Submitted by robyns on Tue, 09/18/2018 - 15:51
INDUSTRY NEWS UPDATE SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association is dedicated to keeping our members informed on the latest news in the cabinet industry. Check out what's been happening lately:

Coalition for Accurate Product Labels

Last month KCMA officially joined the Coalition for Accurate Product Labels (CAPL), which is seeking federal legislation to address industry concerns with state and locally mandated warning labels and disclosure requirements, such as California's Prop 65. The Coalition is co-charied by the American Chemistry Council, the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the National Council for Farmer Cooperatives. They current have 73 members, roughly 1/3 of which are food and agriculture associations, 1/3 are general business associations and 1/3 are consumer specialty product associations such as KCMA.

In relation to this effort, in June Senator Moran (R-KS) and Representatives Kinzinger (R-IL) and Schrader (D-OR) introduced the Accurate Labels Act, legislation that would require state labeling mandates to meet a federal science and risk-based standard.

Coalition for Accurate Product Labels

The Real State of American Manufacturing

We are nine years into the recovery from the Great Recession, a year and a half into a new business-minded presidency, and currently in the wild midst of a digital transformations rocking the entire manufacturing sector. In many way, this is probably one of the most exciting, turbulent and opportunity-rich times manufacturing has seen since the end of World War II.

Check out this profile from Industry Week on the 2018 IW US 500 - an annual report on the top 500 manufacturing companies in the industry - for a real look into the state of manufacturing.

Does Climate Change Make Trees Grow Faster?

Trees are growing more rapidly due to climate change - this seems like it would be a good thing for the environment. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) analyzed wood samples from the oldest existing experimental forest areas spanning a period of 150 years to find out if this was true. 

From these samples, the team was able to demonstrate that the annually growing wood has gradually become lighter since observations began - by up to eight to twelve percent since 1900. So while the volume of wood being produced today has increased - it actually contains less material.

Click here to read the full article and learn more about this study.

trees climate change
Photo by Technical University of Munich

MFG Day 2018

Did you know 35 percent of students engaged in career and technical education (CTE) have no contact with potential future employers, according to a recent report by the Manufacturing Institute? Manufacturing Day is an event meant to inspire and recruit the next generation of manufacturers and it's the perfect time to make that connection happen as students near graduation and contemplate their first forays into the  professional job market.

Manufacturing Day is coming up on October 5, 2018. Click here to host an event. If your company is hosting an event on October 5th, please let us know. We'd love to promote it.

Manufacturing Day

Colors of the Year

Two companies well-known for cabinet color just announced their 2019 colors of the year:

  • AzkoNobel - Spiced Honey, a versatile and contemporary choice that complements a wide variety of lifestyle and interior design preferences. The company conducts annual trend research information to offer on-trend color selections for product developers and designers in major markets, such as furniture, cabinetry, flooring and building products. Spiced Honey is a reflection of the optimism gathered from the annual global trend research.
akzonobel color of the year
Photo by AzkoNobel
  • Sherwin Williams - Cavern Clay, a warm terracotta color with ancient, elemental roots. The color embodies renewal, simplicity and free-spirited, bohemian flair. The color would do well in kitchens when paired with bright tiles, warm stone and sculptural greenery. 
sherwin williams color of the year
Photo by Sherwin Williams

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