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Shipping Containers No More

March 30, 2010 4:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Provincial Partitions (Mississauga, Ontario) offers the new PROFLEX line of combined office/storage space solutions to take advantage of the surplus of storage containers, which can be used as modular units. The PROFLEX line offers 5 basic configurations, which can be converted into offices, storage buildings, hazardous material storage, and more.

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Survey: More Companies Considering Chinese Relocation

March 30, 2010 4:42 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK — Multinational manufacturers are increasingly focused on accessing the growing China market while the number of companies viewing China purely as an export base continues to decline, according to the third annual China Manufacturing Competitiveness survey, jointly conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AmCham Shanghai) and management consulting firm Booz & Company.

Protect What Protects You

March 30, 2010 4:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Fire Extinguisher Wall Cases from Encon (Houston, TX) provide protection for fire extinguishers from corrosive industrial conditions, in order to keep them in ready condition. The cases are built from chemical-resistant ABS plastic with a thermoformed construction, with additional corrosion-resistant external components.

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Air Filtering Is Not An Option

March 30, 2010 4:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tanis Technologies (Holland, MI) introduces their Module-Air AF-1000 Series Air Filtration products, which provide a variety of “bolt on” intake options. Customers can choose from multi-directional angled intakes, standard straight intakes, hood pans, and curtain enclosures, all of which offer standard two-stage filtration, as well as option spark arrestors and carbon fiber upgrades.

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Geely To Put $900M More Into Volvo

March 30, 2010 4:23 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group expects to spend hundreds of millions of dollars beyond the $1.8 billion purchase price for Volvo Cars to make the Swedish car company profitable, Geely's chairman said Tuesday. Geely is projecting a total tab of $2.7 billion for its takeover of Volvo, with money beyond the purchase price to be spent on expanding production, chairman Li Shufu told reporters.

The Four Components of Global Supply Chain Visibility

March 30, 2010 4:14 am | by Niko Michas, President & CEO, BridgeNet Solutions, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Over the years, it has become the norm for companies to go through third party supply chain solutions providers for the technology and tools that make true visibility possible.  While this is usually the most cost-effective option for shippers with global logistics networks, it is important to remember that any outside visibility solution is only going to be as cost-effective as your third party is capable of making it if you don’t have direct access to their tools and information.

Getting Smart About Dust

March 30, 2010 4:12 am | Articles | Comments

Bell, California — Seeing 250,000 pounds of product go to waste each year can bring a tear to any company’s eye. For powdered food processor Allied Blending & Ingredients, Inc., (Keokuk, IA) there was little comfort in knowing that product shrinkage on this order — one percent — is actually the industry norm when handling 25 million pounds of ingredients each year.

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The Crushing Problem Of Student Debt

March 29, 2010 5:22 am | by Mike Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The American dream has always been about upward mobility and the mantra for the last 50 years has been “Just get a college education.” In the 1950s only 10 percent of workers had bachelor's degrees.

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Edy's Adds Jobs As Consumers Demand "Comfort Food"

March 29, 2010 5:14 am | News | Comments

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Making ice cream is no cake walk. Some time ago, an Edy's Grand Ice Cream job candidate was asked what he thought working at the Fort Wayne plant would be like. The description smacked of Willy Wonka. "He thought there were these huge mixing bowls with guys standing on ladders stirring the ice cream with large wooden spoons," said Gaylord Brooks, a production floor leader and 15-year veteran at the local Edy's plant.

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Toyota Shares Prius Technology With Mazda

March 29, 2010 4:56 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota will provide its key hybrid technology to Mazda under a licensing agreement reached Monday, the two companies said. Toyota Motor Corp., the world's leader in hybrids, will supply Mazda Motor Corp. the key components of its hybrid system used in the top-selling Prius, the two companies said in a joint statement.

Hormel Opens $80M Plant In Iowa

March 29, 2010 4:49 am | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — Hormel Foods Corp. officially opens its new $80 million plant in Dubuque, Iowa Tuesday — the first plant the company has built from the ground up in more than a decade. The plant has been operating for a couple months, but will host a grand opening. It's already producing microwaveable meals.

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Rio Tinto Sentencing "Very Harsh"

March 29, 2010 4:43 am | News | Comments

SHANGHAI, China — A Chinese court slapped four employees of mining giant Rio Tinto with jail terms of seven to 14 years on bribery and commercial secrets charges, unexpectedly harsh sentences that include a decade of imprisonment for Australian Stern Hu. The punishment for Hu was a "very tough sentence," Australia's foreign minister said after the verdict was read out Monday by the lead judge at the Shanghai People's Intermediate Court.

Employee Admits To Tainting Product Over Pay Concerns

March 29, 2010 4:25 am | News | Comments

BEIJING, March 28 (Kyodo) — A suspect caught in the poison dumpling case, which caused anxiety in Japan over the safety of foods imported from China, has admitted during questioning earlier this month that he tainted the food with pesticide, the Ministry of Public Security said Sunday.

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Ford Reaches Agreement To Sell Volvo

March 29, 2010 4:17 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich., March 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell Volvo Car Corporation and related assets to Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Company Limited. The sale is expected to close in the third quarter of 2010, and is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.

The 'Price Is Right' For Economic Recovery

March 26, 2010 10:28 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing.net sat down with Doug Fuehne, VP, Professional Services of PROS Pricing Software Solutions to talk about how manufacturers can improve their pricing strategies and come out ahead as the economy turns around. To get right to it, the five pricing strategies Fuehne suggests will help you come out ahead in the economic recovery: Identify underperformers.

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Filtering Out Filters

March 26, 2010 9:42 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The Green Filter Cleaning Machine (GFCM) from Diversi-Tech (Montreal, Canada) is designed to clean and extend the life of industrial filters, which reduces the cost of filter replacement. In addition, the GFCM helps manufacturers reduce the cost of disposal, and minimize their landfill use.

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Don't Be Dense

March 26, 2010 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Endress+Hauser (Greenwood, IN) now offers the Liquiphant M, a density meter that provides on-line measurements, eliminating the need for extensive and expensive off-line procedures. The Liquiphant M allows control systems to react much faster to changing process conditions.

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Get A Hold Of Your Tools

March 26, 2010 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new SINO-R from SCHUNK (Morrisville, NC) is a maintenance-free toolholder that is especially well-suited for rough milling. The holder is based on an expansion technology system, with a solid body as a pressure medium that quickly clamps the cutting tool by using a simple actuation switch.

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Polish With No Spitting Required

March 26, 2010 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dynabrade, Inc. (Clarence, NY) introduces the new Electric Rotary Polisher, which works on a variety of solid surfaces, including fiberglass, plastic, painted surfaces, composites, and more. The polisher features rotary motion for cutting, polishing, and buffing, along with a 180° rotating trigger handle.

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Geely, Ford Could Finalize Volvo Sale Sunday

March 26, 2010 6:06 am | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A spokesman for Volvo Cars says that China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group could sign a binding deal to buy the Swedish automaker from Ford Motor Co. this weekend. Geely and Ford have earlier said that they expect to pen it by the end of March. Volvo spokesman Per-Ake Froberg said Friday that the deal could be reached on Sunday, "but it's not set in stone yet.

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