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Ford Stops Using Takata Airbag Inflators In Future Vehicles

November 23, 2015 12:37 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford joins Honda, Toyota and Nissan is deciding against putting the inflators in cars, trucks and SUVs now under development.


Pfizer, Allergan $160B Deal Forms World's Largest Drugmaker

November 23, 2015 12:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's also the largest so-called inversion, where an American corporation combines with a company headquartered in a country with a lower corporate tax rate, saving potentially millions each year in U.S. taxes.


Ford Recalls 450K Midsize Cars For Possible Fuel Leak

November 23, 2015 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford says a valve on a gasoline vapor recovery canister can get stuck, causing repeated air pressure changes in the gas tank. That can eventually cause a crack on top of the tank and a possible fuel leak. 


Elon Musk Seeks To Expand Tesla’s Autonomous Driving Program

November 23, 2015 12:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Musk tweeted on Thursday that the company is expanding its Autopilot program staff "to achieve generalized full autonomy."


Chemours To Sell Texas Chemical Plant To Dow

November 23, 2015 11:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Chemours Co. this week announced plans to sell a Houston-area chemical plant to Dow Chemical for some $140 million.


UAW Approves Contract With General Motors

November 23, 2015 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Production workers ratified the agreement earlier this month by a 55.4 percent majority. But skilled trades workers like electricians and pipefitters rejected it, which sent negotiators back to the table.


IT Official Says Cyberattacks On Oil, Gas Operations Increasing

November 23, 2015 10:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Eric Knapp of Honeywell Process Solutions said at an event in Madrid that the company's oil and natural gas clients are experiencing an increase in both the amount of cyber activity and the sophistication of the attacks.


Manufacturing Minute: A New Approach To Airport Security

November 23, 2015 10:27 am | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, an automatic self-service security system to keep the lines moving. 


Recap: IMPO's Top 5 — Speedy Personal Plane, Luxury EV Scooters, Fatal Workplace Accident And More

November 23, 2015 10:15 am | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

IMPO's top five stories last week included a worker fatality in a food service packaging accident, a massive auto recall and union workers preparing to strike after rejecting a contract. 


UAW Unworried About Blowback Over German Union Cooperation

November 20, 2015 2:30 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

The UAW and its German counterpart, IG Metall, formally announced the creation of a joint office to promote labor issues at German automakers and suppliers doing business in the South.


MAPI: Divergence In Manufactures Trade Between U.S. And China Continues

November 20, 2015 2:22 pm | by MAPI | News | Comments

Ernest Preeg, MAPI Foundation senior advisor for international trade and finance, estimates a trade-related job loss of 150,000 American manufacturing jobs in the third quarter, headed toward 600,000 for the year.


Feds Fine Metal Company Nearly $75K For Safety Violations

November 20, 2015 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A powdered metal manufacturer in northwestern Pennsylvania has been fined nearly $75,000 after an employee ended up losing a leg in a compactor accident.


EPA Plans To Classify Hundreds Of Additional Chemicals As Safe

November 20, 2015 2:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The EPA began its Safer Chemical Ingredients List in 2012. Products that include those chemicals can be affixed with the agency's Safer Choice label for environmentally-friendly products.


Highlights From The 2015 LA Auto Show

November 20, 2015 1:18 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Blogs | Comments

The 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public today. Here's a look at some of the key models automakers are debuting at this year's show. 


Tesla Recalls Model S Over Seat Belt Defect

November 20, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Tesla Motors on Friday issued a recall of its vaunted Model S sedan over a possible seat belt defect.


Report: Household Furnishings, Children's Products Top Consumer Product Recalls

November 20, 2015 11:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The latest quarterly Stericycle Recall Index — produced by Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS — attributed 44 percent of recalls issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission between July and September to furnishings, fixtures, appliances and housewares.


Report: Self-Driving Technology Could Double U.S. Traffic

November 20, 2015 10:57 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Self-driving taxis would likely return those otherwise unable to drive — children and the elderly — to the road.


Manufacturing's Winner And Loser: Genetically Modified Salmon; Toyota Transmission Troubles

November 20, 2015 10:55 am | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week's winner received FDA approval for the first genetically modified animal for human consumption; this week's loser from the automotive sector saw a small flaw turn into a big problem. 


Manufacturing Minute: Rebirth Of Supersonic Air Travel

November 20, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Videos | Comments

In this episode, a Nevada company plans to once again offer flights faster than the speed of sound. 


Hyundai Recalls Nearly 305K Cars For Brake Light Problem

November 20, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai is recalling nearly 305,000 Sonata midsize cars because the brake lights can stay on when the driver isn't stopping.



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