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What’s Behind The Renaissance of Rolls Royce?

May 13, 2015 2:39 pm | by Bloomberg Business

Rolls Royce North America President Eric Shepherd discusses the company’s new fashion inspired automobile and move to court women auto buyers.


Japan Defense Export Hopes Dimmed by Latecomer Status

May 13, 2015 2:24 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi & Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press

A year after Japan eased a longstanding ban on military exports, barely a trickle of deals has formed for its powerhouse manufacturers who are reckoning with latecomer status in a crowded global industry.


Slow Wind Might Be the Latest Thing in Sustainable Living

May 13, 2015 2:16 pm | by GE Reports Staff

Sailors know that wind can be a fickle servant and they’ve come up with ingenious ways to trap it in their sails. Wind turbine designers have recently developed their own tricks to beat the doldrums and build efficient wind farms for landscapes caressed with slow-moving wind.


More Vehicles Recalled for Takata Airbag Inflators

May 13, 2015 2:01 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. are expanding their recalls over problem airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. by another 6.5 million vehicles.


Aluminum Plant To Begin Lockout

May 13, 2015 11:02 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Century Aluminum announced plans to lock out hundreds of union workers at its Kentucky smelter beginning Tuesday after members rejected its latest contract proposal. 


Monsanto Vows To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

May 13, 2015 10:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Monsanto Company this week announced a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its crop protection operations by 22 percent by 2020. 


Illinois Auto Parts Company Fined $114K for Safety Lapses

May 13, 2015 10:34 am | by The Associated Press

A Peoria auto parts manufacturer has been fined $114,100 for federal workplace safety violations the government says put workers at risk of amputation and other injuries.


CA Panel Recommends Warning Labels for BPA

May 13, 2015 10:27 am | by Andy Szal Digital Reporter

A California scientific panel recommended that the state add bisphenol-A to its list of harmful chemicals that must be disclosed by companies.


Survey: Cloud Systems Boost Manufacturing Productivity, Quality

May 13, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new survey of manufacturers found that nearly two-thirds saw improved plant productivity after implementing a cloud-computing system.


Apple Steps Up Efforts to go Green in China

May 13, 2015 10:04 am | by Brandon Bailey, The Associated Press

Apple says it's boosting efforts to go green in China by partnering with conservationists to promote sustainable forestry for paper production.


5 Things To Know About Self-Driving Cars

May 13, 2015 9:59 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press

A small fleet of self-driving cars is maneuvering through traffic in California using an array of sensors and computing power. Here are some things to know about these cars of the future. 


Outgoing CEO of BMW Warns That China is 'Losing Momentum'

May 13, 2015 9:50 am | by The Associated Press

The departing CEO of automaker BMW has cautioned that China's economy is "losing momentum."


Louisville to Host 3D Printing Training Center

May 12, 2015 3:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Illinois-based safety company UL and the University of Louisville on Tuesday announced a new 3D printing training facility that will be located adjacent to the university's campus. 


U.S. Job Openings Fall, Hiring Rises in Mostly Positive Report

May 12, 2015 2:57 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of available jobs in the U.S. fell in March, though companies filled more of their open positions in a sign they are still confident enough to hire.


How Visual Aids Can Improve Workplace Safety

May 12, 2015 2:48 pm | by Magnatag Insight

Implementing and maintaining a safety program in your work environment can be a challenging task, but it is necessary for your company. Check out the infographic to find the shocking workplace injury statistics and how to prevent them by using visual aids.


Retail Group Presses Senators Ahead of Trade Authority Vote

May 12, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The National Retail Foundation is pressuring Senate leaders to authorize Trade Promotional Authority ahead of an initial vote on the provision.


Gas Prices Still Look Low for Summer Even After Spring Surge

May 12, 2015 2:41 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

Drivers who have seen a steady rise in the price of gasoline can relax: They will almost certainly be paying far less for gas this summer than they have in at least six years.


Tyson to Curb Antibiotics in Poultry for Schools, Hospitals

May 12, 2015 10:04 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The country's largest meat producer recently announced plans to limit the use of antibiotics in poultry destined for institutions such as schools and hospitals.  


Reshoring Initiative Encourages American Manufacturing

May 12, 2015 9:36 am | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter

Harry Moser, the former president of machine tool company GF AgieCharmilles, is on a mission to bring manufacturing back to the United States. 


U.S. Settles With New York Coke Plant for $12M Over Pollution

May 12, 2015 9:21 am | by Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press

A coal-burning industrial plant that a federal official called an "environmental outlaw" has agreed to pay $12 million to settle claims that it polluted the air and water with harmful chemicals. 



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