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Dan Blacharski

Recent Posts by Dan Blacharski:

The Global Supply Chain in a Public Health Emergency


Originally published in Supply Chain Brain

According to Simon Knowles, chief marketing officer at Maine Pointe, the coronavirus outbreak in China has served as a sobering reminder of the vulnerability of today’s hyper-connected supply chains, and the importance of contingency planning to ensure resilience.

Topics: Supply Chain Optimization Maine Pointe supply chain risk Risk Mitigation supply chain management risk Coronavirus Supply Chain Risk Management

Tony Planos Discusses How China’s Growth and Trade Wars Impact the U.S. Energy Sector

How will new tariffs and the ongoing trade war with China impact the U.S. oil & gas industry? Maine Pointe's Oil & Gas Industry Partner Tony Planos shares his insights on this topic. Tony is quoted throughout the article, predicting 30 years of growth in demand, even with factors that include China's push towards renewables, and steel tariffs impacting drilling and pipeline costs. This article offers insights into China's future goal of reaching GDP per capita parity with the US and OECD by 2050.

Originally Published in International Policy Digest

The North American oil and gas industry, despite numerous challenges, has a bright future for the next 30 years, although several mitigating factors need to be addressed to meet growth targets. While tariffs, trade wars, and China’s energy policy both present major considerations that must be dealt with, other factors include an eroding skill set, a push towards renewables and alternative energy, a need to adapt refineries to meet new decarbonization and desulfurization policies, and increased demand from the developing world.

Topics: Oil & Gas Total Value Optimization Steel & Aluminum Tariffs Tariffs Maine Pointe global trade Tony Planos gas pipelines oil piplines

Smart Operations And Next-Generation Manufacturing

Originally posted in Manufacturing Business Technology

The "fourth industrial revolution" is marked by emerging technologies like robotic automation, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. The greatest result of this revolution is a dramatic improvement in domestic manufacturing productivity over the past three decades.

Topics: Smart Operations