Archive for February 2012

U.S. Manufacturing and the Skills Crisis

February 27, 2012

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Following 12 straight years of declines, U.S. manufacturers added 109,000 workers to their payrolls in 2010 and another 237,000 in 2011. And in January of this year, the number of manufacturing jobs increased by 50,000.

Yet this vibrant sector is being held back—and not by imports. Instead there is a serious labor shortage. In an October 2011 survey of American manufacturers conducted by Deloitte Consulting LLP, respondents reported that 5% of their jobs remained unfilled simply because they could not find workers with the right skills.

That 5% vacancy rate meant that an astounding 600,000 jobs were left unfilled during a period when national unemployment was above 9%.

Read the full opinion here.

Photonics West 2013

February 16, 2012

Photonics West 2012 exceeded 1210 exhibiting companies, and once again drew record attendance.

Every company that we talked to at Photonics West is enjoying a backlog, but after the recent economic sleigh ride, remains cautious.

Registration attendance was 20,324 (up 4.8% over 2011)

  • 5,487 Conference Attendees
  • 8,130 Exhibition-Only Visitors (an increase of 6.3%)
  • 6,707 Exhibitor Representatives
  • 61 Technical Courses and Workshops
  • 4348 Technical Presentations in 74 Conferences

A look ahead to 2013:

  • Early bird contracts were due 9 March 2012. Priority points can be used ONLY if you return the Early Bird contract and deposit by the deadline (you can fill out the contract on-line here)
  • SPIE Photonics West returns to the San Francisco Moscone Center. Conference Dates:  2 – 7 February; Exhibition Dates: 5 – 7 February
  • Space assignments to begin in April with unlimited space growth allowed
  • SPIE BiOS EXPO 2013 will again occur the weekend preceding SPIE Photonics West and continue to occupy South Hall A