Rolling Meadows, Ill., July 31, 2017—The keys to growth for the industrial metals supply chain are trade and technology, according to Michael Gregory, deputy chief economist and head of U.S. Economics for BMO Capital Markets. Gregory is one of the experts speaking at the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) Economic Summit Sept. 18 – 19, 2017, at the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.
“There is talk among some economists that we have already seen all the great innovations we are going to see,” he says. “But I am a big believer that there are massive technology developments and trade opportunities ahead that will drive a reinvigorated North American economy.” Gregory says that the industrial metals supply chain, along with North America’s three economies, are on the edge of a resurgence.
He’s also hopeful that the administration will come to understand the importance of the North American and global supply chain. “China is the bad guy, not Mexico or Canada,” he adds. “Sure, NAFTA needs to be tweaked. It’s old and predates the Internet. But I am hoping that the administration is coming to understand how important trade is for manufacturing.” For more on Gregory’s pre-conference interview, visit www.MSCI.org/Edge.
The Economic Summit program also includes a panel of influential and experienced metal executives, a keynote exploring artificial intelligence and manufacturing, and data and insight into 16 end-use markets including the new areas of Infrastructure, Agricultural Equipment, and Foodservice, Food Processing, & Medical Equipment.