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Ford To Launch 15 New Vehicles By 2015 In China

September 26, 2011 5:23 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Ford's chief executive says the growth of China's auto market is sustainable as the company looks to launch 15 new vehicles by 2015 in the country. Alan Mulally said Monday that China is a sustainable market with the country's leadership focused on keeping inflation in check without derailing economic growth.


UAW, Chrysler Talks Back On

September 26, 2011 5:19 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Contract talks between Chrysler and the United Auto Workers union have restarted after breaking down earlier this week over financial issues, the union and the company said Saturday. UAW President Bob King and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne had "productive discussions" on Friday and talks are continuing, both sides said in a statement.


First Boeing 787 Delivered To ANA

September 26, 2011 5:16 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (Kyodo) — All Nippon Airways Co. received the first of Boeing Co.'s long-delayed 787s at the U.S. manufacturer's plant in Everett in the state of Washington on Sunday to launch the fuel-efficient, wide-body aircraft for passenger service in November. The Dreamliner, which was initially scheduled to be delivered to the Japanese carrier in May 2008 but saw a series of delays over the years, is due to arrive at Tokyo's Haneda airport Wednesday morning local time.


Keeping A Watchful Eye On The Food We Eat

September 23, 2011 9:39 am | by Adam Aronson, Chief Executive Officer, Arrowsight | Articles | Comments

Preventingcross contamination from pathogens such as E. coli and salmonella has been the long-standing top priority for the meat industry. From harvesting through processing, contamination typically occurs due to inconsistent sanitary procedures. Meat producers have continuously improved handling practices, and over the last ten years our meat supply has become safer than ever before.


Q&A: A Total Systems Approach

September 23, 2011 9:34 am | Blogs | Comments

Leading up to PACK EXPO Las Vegas (September 26-28; Las Vegas Convention Center) , this year's largest resource for packaging and processing innovation in North America, we spoke with Jonathan Titterton, Director of Sales & Marketing at Bosch Packaging Technologies (Booth #1423), Brian Barr, packaging sales manager at Heat and Control (Booth #2433) and Maria Ferrante, vice president, Education & Workforce Development at PMMI, to gain insight into the trend towards integration.


Signs Of China Slowdown Add To Dim Global Outlook

September 23, 2011 9:27 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Signs that the powerhouse Chinese economy is slowing have spooked global markets and sharpened fears that the world economy will not escape another recession, so much so that a small, preliminary survey of Chinese manufacturers contributed to a global stock market plunge this week.

Texas Instruments Buys National For $6.5B

September 23, 2011 9:25 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Texas Instruments Inc. said Friday that it completed its $6.5 billion purchase of National Semiconductor Corp. The deal had cleared regulatory reviews earlier this week. Under the terms of the deal, Texas Instruments agreed to pay $25 for each outstanding share of National common stock.

Samsung To Step Up Apple Patent War

September 23, 2011 9:23 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A top Samsung executive says the company will take a bolder stance in its patent battle with smartphone and tablet rival Apple, which Samsung claims has been "free riding" on its patented wireless technologies. "We'll be pursuing our rights for this in a more aggressive way from now on," Lee Younghee, head of global marketing for mobile communications, said Friday in an interview.


UAW Shifts Focus To Ford

September 23, 2011 9:19 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union shifted the focus of its contract talks to Ford Wednesday night after failing to reach a deal with Chrysler. The move could mean trouble in the talks with Chrysler, which was close enough to a deal with the union that CEO Sergio Marchionne flew from Europe to the U.


Ford CEO: Recovery Is Slow But On Right Track

September 23, 2011 9:17 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — At his first press conference as CEO of Ford, Alan Mulally was asked how he could run such a complex company with no experience in the car business. The former Boeing executive responded that cars, which have around 10,000 parts, are indeed very sophisticated. Then he smiled and noted that a jumbo jet has 4 million parts — and it flies.


Union: Documents Show Boeing Aimed To Trump Unions

September 23, 2011 9:14 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The union in a high-profile labor dispute with Boeing Co. says newly released documents show the company opened a new plant in South Carolina to limit the power of employee unions in Washington state. The Machinists union says the documents bolster the government's lawsuit accusing the company of retaliating against unions by opening a second production line for the 787 aircraft in Charleston.


Sebastian Thrun: Google's Driverless Car

September 23, 2011 7:36 am | Videos | Comments

Sebastian Thrun helped build Google's amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents. Jawdropping video shows the DARPA Challenge-winning car motoring through busy city traffic with no one behind the wheel, and dramatic test drive footage from TED2011 demonstrates how fast the thing can really go.


Why Samsung's Tablet Isn't Available Everywhere

September 23, 2011 5:49 am | Videos | Comments

Samsung has had its eye on a share of the tablet market and has pushed its Galaxy device as a suitable rival to Apple's iPad. However, the Galaxy tablet is unavailable in some places due to Samsung's patent battle with Apple. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.


Virco To Offer Buyouts, Early Retirement

September 23, 2011 5:18 am | News | Comments

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Virco Manufacturing Co. in Conway says it plans to offer buyouts and early retirement to total of 115 employees. The company makes furniture for schools and has operated in Conway since 1950. Virco told the Log Cabin Democrat ( on Thursday that the slow economy has slowed the pace of new orders and it has to reduce its workforce.


Hino Resumes Production At WV Plant

September 23, 2011 5:17 am | News | Comments

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Hino Motors Manufacturing USA is preparing to resume full production at its West Virginia plant following a cutback caused by a parts shortage. Sandy Ring with Hino's home office in Michigan says the Williamstown plant has returned to a five-day work week with three days of production.


CAT Recalls 400 Laid Off Workers

September 23, 2011 5:15 am | News | Comments

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. has recalled many of the 400 workers it laid off from a central Indiana engine plant and is starting to hire more people. The Lafayette Redevelopment Commission on Thursday approved a $50,000 grant to Caterpillar for training new workers that the company plans to hire in the next year.


GOP: US Solar Panel Industry Could Fail

September 23, 2011 5:12 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican House chairman blasted the solar industry Thursday, calling loans to solar panel manufacturers, such as ill-fated Solyndra Inc., a poor bet and predicting the solar panel industry itself could collapse in the United States. An industry group immediately disputed the remark by Rep.

Chrysler, UAW Talks Break Down

September 23, 2011 5:04 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Negotiations over a new four-year contract between Chrysler and the United Auto Workers have broken down as both sides refuse to budge on key financial issues, two people briefed on the bargaining said Thursday. The talks ended late Wednesday in a dispute over the number of workers who are paid an entry-level wage, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the negotiations are private.


Midsized Manufacturers Continue Upward Course

September 23, 2011 4:52 am | Articles | Comments

The Prime Advantage Group Outlook survey reveals 87 percent of respondents predict revenues for the second half of year to be same or better than the first half 2011; 79 percent see capital spending to be the same or better than first half of 2011. Prime Advantage announced the results of its eighth Prime Advantage Group Outlook (GO) Survey , revealing the top economic concerns of small and midsized North American manufacturers for the second half of 2011.

What Will Make Gen Y Pursue Manufacturing Again?

September 23, 2011 4:48 am | Articles | Comments

A recent report on the Deloitte Public Viewpoint on Manufacturing found that only 17 percent of surveyed individuals would consider starting a career in manufacturing. As a 23-year-old firmly rooted in Gen Y culture, that statistic didn’t really shock me. I know few people my age that list manufacturing amongst their career dreams.



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