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Hyundai Reveals a New Take on Trucks

January 13, 2015 2:33 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

One of the more shocking and unexpected concept car revealed at the Detroit Auto Show is undoubtedly the Hyundai Santa Cruz.                                    

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5 Essential ERP Needs Custom ETO Manufacturers Should Consider

January 13, 2015 1:51 pm | by Jean Magny | Articles | Comments

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can ensure consistency and accuracy in manufacturing, plus give you a dashboard snapshot of any given step in the project manufacturing lifecycle. So, when evaluating an ERP solution for your custom ETO manufacturing environment there are a few key things you should look for. 

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Volvo Plans to Export Chinese-Made Cars to the U.S.

January 13, 2015 1:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

With all of this great news for the auto industry in the U.S. market, it’s no wonder why car companies are expanding production in North America. But at least one company plans to do business a little differently.           

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Energy Hub Seeks to Improve Production of Composites

January 13, 2015 12:28 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The latest in a series of national innovation hubs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy will focus on reducing the cost and energy needed to build advanced composites.                      

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3 Questions for New U.S. Auto Safety Chief

January 13, 2015 12:21 pm | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mark Rosekind, the U.S. government's new auto safety chief, knew all along that the agency he was taking over lacked resources and staff to do its job properly. Here are his answers to three questions on how he plans to handle his new position. 

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DuPont Workers May Have Been Exposed to Toxic Gas for Years

January 13, 2015 12:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State records indicate that employees at a Houston-area pesticide plant where a poisonous gas leak killed four workers in November may have been periodically exposed to the dangerous fumes for years.               

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Labor Unions Intensify Opposition to Emerging Free-Trade Pact

January 13, 2015 12:09 pm | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Just over two decades after lobbying unsuccessfully against the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. labor unions are again voicing strong reservations to a proposed major trade-liberalization deal.             

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Tips for Lift Truck Maintenance: Maximizing Uptime and Minimizing Costs

January 13, 2015 10:32 am | by Anthony Fedele, Chief Operating Officer, Abel Womack, Inc | Articles | Comments

Planning and implementing a proper lift truck fleet service program is critical to optimizing the fleet’s uptime and productivity.                                   

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Local Motors Brings a 3D Printed Car to Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 3-D printed car could be in your driveway sooner than you think. Phoenix-based Local Motors plans to sell a 3-D printed car called the Strati later this year.                         

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What Do Obama and Auto Executives Think About Low Gas Prices?

January 13, 2015 10:19 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | News | Comments

See what the nation's chief executive President Obama, and some major auto executives have to say about lower gas prices and how they will effect the consumer and the auto industry as a whole.

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EPA Proposes Limits on Chemical Used in Consumer Products

January 13, 2015 9:55 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The EPA's move would require manufacturers and importers to notify the agency at least 90 days prior to starting or resuming use of TDI at levels above 0.1 percent by weight. The EPA would then evaluate the use of the chemicals and potentially limit or prohibit the proposed activity.

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A Glimpse of the 5 Biggest Chinese Automakers

January 13, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Another Chinese automaker is showing vehicles this year at the auto show in Detroit, raising the perennial question about when these companies might sell in the United States. Most experts say that day is still years away.        

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Airbus, Boeing Rivalry Remains Close

January 13, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. topped Airbus in deliveries to customers for the third straight year in 2014 — but Airbus edged ahead with more future orders in the rival companies' annual sales battle.                   

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Fiat Chrysler CEO: No Decision on Jeep Wrangler Factory Yet

January 13, 2015 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A decision has not been made on whether the Wrangler assembly line will be moved, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.                    

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Who is Mary Barra in 83 Seconds?

January 12, 2015 3:03 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Watch CNN explain Mary Barra and her journey to become the CEO of GM in just 83 seconds.                                               

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The Next Housing Solution Could Be 3D Printing

January 12, 2015 2:42 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

What Wikipedia did for information, Alastair Parvin and his colleagues hope the WikiHouse Foundation will do for house building by opening up architectural design plans to everyone and allowing people to 3D print materials to build a house.   

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Navy Turns to Private Contractors for Submarine Maintenance

January 12, 2015 2:25 pm | by Michael Melia, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With U.S. attack submarines sidelined by extended delays at government shipyards, the Navy is turning to private companies to perform more of the maintenance work on the nuclear-powered vessels.                

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Fiat Chrysler Looks to Add 1,500 Jobs in Italian Factory

January 12, 2015 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says "extremely positive" results for sales of the new Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X will allow the automaker to add 1,500 new jobs in Italy.                         

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Q&A: Communications on the Factory Floor

January 12, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about mobile communications in manufacturing settings.           

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Should the Texan Earthquakes Speed Up Fracking Regulations Talk?

January 12, 2015 1:58 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, research published online by the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America linked March 2014 earthquakes in Poland Township, Ohio to hydraulic fracking. The next day, as if the earth beneath the U.S. wanted to say, “Told you so,” the ground began to rattle Texans in their boots.

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