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I was discussing some current industry challenges with a longtime reader of MoldMaking Technology (MMT) recently while attending an industry event and learned something I was not expecting.

As we were dissecting the changing landscape of moldmaking, the conversation turned toward the changing landscape of trade publishing, and I realized this avid reader had no idea about the extent of content we develop and publish beyond print.

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Traditional manufacturing focuses on the act of converting raw materials into finished products by using manual or mechanized transformational techniques, whereas advanced manufacturing focuses on the use of technology to improve products and processes. In the mid-1960s, American manufacturing was still separated into these two categories: hard product industries vs. manufacturing process technologies. Detroit was traditional manufacturing; Silicon Valley was advanced manufacturing.

Now, to the extent possible, all manufacturing is moving away from a traditional orientation to an advanced one. U.S. manufacturing today is characterized increasingly by automation, interconnectivity, sensors and RFID chips, artificial intelligence, cyber-physical production systems and the Internet of Things, and discussions around smart manufacturing, or industry 4.0 and smart factories. We are in the fourth industrial revolution.

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Shawn McCausland of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., an international trade, customs and export law firm, reports the following:

Numerous Chinese-origin products important to moldmakers and molders, classified in HTSUS headings 8477 to 8480 and elsewhere, are currently subject to an additional 25 percent tariffs imposed at various times throughout 2019. Importers must pay these tariffs on top of the normal tariffs that apply to these goods.

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