IndustryWeek’s Weekly Reads: Stop Blaming Your People, CHIPS Advances, VW Gets Electric in Tennessee

July concludes with three automakers making news, while Samsung’s potential big plans for Texas continue to capture the attention of the IndustryWeek manufacturing community. Also, columnist John Dyer reminds readers that it’s frequently the process, not the people, behind problems on the factory floor.

These are just a few of the 10 most-read articles on in the past seven days. Take a moment to review what you may have missed and, time permitting, explore the library of other great content on We also conclude this Top 10 list with an Editor’s Choice selection, which was chosen simply as a lighthearted addition.

And now, what you’ve been waiting for:

Samsung May Build 10 Semiconductor Plants in Texas: Applications for school district tax abatements show billions of dollars in new investments on top of the $17 billion plant announced last year.

Want to Achieve Real Improvement? Stop Blaming the People! Fixing broken processes is the better choice for increased productivity and a more engaged workforce.

Inflation: Is the Worst Over? Structural changes in the world economy could make it a recurring problem.

The Cost of Ignoring Third-Party Cybersecurity: How companies fail to protect against cyberthreats from vendors and partners.

VW Starts Tennessee Production of ID.4 Electric SUVs: Most components for the new vehicle will be sourced from North America, the company said.

As the Planet Heats Up, It’s Now or Never for Manufacturers to Act: PPG’s Sustainability Leader: ‘It’s a pivotal moment’

Congress Passes CHIPS Act: The current iteration of the semiconductor subsidy bill authorizes $52 billion in support funds and a 25% tax credit for US chip manufacturing.

GM’s Battery Strategy: Finishing Plants, Firming up Suppliers and Keeping Those Engineers Busy: Leadership shared the details of three new raw materials partnerships; emphasize the need to lower battery production costs; and updated progress on four US battery-cell plants.

Ford Firms Up Key Suppliers to Produce 2 Million EVs by 2026: Tesla’s former supply chain leader now leads Ford’s effort to lock down raw materials, globally diversify battery technology and increase production capacity.

Why Gen Z Workers Choose Your Company: A recent Deloitte survey found, not surprisingly, that a good work/life balance was the top reason this generation chose their current employers.

Editor’s Choice:

Crazy Cars: A Brief History of Automobile Innovation: An oldie but goodie, and a lighthearted romp for the end of the week.

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