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China Lifting Ban On Sales Of Video Game Consoles

July 27, 2015 10:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China is lifting its ban on sales of video game consoles to promote the industry and a new manufacturing zone in Shanghai.

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Daimler Reports Record Sales, Revenue In Second Quarter

July 27, 2015 10:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

German automotive group Daimler announced that vehicle sales, revenue and earnings set records for both the second quarter and the first six months of 2015.

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Coke Partners With Startup To Develop Bioplastic Material

July 27, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A newly announced partnership between Coca-Cola and a New Jersey startup aims to develop soda bottles partly from carbon dioxide.

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EU Clears Nokia Purchase Of Alcatel-Lucent

July 27, 2015 10:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

European regulators on Friday cleared Nokia's proposed $17 billion acquisition of embattled French telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent.

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Industrial Engineer Dies After Fall In Laboratory Freezer

July 27, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An employee of a Salt Lake City medical laboratory has died after falling about 15 feet inside a two-story freezer, officials said Friday.

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Circular Saw Blade For Tougher Alloys And Tool Steels

July 27, 2015 10:20 am | by LENOX | Product Releases | Comments

LENOX announces the expansion of the CircTech Precision platform with the new CircTech Precision CM200.

Levi's Jeans: Yoga Pants Are Killing Their Business

July 24, 2015 1:37 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Tim Higgins reports on Levi's attempt to adapt to the yoga pants era.

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China Manufacturing Slumps To 15-Month Low

July 24, 2015 1:36 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing slumped to a 15-month low in July in a fresh sign of deterioration in the world's second biggest economy, a survey showed Friday.

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Trade Deals Wipes Out Tariffs On More Than 200 Tech Products

July 24, 2015 1:34 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Reporter | News | Comments

Dozens of countries have agreed to abolish duties on more than 200 technology products — from advanced computer chips to GPS devices, printer cartridges and video-game consoles.

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Manufacturer's View: Winning Big Means Keeping Distributors In The Loop

July 24, 2015 1:32 pm | by Mark Klein | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers need to start considering their distribution team as part of their sales team. The closer the distributor is to the sales team, the easier it is for everyone to win.

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Mitsubishi Won't Confirm Reports Of Illinois Plant Sale

July 24, 2015 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials with Mitsubishi Motors aren't confirming Japanese media reports saying the automaker will stop making vehicles at its central Illinois factory and try to sell the plant.

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Union Expects Recall Of Laid Off Minntac Workers

July 24, 2015 1:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Steelworkers union says it expects all laid off employees at U.S. Steel's Minntac mine to be recalled in the next two weeks.

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United Technologies: U.S. Probes Sikorsky On Navy Contract

July 24, 2015 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Technologies Corp. says the Justice Department has launched a criminal probe into allegations that subsidiary helicopter maker Sikorsky and two subsidiaries overbilled the Navy on a contract.

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The Plant Of The Future: Seven Key Elements

July 24, 2015 10:44 am | by Todd Edmunds, Bob Voss & Cliff Whitehead | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are converging their OT and IT systems into a unified network architecture, giving them nearly unlimited access to valuable production data that can help them make improvements and more swiftly react to market changes.

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Report: Packaged Food Market To Exceed $3 Trillion By 2020

July 24, 2015 10:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Growing demand from emerging economies is expected to increase the global market for packaged foods to $3.03 trillion by 2020.

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Feds Probe GM-Certified Used Cars That May Have Open Recalls

July 24, 2015 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating General Motors because of dealers who advertised certified used cars for sale even though they still needed repairs under existing recalls.

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Iran Hopes To Develop Nearly 50 Energy Projects Following Lifted Sanctions

July 24, 2015 10:38 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Iranian officials reportedly hope to develop $185 billion in oil and gas projects within five years in the wake of a historic nuclear agreement.

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MakerBot Debuts New 3D Printer Factory

July 24, 2015 10:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Officials from small-scale 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot this week unveiled a new plant that they say doubles its production capacity.

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Life Sentence Urged In Peanut Salmonella Case

July 24, 2015 10:34 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal court officers have recommended a sentence of life in prison for a peanut company executive convicted of selling salmonella-tainted food, a move that attorneys on both sides called "unprecedented" for a food-poisoning case.

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Online Tool Sizes VFD Cables

July 24, 2015 10:31 am | by Lapp Group | Product Releases | Comments

The Lapp Group has released a new online engineering calculator that helps users select variable frequency drive (VFD) cables that meet their application requirements. 

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