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Tech Disruption Hangs Over Automakers At Frankfurt Show

September 16, 2015 11:26 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The potential impact of automated driving and of extensively connected cars has pushed aside electric and low-emission vehicles as the major theme in just the two years since the show was last held.


Fiat Chrysler, UAW Reach Tentative Contract Deal

September 16, 2015 11:22 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The UAW and began bargaining in July with Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler. Contracts with all three companies — which cover around 140,000 U.S. hourly workers — expired Monday night but were extended while talks continued.


International Supply Chain Standards Approved

September 16, 2015 11:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The joint panel's approval officially establishes the GS1 measures as ISO and IEC standards, which will help government and industry regulators, as well as software providers, incorporate them across global trade networks.


BP Cuts Jobs At Texas Chemical Plant

September 16, 2015 11:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

BP attributed the decision to market factors and the need to improve use of company resources. 


Reports: AB InBev Floats Takeover Of SABMiller

September 16, 2015 11:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A combined Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller would have a market value of about $275 billion and would make about one-third of the world's beer supply.


Manufacturing Minute: Etsy Courts Manufacturers

September 16, 2015 10:50 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, why Etsy's new manufacturing program might benefit small manufacturers. 


Digital Variable Reluctance Smart Motor

September 16, 2015 9:36 am | by DVR Technology Developments, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The DVR Smart Motor has an internal micro-processor with sensors that constantly monitor the motor and environmental conditions to adjust speed and power, and tell the operator when it needs attention or maintenance. 

MillerCoors To Close Brewery, Add To Craft Beer Holdings

September 15, 2015 3:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The moves reflect the tough decisions facing the country's beer giants as consumer tastes continue to trend toward craft brews.


Machinists Union Holds Court At Airbus Dedication Event

September 15, 2015 3:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Alabama plant is Airbus' first in the U.S. and should employ as many as 1,000 people when production begins later this year.


GE: 500 Jobs Could Move Overseas Amid Export-Import Bank Impasse

September 15, 2015 2:56 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Without export financing available from the federal government, GE officials said the company was forced to pursue options from agencies abroad.


BMW CEO Collapses During Presentation At Auto Show

September 15, 2015 2:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

His condition was not serious, the company said later.


Workers Who Weren't Hurt In Power Plant Blast Seek Lost Pay

September 15, 2015 2:44 pm | by Dave Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

The case before the state Supreme Court involves 45 employees who had expected to work at the plant for six more months or so and earn hundreds of thousands of dollars during the remaining time, said Joseph Barnes, the workers' attorney. 


What’s So Great About Manufacturing? I’ll Tell You What!

September 15, 2015 2:13 pm | by Lou Washington | Blogs | Comments

So many of the perceptions that people have of manufacturing and the career opportunities available within the manufacturing sector are based on outdated notions and inaccurate ideas. 


Manufacturing Minute: High-End Competition For Tesla

September 15, 2015 1:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Videos | Comments

Tesla is getting some high-end competition in the electric car market. This week Volkswagen-owned Audi and Porsche each unveiled battery-powered cars of their own at the Frankfurt auto show.


FCA Recalling 27,520 Dodge Darts For Safety Issue

September 15, 2015 11:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The recall affects Dodge Darts from the 2013-2015 model years with dual dry-clutch transmissions.


U.S. Virgin Islands Sues Oil Company Over Shuttered Refinery

September 15, 2015 11:10 am | by Jeff Horwitz, Michael Biesecker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The small territory's government will not pay to challenge Hess, a $15 billion company. Instead, the Washington law firm it hired, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, will fund the lawsuit — and collect between 20 and 28 percent of any proceeds.


Sharp Drop In Auto Output Lowers U.S. Factory Production

September 15, 2015 11:07 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing production dropped 0.5 percent, the biggest decline since January 2014, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday. The drop in auto output accounted for most of the decline. Production of computers, airplanes and furniture also fell.


Fiat Chrysler, UAW Extend Contract, Continue Negotiating

September 15, 2015 11:02 am | by Tom Krisher, Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The union's contract with the Italian-American automaker officially expired at 11:59 p.m. EDT Monday, but both sides agreed to extend it on an hour-by-hour basis while talks continued toward a new four-year agreement.


Boeing Rolls Out First Star Wars-Themed 787

September 15, 2015 10:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The design, first announced in April, is one of three ANA planes that will feature Star Wars characters under a five-year promotional agreement with Disney.


PepsiCo, SodaStream Expand Partnership

September 15, 2015 10:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The expanded partnership comes as both companies attempt to improve their recent financial results.



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