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China Blames Leaking, Sparks For Deadly Oil Blast

January 9, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A November pipeline explosion in northern China that killed 62 people was caused by sparks from a jackhammer igniting oil that had leaked into the sewage system, revealing major vulnerabilities in China's aging pipeline network, government safety officials said Thursday.

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Food Companies Cut 6.4 Trillion Calories

January 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The study sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that between 2007 and 2012 the companies reduced their products' calories by the equivalent of around 78 calories per person per day. The total is more than four times the amount those companies had pledged to cut by next year.

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Mazda Starts Production At New Plant In Mexico

January 9, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Mazda Motor Corporation announced that production has begun at its new plant in Mexico. The plant, named Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation* (MMVO), is located in Salamanca, in the state of Guanajuato.               

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Production Heating Up At Electrolux Plant

January 9, 2014 1:26 pm | by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Using assembly lines, lasers and robotic arms, the Memphis facility is making cooking ranges and ovens for sale at major retailers. Heavily backed by politicians and supported by $150 million in incentives provided by taxpayers, the plant carries great expectations as a long-term job producer.

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Samsung, Apple CEOs To Discuss Lawsuit Settlement

January 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A filing with the U.S. District court in San Jose showed Thursday that senior legal executives from Apple and Samsung agreed earlier this week that the CEOs will meet by or before Feb. 19. The agreement was made in response to a court order to submit a proposal for settlement discussions before a new trial begins in March. 

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Boeing Machinists Get $10,000 Bonus

January 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The bonus is part of the contract extension the union approved along with pension concessions in return for the company's promise to build the new 777X in Washington. The union represents about 30,000 workers in the Puget Sound area.     

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A Driverless Audi Hits The Highway

January 9, 2014 12:29 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

CNN's Samuel Burke takes a ride in Audi's self-driving A7 during this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.                                       

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Alcoa Subsidiary Pleads Guilty To Bahrain Bribery

January 9, 2014 12:03 pm | by Joe Mandak, Associated Press | News | Comments

A subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. has pleaded guilty and the company will pay $384 million for paying bribes to the Middle Eastern Kingdom of Bahrain through a London-based middleman. The corporate secretary for Alcoa World Alumina LLC pleaded guilty on behalf of the company on Thursday in federal court in Pittsburgh.

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Ford Fiesta Back In Japan Despite Past Failure

January 9, 2014 11:57 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan Ford President Toshio Morita, unveiling the 2.29 million yen ($22,900) model Thursday, declined comment on trade barrier and currency manipulation allegations being voiced by Ford Motor Co. headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, and other U.S. automakers.

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Okuma America’s 2014 Technology Showcase

January 9, 2014 10:55 am | by Okuma America Corporation | Events

Held annually, Okuma America's Technology Showcase is designed to give attendees the unique opportunity to see and gain hands-on experience with Okuma’s latest technology and discuss their individual needs with a variety of industry experts.

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Okuma America’s 2013 Technology Showcase Is Largest To Date

January 9, 2014 10:48 am | by Okuma America Corporation | News | Comments

Okuma America Corporation’s Technology Showcase event, held December 10-12, 2013 in Charlotte, NC, was the company’s largest to date, both in attendance and the number of CNC machines shown.                  

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Workers Building Samsung Factory Riot In Vietnam

January 9, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorbikes and containers housing security guards were set alight, sending thick smoke over the complex. Footage showed people throwing rocks at police in riot gear who huddled together. Local official Duong Ngoc Long said police restored order after three hours. 

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Blast At Japan Chemical Plant Kills 5, Injures 17

January 9, 2014 9:48 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan on Thursday killed at least five workers and injured 17 others, authorities said. Investigators suspect chemical reaction involving hydrogen caused the blast at metal and chemical company Mitsubishi Materials Corp.'s Yokkaichi plant, about 350 kilometers (220 miles) west of Tokyo.

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Airlines Go On A Record New Jet Shopping Spree

January 9, 2014 9:45 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Airlines are on the largest jet-buying spree in the history of aviation, ordering more than 8,200 new planes with manufacturers Airbus SAS and The Boeing Co. in the past five years. There are now a combined 24 planes rolling off assembly lines each week, up from 11 a decade ago. And that rate is expected to keep climbing.

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Wanxigang Increases Offer For Fisker

January 9, 2014 9:43 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

An attorney for Fisker's official committee of unsecured creditors told a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday that Wanxiang may increase its offer even more if the judge approves a competitive auction for Fisker. "They have told us they have considerable room to go," said William Baldiga, the attorney.

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CES Showcases Smart Car Technology

January 9, 2014 9:26 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas highlights the latest in smart car technology including self-driving, solar powered capabilities. CNET's Sumi Das looks at the future of cars.                   

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Game-changing Joint Ventures In The Manufacturing Sector

January 9, 2014 9:19 am | by KPMG's Global Joint Ventures Practice | Videos | Comments

Steve Burch, of KPMG's Global Joint Ventures Practice, explores some key opportunities and challenges for the Manufacturing sector and how joint ventures and alliances, if well planned and executed, can help deliver growth.       

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A Missing Ingredient In Manufacturing Revival

January 9, 2014 9:05 am | by CA Forward | Videos | Comments

The reports of manufacturing's demise in California are probably exaggerated. In Southern California, the largest manufacturing region in the country, there are still 360,000 workers in the industry. But even successful companies are facing major bumps along the way. 

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Turning Wasted Activity Into Productivity

January 9, 2014 8:19 am | by TedxTalks | Videos | Comments

Bill Peterson, who has more than 30 years of experience in the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses, discusses his theories on turning wasted time into productive time using lean countermeasures.          

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Distribution & Manufacturing Profitability Forum 2014

January 8, 2014 4:54 pm | by IMPO Staff | Events

Mark your calendars for the first ever Distribution & Manufacturing Profitability Forum brought to you by Industrial Distribution and its related publications!

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