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Manufacturing's Winner and Loser of the Week

January 16, 2015 3:03 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week has been full of news from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, from amazing new cars to some questionable concepts. However, this week’s winners — Ford and Volkswagen — may have stolen the show. On the other end of the stick, oil producers are faced with even more losses as oil prices continue to tumble, earning them the title of ‘Manufacturing's Loser of the Week.’

Fed: Industrial Production Showed Strong Growth in 2014

January 16, 2015 2:30 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Factory production increased at the fastest rate in four years in 2014, according to the latest...

UAE Energy Minister: Oil Producers Need to 'Learn a Lesson'

January 15, 2015 2:49 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Plummeting oil prices over the last several months have left analysts scrambling to figure out...

Tesla Chief Expects Electric Car Driven Profits by 2020

January 14, 2015 9:51 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

CEO Elon Musk, speaking Tuesday at an automotive conference, said Tesla needs to show a profit,...

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Volvo Plans to Export Chinese-Made Cars to the U.S.

January 13, 2015 1:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

With all of this great news for the auto industry in the U.S. market, it’s no wonder why car companies are expanding production in North America. But at least one company plans to do business a little differently.           

Energy Hub Seeks to Improve Production of Composites

January 13, 2015 12:28 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The latest in a series of national innovation hubs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy will focus on reducing the cost and energy needed to build advanced composites.                      

Airbus, Boeing Rivalry Remains Close

January 13, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. topped Airbus in deliveries to customers for the third straight year in 2014 — but Airbus edged ahead with more future orders in the rival companies' annual sales battle.                   

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Keystone Pipeline Odds Remain Long Following Veto Threat

January 8, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter | News | Comments

Control of the United States Senate changed hands this week, but that appears unlikely to change the fortunes of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline following a veto threat from the White House.               

Manufacturing Outlook for 2015: Q&A with Matthew B. Elliott

December 29, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Editorial Director Jeff Reinke discussed the outlook for manufacturers in 2015 with Matthew B. Elliott, Michigan State President, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. They talked about upcoming trends, the skilled labor shortage, and domestic expansion.

World's First 3D Printed Car Won't Break the Bank

November 12, 2014 10:16 am | by David Swan, Business Spectator | News | Comments

U.S. low-cost car manufacturer, Local Motors, plans on selling 3D printed cars in about a year, ranging in price between $18,000 to $30,000.                                

Aerospace Suppliers Ramping Up to Meet Surging Orders

November 12, 2014 10:01 am | by TendersInfo | News | Comments

The large majority of aerospace manufacturers said they plan to increase their workforce over the next 12 months, expect to win new long-term supply agreements in the next three years, and expect aircraft deliveries to continue to grow at least through 2016.

6 Ways to Manage Product Complexity

November 10, 2014 12:19 pm | by Columbus | Articles | Comments

One of the biggest challenges discrete manufacturing companies face is the increasing complexity of the product, whether this is due to technological change, market forces or the need to customize the product to meet demanding customer requirements.

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How a Labeling Solution Saved a U.S. Manufacturer Millions

November 10, 2014 10:14 am | by Josh Roffman | Articles | Comments

With operations and partners worldwide, Hypertherm was experiencing significant growth, however their existing consumables product label printing system was not sufficiently accommodating this growth, and was presenting considerable risks to their operations in this lean manufacturing environment.

General Mills Cuts Sales, Profit Outlook

November 7, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills cuts its sales and profit outlook for the year on Friday, citing persistent sales weakness in the U.S. food industry.                                  

NC Officials Host Closed Meeting on Oil Drilling

November 7, 2014 9:22 am | by Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia met privately Thursday with federal regulators and groups funded by oil and gas companies to discuss plans for drilling off the Atlantic coast.             

Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right

November 6, 2014 10:19 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Missouri manufacturing is certainly having a moment. Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor of Manufacturing.net, recently chatted with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and she shared some of what Missouri did right to revive its economic growth. 

In House vs Outsourced Fleet Management

November 4, 2014 10:17 am | by Robert Hall | Articles | Comments

For many companies, fleet management brings up one of those enduring business conundrums: whether or not to outsource. Should you hire an on-site fleet manager or use a company? There are good arguments on both sides, but no one solution fits all companies.

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AAM 'Fixes' Walmart's Made-in-America Claims

October 31, 2014 11:02 am | by Alliance for American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The web filter at the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) caught a big ol' piece of chaff this week, in the form of a release from Walmart. America's largest retailer has announced plans to purchase $250 billion worth of American-made goods over the next decade, but some of their claims need adjustment. 

Inside the Chevy Volt Battery Lab

October 29, 2014 11:43 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Go inside the largest automotive battery lab in the world that engineered the battery pack for the new Chevy Volt. And after Peter Valdes-Dapena builds a Volt drive unit, we'll let you decide if he has a future in auto manufacturing.     

Airbus Receives Its Largest Aircraft Order to Date

October 15, 2014 5:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indian budget airline IndiGo has signed a preliminary order with Airbus for 250 A320neo Family aircraft.                                         

Manufacturer May Have Put Profits Before Safety

October 15, 2014 12:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

A manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails heads to court this week over allegations it changed its design about 10 years ago to save on manufacturing costs.                           

McDonald's Invites Questions About its Food

October 14, 2014 10:11 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's biggest hamburger chain is confronting unappetizing questions as part of a U.S. campaign to beat back perceptions that it serves Frankenfood.                            

Manufacturing Technology Orders Up Slightly

October 14, 2014 9:26 am | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

August U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $356.69 million according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

Boeing Announces Garuda Order for 50 Planes

October 13, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. says that Garuda Indonesia placed an order for 50 jets with a total sticker price of $4.9 billion.                                         

More Than 200 Craft Brewers Dramatically Reduce Carbon Footprint

October 10, 2014 12:21 pm | by MicroStar Logistics | News | Comments

By sharing a pool of kegs rather than owning their own, over 200 leading craft brewers helped reduce their collective carbon footprint by over 3 million kg of CO2e in 2013.                       

Is Currency Manipulation Hurting American Manufacturing?

October 10, 2014 9:25 am | by Jon Minnick, Manufacturing Business Technology, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Not only is the trade deficit possibly hurting manufacturing at home, but currency manipulation by foreign countries that the U.S. trades with could be making it worse.                       

Boeing Predicts Northeast Plane Demand to Rise

October 9, 2014 12:32 pm | Videos | Comments

Boeing shares are ready to take flight this morning, as the company predicts demand for more than 1,300 new planes in the Northeast, something that will add to a growing backlog of aircrafts the company will produce.          

Navy Tests Cutting-Edge Clothing Manufacturing

October 8, 2014 11:32 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The U.S. Navy is testing out a cutting-edge way of manufacturing clothes; welding them together with ultrasonic waves. The process promises garments that weigh at least 40 percent less.                   

Reno Industrial Market Growing Even Before Tesla

October 6, 2014 1:48 pm | by Scott Sonner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Word that Tesla Motors was interested in locating its giant battery factory near Reno apparently jumpstarted a business migration to the region long before the electric car maker made the decision official.             

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