maintain/create artificial scarcity (on at least light industry level) to prevent major profit collapse and corresponding social unrest

_____b) Major transnational cooperation is constantly required (on at least continental level) to coordinate fiat money generation and banking-monetary policy in general to prevent major profit collapse and corresponding social unrest

_____c) Capital intensive heavy industrial production (of fission reactors, high speed trains, etc) cannot really be fully managed and funded by individual cartels anymore and requires constant state/tax payer subsidy, support, and assistance

_____d) Ramping up capital intensive heavy industrial production/infrastructure is required to resolve and manage rapid population growth, resource depletion, and environmental degradation. This is needed in order to prevent civil unrest stemming from these 3 key global issues (civil unrest = major profit collapse = civil unrest).

Although the factors that create current cartel driven tendency towards political merging are not always stated this clearly, they nevertheless direct this process for the most part.

What is apparent is that powerful egos cannot compete in the old ways via violence or in a free for all technologically enabled resource depletion. Financial speculation has also proven as inadequate to provide a long term release valve for psychological competition.The process of elimination leaves world leaders with a rather novel benign (and rather difficult!) way to compete via production and welfare generation for the people they oversee.

To help visualize what is needed, what is happening, what will increasingly continue to happen, and what needs to be ingrained in global consciousness as needing to happen, think of this example:

[There are 5 continents in the world with multiple countries each. 4 of these continents have at least 2 strong industrial countries with industrial monopolies that are cozy with their respective governments. Elites of 3-4 of the continents (North and South American companies may merge on this one) decide to create supranational “Japans on steroids” for each specific heavy industry. With state aid and coordination, a beefed up equivalent to European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) is created on each continent for energy, high speed rail transport, bridge/tunnel equipment, air/space transport, modular housing, and a few others related to resource extraction to feed the new “continental champions”.]

Obviously a far greater amount of state capitalism and state funding/management is required to create these continental champions. This is made palatable to tax payers via sharing half or more of the profits with government treasuries the way Gazprom does. This rapidly builds on, combines, and goes further than European Coal and Steel Community, Euratom, EADS, Gazprom, and others.

The main goal is not only to rapidly streamline and take advantage of economies of scale in heavy industrial production of energy plants, large energy power plants parts, trains, planes, modular housing, and resource extraction/recycling. The main goal is to turn every continent into a supranational factory making 5-6 broad categories of things needed to prevent global social unrest AND to maintain competition, evolution, and diversity of product within global industry. The beauty of this process is that each country can increase or decrease the level of state ownership/(macro socialism or state capitalism however you’d like to call it) as it sees fits while maintaining the country within the industrial chain. Being part of the chain also creates incentives to boost technological, infrastructural, and social development in all spheres to remain part of and embed further into the chain. The incentives to make holistic improvements are greater than those driven by neoliberal emphasis on reform since success and failure is more obvious. The public can easily tell if their country doesn’t have what it takes to design and cheaply construct a large part for a next generation transatlantic hypersonic heavy passenger plane. To catch up and enter the chain, the production capabilities of military industrial complexes should be converted to civilian use when possible and utilized to the maximum.

Additional positives of this arrangement is that a lot more capital intensive experimentation can now be allowed due to pulling of resources and supranational tax payer guarantees. Macro Gazprom type build up in production inefficiencies is more than compensated by introduction of new generations of hypersonic aircraft, mass production of MagLev transport and passenger train wagons, fission reactors, etc.

There is also an Orwellian twist to this new global competition (although a positive one). One can see the 6 continents entering into a triangular macro competition where not even 2 beefed up EADS type super companies can ever hope to fully win. Lets be more obvious. Say there is Oceania Rail, Eurasia Rail, and EastAsia rail all developing newer, better, and differentiated MagLev train products (ranging from magnetic heavy loader factory chain carts, to city subway cars, to transcontinental passenger, etc). Triangular competition like this tends to produce simultaneous launches of product by all 3 entities. This has been observed in product ranging from flat screen television to next generation fight airplanes. We see first seeds of what’s to come in the Boeing and Airbus rivalry with China working on its own super heavy transcontinental passenger plane.

If triangular competition reaches total planetary scale then the cost of the new products, time to make them, and time in between each successive generation of product falls. Yes, there will be entire continents filled with monopolies fused into supranational continental monopolies but it is small price to pay for macro level technological progress. New experimental continent scale protectionist policies and competition over guiding/exploiting the development of African Union should prevent any 2 supranational factories from totally overcoming the triangular arrangement. Tripolar world is dramatically more dynamic as elites within each industrial cluster need to always be focused to prevent indirect strategic collusion between 2 rivals while working and competing with each rival indirectly as well. Anybody who played 3 way chess knows this. Some projects like manned mission to Mars may require occasional industrial unipolarity but for the most part the tripolar arrangement described has sufficient economies of scale to really benefit humanity.

Material Handling Industry History

Materials Handling Industry has matured as never before. Ever since the industrial revolution started, goods needed to be transported at a larger scale. These transports and movement of goods and materials have become the material handling industry, a mature industry which has anchored in all corners of the globe and has

The Industry Definition
By definition, this optimization business is the movement, protection, control and storage of goods before, during and after the production or manufacturing process. But also includes the handling of goods during distribution to end consumers and even during the consumption and the disposal part of the end product. Every little handling falls within the handling industry.

The logistics industry highly relies on the material handling industry and in many ways is intertwined with this industry as well. The tow industries go hand in hand in order to let the supply chain process go as fluently as possible.

A Little Industrial History
This management business has been around ever since humans have been trading goods. Once trading and manufacturing started to happen at a larger scale more efficient systems needed to be developed and brought into place. Equipment and optimization are constantly evolving to facilitate the demand of goods.

The industrial revolution was sparked of in Great Britain in the early 18th century when the first commercially viable steam engines entered the manufacturing, mining, agricultural and transport processes. These inventions and contraptions were shipped all over the world to increase production volumes and the industrialization of the world became a fact. The material handling industry developed along side.

In principle we are still in the middle of the industrial revolution, as we keep progressing forward. Steam engines were only the spark that flamed the technological process. But the introduction of the combustion engine, electricity, electronics, the microchip and now nano technology all are part of an ongoing industrial revolutionary process. And all along this industry has grown, developed and progressed as well.

Material Handling Industry of America
Companies in the material handling industry have united in the MHIA in the United States. The MHIA is one of the largest organizations in the world representing the material handling industry. Not strange as the United States is the largest economy in the world. The MHIA is a non-profit trade organization helping its members to perform more efficiently on the world platform.

This commercial enterprise is an exciting industry as a whole as it keeps progressing and filtering in the processes needed to optimize the movement, protection, control and storage of goods. The consumption of material handling and logistics equipment and systems in America exceeds $156 billion per year, and producers employ in excess of 700,000 workers.

The Present Scenario Of Paper Industry In India

The Indian paper industry has been in existence for more than a decade. Today there are more than 850 paper mills functioning all over the country. These industries manufacture various types of paper materials required for different purposes. This industry is known to be one of the leading industries in India as it provides employment to more than 1.5 million people.

The widespread demand for different types of paper products such as book, magazines, newspapers, bags, plates, cups, envelopes and so forth has further escalated the growth of this industry. But the lack of proper raw materials has affected the future of this thriving industry in India. Large scale deforestation has led to the depletion of raw materials for the production of paper products.

According to the type of raw materials used for production purposes, the paper industry in India is classified into three categories which include the wood based, waste paper based and the agro based industries. Most of the mills in India are based on raw materials which are non-conventional such as waster paper. Today the paper industry in India is in search of technologically advanced methods to reduce the cost of production and augment the existing technologies to meet the international standard levels. The government of India has introduced various rules and regulations to encourage joint ventures and investments in this field.

Current Scenario

The strong demand of paper products has pushed the Indian paper industry to a new level. It is expanding to meet the growing demands of the people. Vast changes have taken place in the field of printing paper, tissues, newsprint and so forth. Modern management along with latest technological machines is used for the completion of various projects. Nowadays, foreign investors are interested in setting up new plants for manufacturing paper to bring forth huge revenue to the paper industry.

The paper industry is planning to widen its horizons with the help of joint ventures and new investors.

However, the paper industry is facing many challenges due to the shortage of raw materials and the rise in population. The demand for industrial wood, fire wood and timber is continuing to grow due to the ever increasing population.

Challenges Faced by the Industry

Some of the other challenges faced by this industry are the location of paper units. Most of the paper units in the country are located in remote areas. The industry is quite unattractive to the young generation as it is located away from the city and modern facilities.

Lack of health facilities and educational institutes near these units are also considered to be one of the greatest drawbacks of this industry. The revenue procured from the paper industry is considerably less in comparison to the other industries in India.

Today the country uses alternative raw materials to produce high quality paper. Most of the industries have become environmentally responsible by adopting eco-friendly manufacturing processes.

The future of the Indian economy is indirectly linked to the future of the paper industry in India. The industry is expected to witness a better future in the coming years.

Industrial Furniture Moves Into Chic Decor

Gaining popularity for non-industrial uses because of the design elements it offers, industrial furniture is moving out of industrial environments and into dining rooms and dens. Making especially big moves in vintage circles, A-frames and wood-backed metal chairs are turning up as dining room tables and antique bar stools. Scissor lift coffee tables are starting conversations in chic living rooms and basic metal industrial chairs are brightening sidewalk cafes, thanks to nothing more than a fresh coat of paint.

Once left to rust or rot and be melted or broken down into raw materials, old industrial furniture is finding new life in contemporary interior design. Repurposed as unique, distinctive household furnishings and art pieces, industrial tables, chairs, shelving, and random components are proving more useful than ever. Little features like caster wheels make bookcases popular, with industrial shelves hung between jointed pipes. The potential uses for this furniture that once was confined to labs and warehouses are countless.

Consumers Seek Durability and Convenience in Industrial Furniture

Necessarily durable for its industrial uses, this newly chic furniture appeals to consumers in part because of the strong materials used to construct it. It is hard to beat steel if you want table legs that can withstand the impact of toy cars, cat claws, skateboards, and the like. Increasingly opting for new rather than used industrial strength home furnishings, consumers are also looking for convenience.

While the vintage decor set may be willing to either accept the sometimes-shabby condition of this furniture or restore it themselves, the majority prefer to buy it new. This much easier and more convenient way to acquire their home furnishings is to look at new products, even if their plan is to assemble pipes into a coffee table base. They are also attracted by the most basic details that provide convenience, whether wheels for heavy furniture or the adjustable height of a dining room table.

Urban Dwellers Make Urban Decor Appealing With Industrial Designs

With so many consumers living in high-rises of concrete and steel, it is no surprise that many of them consciously attempt to see the beauty in their urban environment. That explains why cityscapes are popular for wall art and grunge is welcome on custom rugs and bathroom towels. Urban energy is sought after, witness hip-hop and rap, and that same desire to make something special of urban stimulation leads consumers to want industrial furniture.

It is also hard to argue that there are home furnishings more unique than a scissor lift table or a sculpture made from industrial components. Also sparked by congested urban environments, the need to stand out is satisfied with an industrial work of art or a much talked-about piece of furniture. Not only signaling unique individuals, industrial furniture also fits with the increasing environmental awareness of consumers. This contributes to both the repurposing of vintage industrial items and the desire for long-lasting industrial materials in new furnishings.

Taken together, there are compelling reasons for the seemingly inexplicable surge of interest in industrial furniture. The addition of homeowners looking for unique furniture to industrial users is significantly widening the customer base for retailers of these products. No longer just a staple of industrial working environments, this furniture is bringing a long-lasting twist to home decor.

Power, Control, Wealth, The Third Industrial Revolution

When the first Industrialized Revolution unfolded the fuel that ushered in a new found way of life was all based on fossil fuels. The gluttony that followed in the fervor frenzy of drilling and mining that ensued only created an environmental catastrophe of epic proportions today. Yet in the United States most of our government is in a state of denial that our industrial infrastructure that by the way is built all off of fossil fuels is the cause of all the environmental impact that global warming is having all around the globe. The continuing onslaught of more natural disasters which have been occurring more frequently with each passing year is a direct result of mans interference with the natural balance on this planet.

All civilization is at a critical juncture today. We have developed more technologies in the shortest amount of time than in any other period in the history of mankind. Sadly though in every society there are multitudes left with-out the benefits that these technologies could bring. More and more people are facing dire living conditions in practically every country in the world today. Over one billion people world wide are literally starving to death. The threat of Global Pandemics is as real as it gets. All of these can and must be eliminated if mankind is to survive. We now have the technology to make it happen, but the resolve to use the technologies that we have and develop more technologies for the betterment of the human experience is all predicated by relinquishing man’s own thirst for more power, control and wealth.

The scientific community all support that drastic changes in the earths delicate condition will cause events of biblical proportions if man continues on in denial and apathy in regards to not utilizing the technologies developed in eliminating the need and use of all fossil fuels. We are already on the brink of mass extinctions of marine life caused by mans destructive nature in pollution of our oceans. It is now more apparent than ever that the United States has to change direction, ideology, and attitudes if this nation is ever going to rise out of the ashes of our economic crisis. Like the Phoenix rising again to lead the world in green energy for all. Remember the opening to the Six Million Dollar Man ” We have the technology to make him better, faster, stronger” well, guess what we actually do.

The peak of the industrial revolution using fossil fuels happened around 1980. This is when scientists first really became concerned of the effects of all the carbon being released by the industrial complexes was having. For over one hundred years of mans indifference to the earths natural balance has now created a planetary crisis. History is a great teacher. In every economic revolution when new technology is developed it devises new energy systems. These new energy systems make it possible to create more independent economic activity. This in turn gives rise to providing more avenues to expand more commercial activity. Accompanying all this new technology are communication so called revolutions which become the foundations where mans ability to organize, manage, and control a newer more stable set of spatial dynamics. All from from evolving energy technologies.

In the last part of the 19th century and the first part of the 20th century the fossil fuel technology of the time, primarily coal, was the technology that powered the communication industries which also contributed to rail infrastructure and all the other commercial markets of the First Industrial Revolution. In the 20th century beginning around 1910, electronic communications like the telephone, radio and television became the communication medium that managed and marketed the oil-powered auto age and the mass consumer culture of the Second Industrial Revolution.

By 1994 a new convergence of communication and energy was now infiltrating society. Internet technology and reemergence of renewable energies were about to merge in creating a powerful new infrastructure for a Third Industrial Revolution. This Third Industrial Revolution has already begun and will change the world. In the next 100 years hundreds of millions of people will be able to produce their own green energy in their homes, in offices, and in factories all over the world. Humanity will be able to share with each other an “energy Internet,” just like we are able now to create and share information online. The democratization of energy will bring with it a fundamental reordering of all human relationships, impacting the very way we conduct business, govern society, educate our children, and engage in civic activities.

The United States has yet to capitalize on the emergence of this third industrial revolution. Government procrastination, denial, apathy and indifference have only confounded the American populace as to why the United States continually lags behind other industrialized countries in developing new renewable energy systems. In 2006 the European Union had laid the groundwork for further development of the Third Industrial Revolution. Green technologies have all given rise to a new medium of communications and infrastructure development. It is in Europe and in Japan that have taken hold of the idea that only with the development of renewable green energy will propel economies to greater heights of stability and prosperity. This while in the United States we are stuck with our antiquated energy policies and infrastructure that still rely on the fossil fuels of the first industrial and second industrial revolution.

Even with all the economic problems still facing the European Union it is the European Union that has the largest economy, not the United States or China. The gross domestic product (GDP) of its twenty-seven member states far exceeds the GDP of all our fifty states.The European Union is probably the only group of countries that are continually asking the bigger questions about humanities future viability as a species on Earth. All because of man’s unrelenting thirst for more power, control and wealth using the energy systems of he first and second industrial revolutions have created a world that has become almost inhospitable to man.

The Third Industrial Revolution most likely will be the last great Industrial Revolution. This revolution is beginning to lay the foundational infrastructure for an emerging collaborative age. In years to come this third industrial revolution with all the infrastructure development will create hundreds of thousands of new businesses and hundreds of millions of new jobs world wide. In doing so its completion, the last remnants of the first and second industrial revolution, will signal the end of over a two-hundred-year commercial saga characterized by industrious rationale`, entrepreneurial markets, and mass labor workforces.The antiquated thinking of the last 20th century will pass to a new generation of progressiveness and usher in the beginning of a new era marked by collaborative behavior, social networks and professional and technical workforces. In the next half century, the conventional, centralized business operations of the First and Second Industrial Revolutions will give way to increased business practices of the Third Industrial Revolution. The tradition concept of power over society will cease to exist. A Unilateral concept of power will unfold as a result of the third industrialized revolution. The very notion of lateral power seems so contradictory now to how we have experienced power relations of the past. Power, after all, has traditionally been organized pyramidically from top to bottom. Today, however, the collaborative power unleashed by the coming together of Internet technology and renewable green energies, fundamentally restructures human relationships, not from top to bottom but from side to side. All with profound implications for the future of society.

Prime examples of this concept is when the recording industry didn’t understand distributed power until millions of young people began sharing music online. Corporate profits fell to all time lows. The Encyclopedia Britannica didn’t appreciate the distributed and collaborative power that made Wikipedia the leading reference source in the world through the Internet. Nor did the newspapers take seriously the distributed power of the blogosphere. Today many publications are either going out of business or transferring much of their activities online. The implications of people sharing distributed energy over the Internet have even more far-reaching consequences.

As in every new communication and energy infrastructure devised through-out history, the building blocks, the pillars of an Industrial Revolution must be laid down simultaneously or the foundation will not hold. That’s because each block can only function in relationship to the others. There are known five fundamental principles of the Third Industrial Revolution:
(1) shifting to renewable energy;
(2) transforming the building stock of every continent into micro-power plants to collect renewable energies on-site;
(3) deploying hydrogen and other storage technologies in every building and throughout the infrastructure to store intermittent energies;
(4) using Internet technology to transform the power grid of every continent into an energy-sharing intergrid that acts just like the Internet (when millions of buildings are generating a small amount of energy locally, on-site, they can sell surplus back to the grid and share electricity with their continental neighbors); and
(5) transitioning the transport fleet to electric plug-in and fuel cell vehicles that can buy and sell electricity on a smart, continental, interactive power grid.

The critical need to integrate and harmonize these five principals at every stage of development became clear to the European Union in 2010. The United states is just beginning to understand the importance of inaugurating a complete energy restructuring. So far without any real support by mostly the Republican led legislatures from state houses to the federal level who are still in a 20th century frame of mind. In Europe on the other hand they are now in development and are spending millions on updating its electricity grid to accommodate an influx of renewable energy. In America we are still lacking the infrastructure to enable renewable’s to develop and take the place of the traditional sources that we still have. The reluctance to invest in the infrastructure here in the United States is real cause for alarm. While the European Union is expected to draw close to one half of its electricity from green sources by 2020 the United States is no where near ready to even come close to Europe by 2020. The President is already committed to change and invest in the Third Industrial Revolution technologies but is continually assaulted by the Republicans.

The power grids in Europe are becoming digitized and made intelligent to handle the intermittent renewable energies being fed to the grid from tens of thousands of local producers of energy. This is economic revival. It’s not happening here in the United States as it is unfolding in Europe. Policies, regulations, permits and a whole slew of restrictions have made going green very cost prohibitive here in the United States. In Europe they realized that the development and deployment hydrogen and other storage technologies across the European Union’s infrastructure is essential for the amount of intermittent renewable energy. Similarly, Europe has also realized it is important to incentivize the construction and real estate sectors with low interest green loans and mortgages to encourage the conversion of millions of buildings in the European Union to mini power plants that can harness renewable energies on-site and send surpluses back to the smart grid. Europe has realized that unless these and other considerations are met, the European Union won’t be able to provide enough green electricity to power millions of electric plug-in and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles being readied for the market. If any of the five pillars fall behind the rest in their development, the others will stall and the infrastructure that is being developed will be compromised.

The creation of a renewable energy systems, that are integrated in buildings, partially stored in the form of hydrogen, distributed via smart intergrids, and connected to plug-in, zero-emission transport, opens the door sort of speaking to the Third Industrial Revolution. This entire system is interactive, integrated, and seamless. When the five principals that dictate the overall success of the Third Industrial Revolution are met, they make up an indivisible technological platform–an emergent system whose properties and functions are qualitatively different from the sum of its parts. In other words, the synergies between the pillars create a new economic paradigm that can and will transform the world.

To really appreciate how disruptive the Third Industrial Revolution is in the way we have organized economic life in the past, consider the profound changes that have taken place in just the last twenty years with the Internet revolution. The democratization of information and communication has altered the very nature of global commerce and social relations as significantly as the printing press has revolutionized the early modern era. Just now imagine the impact that the democratization of energy across all of society is likely to have when managed by Internet technology.

The Third Industrial Revolution is acutely relevant for the poorer countries in the developing world. We have to be conscious that almost 50% of the humanity stills lives on less than two dollars a day, live in devastating poverty, and of that 50% the majority have no electricity or access to proper sanitation. Without access to electricity they remain “powerless,” literally and figuratively. The single most important factor in raising hundreds of millions of people out of poverty is having reliable and affordable access to green electricity. All other economic development is impossible in its absence. The democratization of energy and universal access to electricity is the indispensable starting point for improving the lives of the poorest populations of the world. The extension of micro credit to generate micro power is already beginning to transform life across the developing nations, giving potentially millions of people hope of improving their economic situation.

History is riddled with examples of great societies that have fallen, promising social experiments that eventually died, and visions of the future that never came about. This time, however, the situation is different. The stakes are much higher. The possibility of humanities utter extinction is not something the human race ever had to consider before until the end of World war II. The prospect of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, along with the after effects of 200 years of mans un quenching thirst for more power, control, and wealth during the first and second industrial revolutions has really accelerated the odds that are dangerously close in favor of extinction of civilization as we know it. The Third Industrial Revolution offers mankind the hope that we can achieve a post-carbon era by mid-century. We have the science, and we have the technology to make it happen. The question now is whether we have the resolve and recognize the enormous economic possibilities that lie ahead.

Changing Industry Is Difficult But Not Impossible

With a recession in full swing many candidates are seeking to change industries. This is especially true if most of your experience is in an industry that has been hard hit in the recession. Some examples are the mortgage, financial or manufacturing industries. As an executive recruiter I often coach candidates on the best ways to go about changing industries. It is possible, but it also takes planning and patience. Two things lacking in many candidates.

Making an industry change in this economy is difficult, unless you have one of those jobs in which the skills required are not industry specific. That means your skills and training are easily transferable to another industry. The issue you have to overcome is that your competition for an opening will probably include people with extensive experience in the industry your want to move to. Most companies will look at those with industry experience first. Companies always prefer a person with direct industry experience over those without it. There are specific positions where industry experience is critical. For example sales positions. Knowing the customers and having contacts is clearly a benefit. On the other hand other functions, accounting, human resources and customer service are often transferable between industries. So I recommend taking some time to identify what are your transferable skills and how will they be of benefit in the new industry.

The best way to make an industry change is through networking. You need to build relationships with people in the industry. To do this consider attending professional associations, joining networking groups in the industry you desire to move to, attend trade shows or conferences, and start connecting with people in your local area. As they get to know you they will be able to determine how your strengths, outside their industry, can apply to the problems they need solved in their company. In this case going through recruiters or submitting resumes via ads are long shots.

There are some barriers you should think about overcoming when changing industries, assuming your skills are easily transferable. The first one is compensation. Chances are you are more valuable in the industry you come from than some unrelated industry. So the level of compensation will probably be less in a new industry than what you have been making. Secondly, the position will probably be at a lower level. If you were a manager in your industry, you may not qualify as a manager in the new industry. Finally, some additional training and education may be required.

Making an industry change takes planning. It isn’t something that happens all of a sudden because you are unemployed. In fact, once you are unemployed it maybe too late to start thinking about an industry change.

How To Use Modern Industrial Furniture

Industrial style furniture has gone from being just a passing trend to making its way into mainstream design and interior d├ęcor.

Through the years the industrial look or style has become an art form. Whether its an old recycled find or a stylish reproduction they are in the trendiest apartments, converted lofts and warehouses in the most popular suburbs of your city. The industrial look brings together comfortability, art and practical functionality to complement the modern or vintage style.

What is Industrial style furniture?

Years ago it may of meant scouring and collecting old or maybe rusted metal or wooden furniture from second-hand markets, vintage stores or garage sales with an idea of creating something unique.

Tin, aluminimum, iron steel, metals in sharp lines, recycled wood, metallic colours in a mixture of factory or farm pieces. Everything from wooden crates turned into coffee tables, unfinished walls with exposed beams to old lockers used for storage or rustic ladders for shelving, the industrial look takes on many forms and materials.

How to Incorporate the Industrial look in your home?

The humble materials of the Industrial look have a minimal and no-nonsense feel. Strong industrial look pieces can have a harsh or severe look on their own. Many people have found you can soften the look with natural textures and neutral colours. Even padded furniture can complement the industrial look if kept simple and free of frills. Texture from aged furniture works well with the strong shapes of the metals adding character.

The minimalistic rawness and open floor plan of the industrial style gives a hard-working un-pretentious feel that can suit any budget. Salvaging anything from large glass jars, old metal typewriters, bolts, machinery parts and using them to create something new.

Exposed walls and ceilings, mixing new furniture with old, rough textures with sharp smooth lines, the industrial look can be a design and style while still being practical and functional.

Where to get the Industrial look?

Although there can be great satisfaction in finding and maybe even restoring that just right piece of pre-loved furniture to complement your industrial look, our fast paced world doesn’t always cater to this.

Reproduction of industrial look furniture has now exploded into the market, combining new materials with old to replicate, add to, or make a whole new piece of industrial furniture.

There are many companies that specialise in retro furniture, and often have industrial furniture. Many of their pieces are made from recycled wood or steel, bringing new life to old materials while still keeping integrity to the industrial style.

Everything from bookcases, shelving, tables to stools and storage boxes, industrial furniture businesses have a great range of industrial look furniture to complement your home or office.

Auction houses are a great way to source previously used furniture. Look for auctions that source their furniture from companies in industrial zones. You may just find a perfect piece of outdoor furniture without the new furniture price-tag. Research online for your local auction houses, and then contact them for their current stock.

Network Marketing: Which Industry Segment Is The Right One Now?

Today, more than ever, people are worried about their future and what it holds in-store for them. The economy, unemployment, fears of inflation, the housing industry, the stock market, and more all seem to have no positive outlook for the future. Each day the news stations across every media channel report about doom and gloom in every corner of our world, with one exception – “Network Marketing”.

Recently, Network Marketing has been getting a lot of good press and rightly so. Network Marketing is the one sector of the economy that seems to be growing by leaps and bounds and appears to have no limitations in its future growth. No wonder more and more people are turning to Network Marketing as a source of a second income for themselves and their families.

Now may be the time for you to also begin thinking about finding a good network marketing company and launching a business of your own. Whether you are looking to augment your current income with a part-time business or you’re ready to dive head first into network marketing full time, now is the best time ever to get started. However, before you do I would like to share with you what I consider to be the one most important decision you need to make in considering what Network Marketing company you decide to promote.

There are many different Network Marketing companies that are all ready and willing to have you come on-board as their next “Independent Marketing Representative”. But, before you jump in and signup with a MLM company consider their industry. That’s right, I want you to consider what industry they represent because this will have a dramatic impact on how successful you can become with your new business venture.

Industry Selection – A 6 Step Strategy

Network Marketing spans the gamut of industries from health & beauty, to diet & weight loss, to gold bullion and gold coins, to financial planning and debt management, the list of industries goes on and on… You think of an industry, and chances are there is a Network Marketing company that represents it.

So how do you select the right industry for your Network Marketing Endeavor? Let me share my 6 Step Strategy for selecting the right Network Marketing Company;

1. Assess your strengths and weaknesses from an unbiased perspective.

Be honest with yourself and don’t let any emotions play into your self-assessment. Remember you want to understand as much about yourself as possible so you can choose an industry that is complimented by your knowledge, training, experience and background. Also consider your mental capabilities and physical characteristics during this step. Determine your comfort zone in such areas as public speaking, one to one conversations, cold calling, and leadership skills. Create a check list of each area that you assess yourself in and create a rating system to rate your skill and comfort level. In my opinion, this is the most important step. You must be honest with yourself and in your assessment of yourself; otherwise, the choices you make in the next 4 Steps will be incorrect and will just set you up for failure.

2. What industries match your personality, skills, and traits?

Come up with 3 – 5 industries that are your best match. You want to evaluate your skill set and match it to the industry that allows you to leverage the knowledge that you have already acquired. Taking this matching approach will reduce the learning curve and also provide you with the confidence you need to discuss your business and what it represents. Remember your physical and mental characteristics too. Obviously, if you are not the model of physical health then trying to promote health and fitness products would not be recommended, so you could rule out the Health & Fitness Industry from your list.

3. What are the industry growth prospects are over the next 3 – 5 years.

Pick up a newspaper, read the headlines and get up to speed on the economy and the world around you. Now is the time to dig deep into the industries you have chosen to focus your attention on. Which industry has the greatest potential for growth and thus would be the easiest and wisest industry to promote should shake out of this step. This step may take you the longest and require the most research, listen to what the world and financial analysts have to say also look and the industry and how it is doing now. For example, the Health, Fitness and Beauty industry is a $27 Billion dollar industry and with concerns of an obesity epidemic across the U.S., this industry is poised for huge future growth. Before completing this step you should know which industry you are going to focus the remaining steps of your research and exploration on.

4. Short list of the Network Marketing companies that are within your chosen industry.

Create a short list of companies that represent products and/or services from your chosen industry. The purpose of this step is to perform a high level review of what companies are available in the industries that you have chosen. You can find information about available Network Marketing companies by researching over the internet. Also, a few sites we have found helpful are MLMRankings.com and TheNetworkMarketingInsider.com which can provide you with enough information to start your research. Remember to narrow your research down to only those Network Marketing companies that serve your chosen industry.

5. Research the Best Company for You!

Use your short list of Network Marketing companies from Step #4 – research and dig deeper into what each company offers. Visit each company’s website and research their products, services, training, and tools. Research the company leaders and their backgrounds and what qualifications and experience they have for running an MLM company. Research the compensation plan and how you will make money with the company. Research the people that are part of this company. Reach out to several of their representative (these are people that have already enrolled in the company’s business opportunity) and ask them to share with you why you should join their company. This is also a great time to introduce yourself to those people that will eventually become your upline.

6. Select your company.

Now, it’s time to choose your company. The moment of truth is at hand, if you have done all of your due diligence then this step should be the easiest, as by now, you should be feeling pretty strongly towards one company, their products/services, and your future upline family.

It’s not easy starting a new business and just because you have decided to go into Network marketing does not mean that it makes it any easier. Look at the statistics, nearly 97% of the individuals that start out in Network Marketing will fail. However, if you follow the steps outlined here, do your due diligence in the beginning and approach Network Marketing just like you would approach any other business endeavor your chances of success will significantly increase.

Dyestuff Industry In India And China

World demand for dyes and organic pigments to touch $10.6 billion in 2008

According to a study on dyes & organic pigments, the worldwide demand for organic colourants (dyes and organic pigments) is projected to increase at $10.6 billion in 2008 form 4.9 per cent annually in 2003.

Generally, the dyestuff industry comprises three sub-segments, namely dyes, pigment and intermediates. The dye intermediates are petroleum downstream products which are further processed into finished dyes and pigments. These are important sources in major industries like textiles, plastics, paints, paper and printing inks, leather, packaging sector etc.

Leading players in dyes

Textile dyes have been used since the Bronze Age. They also constitute a prototype 21st-century specialty chemicals market. Three large manufacturers namely DyStar, Ciba Specialty Chemicals and Clariant are leaders in the dyes market. The biggest, DyStar, was established in a series of mergers of some of Europe’s leading textile dye businesses in the 1990s. Worldwide excess capacity and price burden, fueled by the immediate growth of Asian manufacturers, have shifted most dyestuff chemistries into commodities. Regulatory barriers have nearly stopped the progress of the opening of fundamentally new dyestuffs. Despite this DyStar, Ciba Specialty Chemicals and Clariant have grown over the past 10 years with innovative products and new chemistry is being set to endure reactive and dispersant dyes as well as in older dyestuffs such as sulfur dyes.

In 2001 the biggest individual company market shares in colourant production were DyStar (23%), Ciba (14%), Clariant (7%), Yorkshire Group (5%), Japanese (5%) and other traditional groups (3%)., and various dyestuff manufacturers comprise the largest group at 43%.

The only way to growth and to keep Asian bulk dyestuff manufacturers at bay, they say, comes straight out of specialty chemicals strategy to distinguish product offerings through collaborative work with customers and charge a premium price for particular products that gives a perfect solution. This is an effective method, provided that these suppliers produce in China, India, Pakistan, and Brazil as well as in the U.S. and Europe, and that most of the textile producers aim to maintain uniform quality and product performance across worldwide.

Europe is facing the problem of overcapacity of about 30 to 40 per cent in the market from Asia, especially China. But, experts believe, Asian manufacturers manufacture a limited number of low-cost, basic dyestuffs. Most of experts of this field believe that growth lies in innovation and differentiation. Though, of the 180,000-ton-per-year worldwide market for dispersed dyes, specialty dyes consist only about 5,000 tons.

DyStar is a major manufacturer of reactive dyes, which were developed 50 years ago at ICI. DyStar was recently purchased by Platinum Equity, is made up of the dyes business of the original ICI, as well as those of Bayer, BASF and Hoechst. DyStar has developed deep-shade dyes for polyesters. New chemistries are emerging for controlling staining from azo and anthraquinone dyes, including thiophene-based azo dyes. DyStar has also developed benzodifuranone dyes for heavy red shades. It modified azo dyes to keep up their performance when applied with the new detergents. The company also set up secrecy agreements with the leading detergent producers to test new detergent chemistry and do the required dye reformulation proactively. It has added the number of reactive groups in its fluoroaromatic Levafix CA reactive dyes. The company has also been functioning on strengthening the chromophore or color component of the dye for improved lightfastness.

Recently, DyStar has made new red dye for cellulosic fibers, Indanthren Deep Red C-FR Plus, is a new speciality dye for medium to heavy shades of red and Bordeaux, suitable for the coloration of cellulosics on continuous and yarn dyeing units as well as cellulosic/polyamide blends. DyStar Textilfarben GmbH has also introduced the classic cold pad batch dyeing process (cpb). Key developments in cold pad batch technology were started in 1957 and are still ongoing:

-Development of dosing pumps (Hoechst)

– Introduction of sodium silicate as a fixing alkali (Hoechst)

– Development of microwave and oven lab fixation method (Hoechst)

– Mathematical determination of pad liquor stability under practical conditions (Hoechst) —
Optidye CR (DyStar)

– Development of silicate free alkali systems (DyStar)

The dyestuffs industry of China

In the first half of 2005, China gained a growth of 4 per cent in dyes and 11 per cent in organic pigment output. A report stated that China’s demand for dyes and pigments is expected to increase at 12 per cent annually by 2008 and output of dyes and pigments will rise by 13 per cent annually by 2008.

According to statistics, in 2004, the production volume of dyeing stuffs and pigments in China reached 598,300 tons and 143,600 tons, an increment of 10.4 per cent and 13.3 per cent over that of the previous year. The total imports and exports of dyeing stuffs and pigments were projected to be 291,200 tons and 138,800 tons; an increase of 10.64 per cent and 16.15 per cent over the same time the previous year. Hence, China has developed to be a large manufacturer, consumer and dealer of dyeing materials, pigments and dyeing auxiliary.

China becomes top importer for Bangladesh

During July-September 2005 Bangladesh imported dyes and chemical (combined) worth 3.73 billion taka ($57.5 million) from China against 2.53 billion taka ($38.9 million) from India.

DyStar expands China facility

Recently DyStar has announced to invest around USD 55 million in a new textile dyes facility at Nanjing to extend its production base in China and step up its focus on this key growth market. Situated about 300 kilometres north-west of Shanghai, Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu Province, a key area for textile production. It will be DyStar’s third production unit in China, alongside Wuxi, where the production capacity was tripled last year, and Qingdao. This new production site will increase their growth in China. At the same time it will strengthen their international competitiveness and boost market leadership. This investment is a clear sign that DyStar is continuing to invest in its core business and will remain a reliable partner for the textile industry in the long term.

At the new production complex in Nanjing, DyStar will produce dyes for cellulosic and synthetic fibres. In-built flexibility will permit the manufacture of other dyes and extension of the infrastructure in line with requirements. That means DyStar will be able to respond quickly to the rising demand in China. The inauguration of the first plant is scheduled in the first half of 2006.

Indian dyestuff industry

In India the dyestuff industry supplies its majority of the production to the textile industry. Huge of amounts exports of dyes and pigments from India are also done to the textile industry in Europe, South East Asia and Taiwan.

Currently, the Indian dyestuff industry is completely self-dependable for producing the products locally. India presently manufactures all kinds of synthetic dyestuffs and intermediates and has its strong holds in the natural dyestuff market. India has come up as a global supplier of dyestuffs and dye intermediates, mainly for reactive, acid, vat and direct dyes. India has a share of approximately 6 per cent of the world production in dyestuff products.

Structure of dyestuff industry in India

The Indian dyestuff industry has been in existence since about 40 years, though a few MNCs established dyestuff units in the pre independence era. Like the other chemical industry, the dyestuff industry is also widely scattered. The industry is functioning by the co-existence of a few manufacturers in the organised sector (around 50 units) and a large number of small producers (around 1,000 units) in the unorganised sector.

The spreading of these units is slanted towards the western region (Maharashtra and Gujarat) accounting to 90 per cent. In fact, about 80 per cent of the total capacity is in the state of Gujarat, where there are about 750 units.

There has been a huge development in the dyestuff industry during the last decade. This has happened due to the Government’s concessions (excise and tax concessions) to small-scale units and export opportunities generated by the closure of several units in countries like the USA and Europe (due to the implementation of strict pollution control norms). The duty concessions provided to small-scale producers had given in the large ones becoming uncompetitive to some extent. Price competition was strong in the lower segments of the market. Liberalisation of the economy and large-scale reduction of duties have given the decrement of margins for smaller producers. Closing of many small-scale units in Gujarat due to environmental reasons has also helped the organised sector players to grow further.

Over six hundred varieties of dyes and organic pigments are now being produced in India (both by the organised and the unorganised sector). But the per-capita consumption of dyestuffs is less than the world average. Dyes are soluble and basically applied textile products. Pigments, on the other hand, are insoluble and are main sources of products such as paints.

During the past few years, the dyestuff industry was overwhelmed by a series of fast changing upshots in the international platform. The largest market for dyestuffs has been the textile industry. The hold of polyester and cotton in the global markets has positively created the demand for some kinds of dyestuffs. Furthermore, the demand for polyamides, acrylics, cellulose and wool has been close to stagnant. Discrepancy in the regional growth rates of textile products too influences demand. The Asian region has seen the highest development in textile production, followed by North America, Latin America and Western Europe. This shows the change in the global textile industry towards Asia. Subsequently, Asia offers dyestuff production both in terms of volumes and value, with about a 42 per cent share of the global production; the US is next with 24 per cent and Europe has around 22 per cent. Due to a wide use of polyester and cotton-based fabrics, there has been a change towards reactive dyes, applied in cotton-based fabrics, and disperses dyes used in polyester. These two dyes have been leading in all the three regional global market, particularly Asia. Moreover, the change in textile application pattern and regional developments is the amount of over capacity in the global dyestuff industry.

Within India, the leading producers in the pigments industry are Colour Chem and Sudarshan Chemicals while in the dyestuff industry the major players in terms of market share are Atul, Clariant India, Dystar, Ciba Specialities and IDI. The Indian companies together account for nearly 6 per cent of the world production.

Almost 80 per cent of the dyestuffs are commodities. Since not much technology is used, copying of products is also easy as compared to specialties. Though in the recent past, there have been efforts by global producers, with some achievement, to shift to the specialty end of the product profile. Vat dyes have always performed as specialty products, with technology working as a vital function. Now companies are focusing on the higher end of the reactive dyes segment. The inclination is now changing from supplying mere products to colour package solutions. More importance is given to innovation, production range, quality and environmental friendly products. Manufacturers are collaborating with equipment producers to offer integrated solutions rather than products.

Fiscal policies and modification in the application pattern of the global dyestuff industry have revolutionized the market shares of Indian companies. Excise concessions for the small-scale sector in the mid and the late 1980s generated many units in Maharashtra and Gujarat. At one point of time, there were in the unorganised sector nearly 1,000 units, with most of them situated in Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Though, since the early 1990s, there has been seen an ongoing decrement in the excise duty rates applicable to the organised sector. From 25 per cent in 1993-94, the excise duty rates were decreased to 20 per cent in 1994-95, and 18 per cent in 1997-98 and further decreased these rates to 16 per cent.

This continuing decrement in the duty rates smoothened the competitive edge of the unorganised sector. The organised sector, with high product range, technology and marketing reach was capable to raise its market share. But more noteworthy changes have gained through the German ban on many dyestuffs, enforced to the local pollution control laws. While the organised sector has been capable to regulating the manufacturing of dyes based on the 20 banned amines by the German legislation, many in the unorganised sector were moved out. This was amalgam by the local pollution laws, which need to establish the effluent treatment plants, and drive out companies in the unorganised sector.

The capacity and production of dyes and dye stuff was 54,000 MT and 26,000 MT respectively in the year 2003-04. The capacity and production of dyes and dye stuff was 54,000 MT and 26,000 MT correspondingly in the year 2003-04. The small scale units offer major share in dyestuff production while large units focus producing dyestuff intermediates.

Disperse and Reactive dyes represent the greatest product segments in the country covering about 45 per cent of dyestuff consumption. In the coming time, both these segments will lead the dyestuff market with disperse dyes possibly to have the greatest contribution followed by reactive dyes. These two segments will hold a greatest share in order to lead textile and synthetic fibers in dyestuff consumption. Vat segment is also projected to prove healthy growth in future.

Exports and Import of Dyestuffs

In the year 2004-2005 the exports of dyestuff industry has touched 1109 million US dollar. Exports of dyestuffs in the year 2000-01 reached to about Rs. 2365 crores and accounted to about 5 per cent of the total world trade of dyestuffs. The main markets for Indian dyestuffs are the European Union, U.S.A., Indonesia, Hong Kong, South Korea and Egypt. The following table provides data export and import of dyestuff during last few years.

Technology

The technology for dyestuff production changes largely from relatively simple (direct azo) to sophisticated (disperse and vat) dyes. Despite the fact that technology is locally available, most of it is out dated. The setback is further compounded by the fact that the nature of the process differs from batch to batch and, hence, managing the process parameters becomes complex.

The dyestuff industry is one of the largely polluting industries and this has lead to them closing down internationally or changing the units to the emerging economies. Majority of the international producers have shifted the technology to developing nations like China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. This shift of manufacturing capacities is because the industry is supposed to work as a high-cost and low return one. The batch processing also formulates it to a labour- intensive industry. Hence, the competitiveness of developing economies gets a boosts.

Though, in the past decade the Indian industry has made considerable development in terms of technology and production.

Restructuring

Restructuring of the Indian dyestuff industry which started a couple of years ago is still in progress. The movement was initiated by the market leader Colour-Chem Ltd. It has also come into a toll manufacturing agreement with Dystar India Ltd. There have been other arrangements, which would give improving capacity utilisation at manufacturing facilities and also to have better exposure of export markets.

Ciba India and IDI have signed a deal to market polyester and cellulose dyes. IDI has also started work with Ciba for the production and marketing of dyes and pigments. Atul products has received the acquisition of Zeneca’s 50 per cent stake in Atic Industries Ltd and started work with BAS, Germany to market 50 per cent of its manufacturing of vat dyes.

The Basics of Industrial Supply

The core of industrial supply consists of a wide selection of manufactures, wholesalers, and distributors all doing work in combination to put the proper products within reach of a massive association of builders, maintenance crews, utility suppliers, and countless other companies who work attentively to keep our country running.

Industrial suppliers certainly are a specific breed of companies often doing business inside of the B2B space and supplying a wide range of industrial products. Just a couple of these product categories might include:

Abrasives
Adhesives
Electrical Supplies
Hand Tools
Hardware
Heavy Machinery
HVAC Products
Janitorial Supplies
Plumbing Equipment
Power Tools
Safety Supplies and Equipment
Welding Materials
And much more.

The entire process of industrial supply starts off with manufacturers who turn raw materials directly into items the products’ industrial end-users need to do everything from manufacture their own unique finished goods, to create things like utilities, consumer services, and many of other goods and services that customers demand.

Manufactures then ship these products to their industrial distributors who serve the important roll of merging thousands of various kinds of items and disbursing them to end-users all over the world. This allows manufactures to target their attention primarily on manufacturing, leaving the majority of the logistical procedures in the attentive hands of industrial distributors who are known for making these processes as efficient and cost-effective as possible.

Once these manufactured products leave the industrial supplier’s hands it is up to the end-users to use these materials in order to operate their own unique businesses, producing and circulating lots of the goods and services most of us use regularly.

The importance of the roll that the industrial distributor plays in this supply chain can’t be understated. Without the employment of industrial distributors the efficiency of the supply chain is going to be severed as industrial end-users would need to develop thousands of individual associations with manufacturers of each and every product variety, thus establishing a purchasing and logistical nightmare. If this were the scenario, manufacturers would also have to allocate a significant percentage of their resources to things such as complex logistics, collections, and marketing systems.

Industrial distributors increase the value of this supply chain by offering one single point of contact for end-users that happen to be procuring many different industrial products. They also help to significantly reduce the marketing, logistical, and payment complications faced by manufacturers who are required to have their products at the disposal of end-users.

So what does this all mean for you and me? The most essential takeaway would be the fact that industrial suppliers tend to be the key to bringing efficiency to the operation of industrial supply. Without industrial distributors the actual costs of the products consumers use on a regular basis would escalate dramatically as both manufacturers and industrial end-users (producers) alike would see increased costs of accomplishing business and would therefore have to increase the costs for the goods and services they provide.

So that’s the basic summary of how the supply of industrial offerings works from start to finish. With luck, this document has answered any of your questions regarding industrial supply and in doing so will help lead you to finding an industrial distributor that can help your business grow and succeed.