WASHINGTON (AP) — Economists say the U.S. economy is gaining strength despite political unrest in North Africa and the Middle East and last month's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. A survey from the National Association for Business Economics finds that economists are hopeful that the broader economy is substantially improving, with rising employment reported for the fifth quarter in a row.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers starting production of a cheaper, larger Passat at Volkswagen Group of America's new plant in Chattanooga have a message for car shoppers: It's a winner. But there are questions. The name is familiar but this Passat is different. Why risk buying an unproven car? Why trust workers who have no track record? VW's Chattanooga Operations said in a statement Friday that the first 2012 Passats destined for the marketplace will roll off the line next week to be sold in the second half of this year.
SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. said Monday it plans to double the number of cars it sells in China to 5 million by 2015. GM China President Kevin Wale said he's optimistic the company can achieve the "ambitious" target, which is more than twice the 2.35 million vehicles it sold in 2010.
TOKYO (AP) — In this country of break-dancing androids and artificially intelligent pets, nuclear cleanup crews on the tsunami-ravaged northern coast are depending on U.S.-made robots to enter damaged reactor units where it is still too dangerous for humans to tread. Utility workers seeking to regain control of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are deploying robots from Bedford, Mass.
Caterpillar Inc. quadrupled Doug Oberhelman's compensation last year when he was promoted to the top job at the world's largest maker of mining and construction equipment, but his $10.4 million compensation was less than half what the retiring chief executive received, according to an Associated Press review of a regulatory filing Friday.
TURIN, Italy (AP) — A top ThyssenKrupp executive was convicted of murder in Italy on Friday for a 2007 plant blaze that killed seven workers in Italy, news reports said. The court in Turin sentenced ThyssenKrupp's CEO for Italy, Harald Espenhahn, to 16 1/2 years in prison, as had been requested by the prosecutors, ANSA and LaPresse news agencies said.
Let’s not concede anything to China just yet, shall we? After all, it wasn’t that long ago that everyone was all but certain that Japan was going to supplant the U.S. as the world’s manufacturing leader. And we know how that turned out. The following is part one of a two-part list of eight reasons why China’s future as the biggest dog on the manufacturing block is not nearly so clear as many would have you believe, and why China’s manufacturing sector continues to grow increasingly vulnerable, despite its obvious strengths.
This feature originally ran in the April 2011 issue of Food Manufacturing . The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What is the biggest contributor to pest control issues in manufacturing facilities, and what can processors do to avoid such problems? Ron Harrison, Ph.
Spartan Scientific (Boardman, OH) is offering a miniature solenoid operator pilot assembly — Series 38KRE and 38KRI — which are designed to control inert gases and liquids. The 2-way and 3-way solenoids can be easily mounted to a flat manifold surface, and feature fully molded coil assemblies, plus either spaded or flying lead configurations.
A full line of carbide burs in a variety of styles and shapes are available from Rex-Cut Products, Inc. (Fall River, MA). According to the company, the burs are offered in standard-, double-, and non-ferrous cuts in oval ball, ball nosed tree, and tapered shapes — all of which makes them ideal for weld preparation and removal applications.
Hammond Manufacturing Company Inc. (Cheektowaga, NY) is now offering its Eclipse Junior (EJ Series) enclosure in 316 grade stainless steel, which offers increased corrosion resistance, making the units suitable for installation in areas with aggressive chemicals. They are designed for use as instrument enclosures, electrical, hydraulic, or pneumatic control housings, electrical junction boxes, or terminal wiring enclosures.
Omega Engineering, Inc. (Stamford, CT) has released a new wireless process transmitter — the UWPC-2-NEMA — to convert process signal to wireless up to 400 feet. The product accepts 0 to 1V, 0 to 5V, 0 to 10V, and 4-20mA signals. Free software for monitoring, recording, and data logging is included, in addition to a low-power operation/sleep mode for longer battery life.
U.S.-based manufacturers are finding themselves reacting to shifts in the global supply chain that are increasing prices and delivery lead times. Rather than rolling over and crying uncle, vertically integrated companies are playing on their strengths, which include faster times to market for new, updated, or custom-built products.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — An electric bus manufacturer has publicly unveiled its first Greenville-made bus, sending the unit to Pennsylvania for further testing. Proterra LLC on Thursday sent its first bus to the Altoona Bus Research and Testing Center at Penn State University to complete testing required to unlock federal subsidies for bus purchases.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An Illinois man pleaded not guilty Thursday to taking restricted military data from his former job at a New Jersey technology company and presenting it at two conferences in China last fall. Sixing Liu, wearing a green prison jumpsuit, did not speak during the brief hearing before U.
The following recalls have been announced: ___ MONKEEZ & FRIENDS WRIST RATTLES AND BABY BOOTIES DETAILS: The knitted-yarn products were manufactured in China and imported by Midwest-CBK Inc. of Union City, Tenn. WHY: The pom-poms attached to the wrist rattles and booties can detach, posing a choking hazard.
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it will maintain output at half capacity in Japan from May 10 to June 3 amid a supply crunch following the March tsunami disaster. The world's No. 1 automaker said it still remained unclear when the company would return to full production in Japan.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories likely produced more goods in March for the ninth straight month, as businesses and consumers spent more money. Economists expect that the output of the nation's factories, mines and utilities increased 0.6 percent last month. That would be the biggest increase since December, when severe winter weather caused a spike in output by utilities.
DETROIT (AP) — Ford bowed to pressure from regulators on Thursday and widened a recall of America's top-selling vehicle, the F-150 pickup, because its air bags can deploy at the wrong time. The recall now covers nearly 1.2 million F-150s built for the 2004 and 2005 model years and some built for 2006.