The humble zipper has some profound things to tell us about innovation, competitive advantage and international trade.
Nigeria's high unemployment rate has created a bloated and unproductive informal sector.
3-D printing has the potential to disrupt local manufacturing, and re-configure approaches to urban design, planning and production.
Despite reasonable fears, Nigeria – home to Africa’s largest economy – has a lot to gain from signing on the proposed continent-wide free trade agreement.
Many homes, parks and businesses in US cities stand on former manufacturing sites that may have left legacy hazardous wastes behind. A new book calls for more research into our urban industrial past.
The skills shortage in the foundry sector shows there is a continuing demand for "traditional" trades.
Five years on from the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, improvements have been made. But workers compensation is still to happen.
From small towns, through a complex global production network, wool products have become tricky to 'place'.
Canada, the US and Mexico have signed a deal to rip up the 25-year-old NAFTA and replace it with something new. But what's actually changed?
This year's recycling crisis has prompted the federal government to pledge a move towards an economy in which materials are kept in use for as long as possible. But it still has a long way to go.
Trump's plan to slap $200 billion more in tariffs on Chinese goods is premised on yesterday's waste-fueled economy. Tomorrow's economy is 'circular.'
The collapse of the oil price in 2014 highlighted the need for Nigeria to dilute its exposure on the commodity.
Buttons are just one part of a steady hollowing out of the UK’s manufacturing supply chain since the 1970s.
Food is not waste until it's wasted.
Is 3D printing better for the environment than conventional manufacturing? The jury is still out.
President Trump's global trade wars may indeed drive manufacturing back to the U.S. – just not in the way he predicted.
The art and design industry in Australia is demanding 'mass customisation' of works of art. Robots may be the answer – and they're creating jobs already.
Donald Trump's obsession with trade deficits, and his subsequent wielding of the tariff big guns, is the absolute wrong approach for the U.S. economy.
Talk of the post-industrial society is mostly hype without evidence.
High municipal electricity tariffs pose a serious threat to South Africa's machinery and equipment manufacturing industries.