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Will Japanese Whiskey Become the New Scotch?

March 27, 2015 12:30 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Takeshi Niinami, Suntory Holdings CEO, sits down with Charles Passy to talk about the Japanese whiskey market, its acquisition of Jim Beam and its U.S. marketing efforts. 

Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 2

March 26, 2015 1:58 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in...

Top 5 Trends Impacting Asset Performance Management: No. 3

March 25, 2015 3:10 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

This week, Greg Goodwin of LNS research is counting down the top 5 asset performance trends in...

HJ Heinz Buying Kraft, Building a $28 Billion Food Giant

March 25, 2015 1:50 pm | by Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods, crating one of the largest food and beverage companies in...

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Revamping Supply Chain Intelligence: Q&A With Bob Farrell

March 25, 2015 10:34 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Bob Farrell, CEO of Kewill, offers expert insight into the importance of transportation and warehouse management that can help manufacturers save money and maintain excellent customer relations.    

Mercedes Recalls 30,000 Cars to Fix Rear Tail Lamp Problem

March 24, 2015 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz is recalling just over 30,000 CLS-Class cars in the U.S. because the LED tail lamps may not light properly on the sides.

Wilson to Purchase Louisville Slugger

March 24, 2015 10:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

One of the most iconic brands in baseball is changing hands for the first time in its more than 130-year history.

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VW May Replace Toyota as World's Largest Automaker

March 23, 2015 11:06 am | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it expects global sales of its group to slightly fall in 2015 amid weak demand in emerging economies and Japan, a development that could lead the company to lose the title of the world's biggest automaker to Germany's Volkswagen AG.

Caterpillar Moving 2 Joliet Production Lines to Mexico

March 23, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest move is part of a series of cuts at the factory, where 770 workers are currently employed, compared with 7,000 in the late 1970s.

Chinese State Company Agrees to Buy Italy's Pirelli

March 23, 2015 10:51 am | by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's biggest state-owned chemical company said Monday it plans to buy Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli, adding to a string of high-profile Chinese corporate purchases in Europe.

Top 10 Resolutions for Building a Better B2B Supply Chain Operating Network

March 5, 2015 11:07 am | by Ed Rusch | Articles | Comments

The inter-connectedness, expansive footprints and co-dependency within the process industries, and the dynamic supply chain interactions in an inter-enterprise network, form the basis for these “Top 10 Resolutions” to building a better supply chain operating network in 2015 and beyond. 

Engineers Rigged This Dreamliner Jet Engine with Parts Made from Amazing Ceramics

March 5, 2015 10:43 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Engineers at jet engine proving grounds in Ohio are using a jet engine GE developed for Boeing’s Dreamliner to test engine parts made from a new ceramic super-material.

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5 Stunners from the Geneva Car Show

March 4, 2015 2:39 pm | by Greg Keller and David McHugh, The Associated Press | News | Comments

There is no doubt what visitors are coming to see at the glamorous Geneva motor show: supercars.

4 Reasons Why Regulated Industries Need to Invest in APM

March 3, 2015 3:14 pm | by Dan Miklovic | Articles | Comments

There is a group of industries that stands to gain significantly from implementing APM and pursuing asset operational excellence—regulated industries like pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and aerospace. The reasons these industries need to pursue APM excellence may vary, but they share several key drivers.

ISM: Manufacturing Takes Slight Hit from West Coast Port Dispute, Weather

March 3, 2015 10:34 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the 26th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 69th consecutive month.

Google to Enter Wireless Market

March 3, 2015 10:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A top Google executive said the tech giant is getting into the wireless business in hopes of blending Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

Fiat Chrysler Brushes Off Snow, Posts 5.6 Pct U.S. Sales Gain

March 3, 2015 10:20 am | by Tom Krisher and Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler U.S. overcame freezing temperatures and a barrage of Northeast snowstorms to post a 5.6 percent sales gain last month as customers nationwide brushed off the weather and continued to buy cars.

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Check Out Caterpillar's Viral Marketing Success

February 26, 2015 3:26 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sometimes it pays off when companies produce fun, creative advertisements. CEO Doug Oberhelman explains why the Caterpillar made the popular Jenga Youtube commercial.

A Bottle of Belgian Beer That Costs $43

February 26, 2015 3:14 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Ted Kenny, owner of Top Hops Beer Shop, discusses the rising popularity of craft beer in the U.S.

Why Manufacturers Need to Do Their Duty to Protect Core Applications

February 25, 2015 3:27 pm | by Mariano Nunez | Articles | Comments

In 2014, organizations were caught off guard by the increase in advanced threats targeting vulnerabilities within business-critical applications. In order to ensure that this information is secured, manufacturing organizations must implement measures that eliminate any and all threats to the business before they evolve.

Are You Walking by Your Best Cost Reduction Opportunity?

February 23, 2015 11:09 am | by George Krauter, Vice President, Storeroom Solutions, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Many companies ignore MRO, opting instead to focus on what they perceive to be bigger cost reduction initiatives. In many cases, they are walking by their best opportunity. 

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 20, 2015 3:37 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

'Manufacturing’s Winner & Loser of the Week' are two companies that have been having two very different weeks. The winner of the week has been experiencing an outstanding revival of success, while the loser is facing another week of bad news and even worse press.

Foreign Holdings of U.S. Treasury Debt Hit Record in December

February 19, 2015 9:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury securities rose to a record level in December despite investors in China and Japan, the two biggest foreign owners of Treasury debt, cutting back on their holdings.

Caterpillar Says U.S. is Investigating its Movement of Cash

February 19, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is investigating how Caterpillar has been moving cash between its business units in the U.S. and overseas, the construction equipment company said Wednesday.

The Five Continuous Improvement Paradoxes

February 18, 2015 3:34 pm | by Joakim Ahlström | Articles | Comments

Succeeding with continuous improvement has proven harder than expected for many organizations. One big reason is that there are a few challenges most organizations sooner or later encounter and where your intuitive responses actually prevent you from succeeding.

How High Tech Can Pursue Industrial Internet of Things Market

February 18, 2015 10:38 am | by Bart Fischer, Managing Director with Accenture Electronics and High Tech | Articles | Comments

Accenture defines IIoT as the convergence of intelligent industrial products, processes, and services that communicate with each other, and with people, over global networks. Conservative estimates suggest worldwide Industrial Internet spending is set to increase from $20 billion in 2012 to $500 billion by 2020*.

Report: Apple Has Hundreds Working on Electric Car Project

February 17, 2015 10:42 am | by Bernard Condon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

You've heard of the iPhone and iPad. How about the iCar? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project — code name "Titan" — to develop an electric vehicle. 

Brewers Battle Over Who Can Distribute Beer in Kentucky

February 13, 2015 2:23 pm | by Adam Beam, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tensions between the emerging craft beer industry and one of the world's largest brewers have erupted into a regulatory fight about who can distribute beer in Kentucky.

Hertz Used to Make Cars?

February 13, 2015 2:07 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Hertz may be synonymous with car rentals today, but it began as a manufacturer. Peter Valdes-Dapena drives a car that Hertz manufactured in the early 1900s.

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