SHANGHAI (AP) — General Motors Co. said Monday demand in China is so strong that the company's annual sales may top 2 million vehicles this year — four years ahead of schedule — and could exceed 3 million by 2015. GM is counting on robust growth in China, India and other emerging markets to help offset weakness in its home U.
Under today's conditions of stagnant demand and tight credit, many mid-market manufacturers and distributors face intense competition for dwindling markets and increasing pressure on their bottom line. With recovery still "around the corner" at an uncertain date, how can they continue to survive, let alone thrive? Essentially, the same way they compete in prosperous times — by increasing the efficiency of their planning, administration, production, sales, distribution, service, and other essentials of their particular business.
SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — Employees of Perdue Farms Inc. are accused in a class-action lawsuit of knowingly hiring illegal immigrants. The plaintiffs allege that Perdue has conspired to hire large numbers of illegal immigrants, driving down wages of legal workers below market levels. The complaint was filed in federal court in Alabama.
Tanis Technologies (Holland, MI) offers the Lightning Cool system as a permanent solution to Fadal machining center maintenance issues. Now a factory option for Fadal machines, this system is designed to put an end to replacing spindle drive belts, drawbar components, rubber motor mounts, through spindle coolant seals, and more.
Bossco International (San Diego, CA) announces its newest product, a battery-operated lighted wrench set. According to the company, the new self -supported battery operated wrenches use replaceable CR 2032 lithium batteries, which allow users to take the wrenches with them.
The Bubble Wrap brand from Sealed Air (Saddle Brook, NJ) now offers recycled-grade cushioning with a minimum of 50 percent pre-consumer recycled content, the highest in the market. The material combines the recycled content with Barrier Bubble technology, which helps the cushioning retain air longer and promote reusability, according to Sealed Air.
The Electric Portable Power unit from Schumacher Electric (Mount Prospect, IL) has a 22 amp hour rechargeable lead-acid battery that can provide limited light and power, which allows you to show down your workstation in the case of a power outage. The Portable Power unit can provide light up to 66 hours using the included light, or a 4-watt fluorescent work light can be used for up to 68 hours.
COPENHAGEN (AP) — Scores of Carlsberg workers walked off their jobs in protest Thursday after the Danish brewer tightened laid-back rules on workplace drinking and removed beer coolers from work sites, a company spokesman said. The warehouse and production workers in Denmark are rebelling against the company's new alcohol policy, which allows them to drink beer only during lunch hours in the canteen.
SAN JOSE, California (AP) — It can traverse rough terrain, accelerate quickly and negotiate sharp turns like other high-performance sports cars, but there's one thing that sets this Audi coupe apart: It doesn't need a driver. The car, named Shelley, is the latest creation by Stanford University researchers who are developing technology that could help make driving safer and one day allow ordinary vehicles to drive on their own.
SHANGHAI, China (AP) — For months, economists have expected Beijing to start boosting the value of its currency about now to ease strains in its fast-growing economy. The big question: Would Chinese leaders put off changes to avoid looking weak in the face of mounting U.S. pressure for action? Washington has helped to defuse that conflict with conciliatory gestures including Thursday's impromptu visit to Beijing by U.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal work safety officials want to fine the company that owns a commercial Maine freezer that had an ammonia leak, which may have contaminated millions of pounds of food. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing fines of up to $9,000 for Americold Logistics because of a January leak in Portland caused when a refrigeration unit fell from the ceiling.
BROOKLYN, Ohio (AP) — Hugo Boss and union leaders have met with a federal mediator without reaching an immediate agreement on the planned closure of a men's suit factory near Cleveland, which could cost 375 jobs. The union wants to prevent the scheduled April 27 shutdown of the Brooklyn, Ohio, plant and avoid big pay cuts.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — About two dozen factory workers are accusing more than a dozen design, manufacturing and installation firms of negligence in a deadly explosion that ripped through a Slim Jim production plant in North Carolina last year. Their lawsuit also accuses inspectors for the town of Garner of failing to properly oversee the installation of a commercial water heater.
SHANGHAI (AP) — An Australian former Rio Tinto executive decided voluntarily not to appeal a 10-year prison sentence in a high-profile bribery and commercial spying case and is "peaceful and relaxed," his lawyer said Friday. Stern Hu's decision, announced Thursday, prompted suggestions he was concerned an appeal might lead to an even more severe sentence in a case that rattled foreign businesses in China.
All things come to an end. And so it is with Microsoft Extended Support and Security Updates for Windows 2000, which will cease in July of this year. Any manufacturer with industrial applications based on Windows 2000 may wisely be considering a newer operating system right now, in order to remain in production with the needed security support.
The Edge 5000 Series from Apex Industrial Technology (Loveland, OH) is a rugged and easy-to-use Internet Appliance that tracks, manages, and controls critical tools or supplies. The Edge is designed to deliver in harsh factory environments with a heavy-duty construction, including an option steel front door.
The Bug Blocker security screen door from Rasco Industries, Inc. (Loretto, MN) keeps out birds, pests, and rodents while providing accessibility to your employees. The aluminum extrusion frame is strong, corrosion-resistant, and the screen material is a tough stainless steel wire mesh.
FastPic Systems (Westbrook, ME) has developed the FastPic inventory management software, which allows manufacturers to manage and control inventory while processing transactions in real-time. When additional parts are needed, an operator can select the order to process in the FastPic software, and seamless integration of Shuttle VLMs allows the units to begin retrieving the required parts immediately.
Demag Cranes & Components (Cleveland, OH) offers pre-engineered single girder crane kits in either top running or under running configurations that allow installers to do their own on-site assembly. The kits are shipped with all necessary components except the steel beams.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Boeing Co. says the stress tests for its new 787 jetliner's wing and fuselage went as planned. On March 28, workers at Boeing's Everett, Wash., plant bent the wing of a special test 787 by 150 percent of the most extreme forces it would experience in flight — about 25 feet upward at the wing tip.