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On the road again // Industry waits on Congress to pass infrastructure spending bill

Rise of the machines // Despite political turmoil, orders and backlogs reflect improving global end-user demand

Holding pattern // Supply chain anticipates extraction activities will rise

Readiness // Rebuilding efforts indicate a bumper crop of contracts for military needs

Rising costs // Spending on U.S. nonresidential building is expected to slow somewhat through 2018

Global connecting // Digital access for factories, large-scale users spur demand for high-tech solutions

What’s trending // Autonomous vehicles, greater connectivity, alternative fuels and safety research occupy engineers and designers

The bigger picture // A host of characters dominate the aerospace market’s trajectory

// Partial revival of the energy patch, huge tech investments, lightweighting, defense splurge and global travel patterns bode well for metals consumption

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