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Reducing Current Product Costs — Challenges And Opportunities

November 13, 2013 9:36 am | by Julie Driscoll, VP of Strategic Marketing & Product Management, aPriori | Articles | Comments

Different manufacturing businesses face different business challenges depending on product sets, competitive dynamics, supply chains and customer trends in a given market. But when it comes to reducing the costs of existing products, they share some very similar challenges.

Next Generation of High-Speed Goods-to-Person Picking Solutions Optimize Flexibility and Throughput

November 4, 2013 9:34 am | by Jim McMahon, international logistics and automation writer | Articles | Comments

Many executives running high-throughput distribution centers face a growing logistics challenge – the need to prepare small-quantity, mixed-SKU orders to ship and arrive on schedule with short delivery times.            

Carlisle Selling Transportation Unit For $375M

October 21, 2013 2:46 pm | by AP | News | Comments

 Carlisle Transportation Products makes and distributes bias-ply and radial tires, stamped and roll-formed steel wheels, and tire and wheel assemblies to non-automotive customers.               

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Car Sales Burst A Challenge To Parts Suppliers

October 14, 2013 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The rising demand for new cars is creating a problem for parts suppliers — and that, in turn, could hurt the growth of car plants in Mississippi, a trade association official says.            

Boeing Plane Deliveries Accelerate In 3Q

October 4, 2013 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. said it delivered 170 commercial planes during the third quarter as deliveries accelerated for three of its most important planes. Compared to the same period last year, deliveries sped up for its smaller, workhorse 737, its long-range best-seller 777, and its new 787.

Supply Chain Strategies And The Future Of American Manufacturing

October 2, 2013 8:01 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

China’s overwhelming manufacturing cost advantage over the U.S. is shrinking fast. Within three years, a Boston Consulting Group analysis concludes that rising Chinese wages, higher U.S. productivity, a weaker dollar, and other factors will virtually close the cost gap between the U.S. and China for many goods consumed in North America. 

New Report: U.S. Trade Deficit With China Costing $37B In Lost Wages Annually

October 1, 2013 3:30 pm | News | Comments

A new study by the Economic Policy Institute finds that a growing trade deficit with China has cost the U.S. billions of dollars in lost wages. In 2011 alone, unbalanced trade with the People’s Republic resulted in lost U.S. wages of $37.0 billion. The EPI study cites 2.7 million U.S. jobs lost between 2001 and 2011 due to the trade gap with China, and over 2.1 million of those jobs were in the manufacturing sector. 

The Truth About Reshoring, Productivity, And Today’s Manufacturer

October 1, 2013 8:00 am | by Jim Shepherd , Plex Systems | Articles | Comments

Virtually all analysts agree that, yes, many American manufacturers have been successful in bringing some previously lost business back home. But it’s happening at a slower pace than the industry had hoped. According to Henry Moser, the founder of the national Reshoring Initiative, the actual rate of reshoring is somewhere between a trickle and torrent.  

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3M Becomes Exclusive Distribution Partner For DEUS Rescue Safety Markets

September 30, 2013 3:56 pm | News | Comments

DEUS Rescue today announced a distribution agreement with 3M Company that will give the 3M Personal Safety Division exclusive distribution rights to DEUS Rescue products in fall protection-related industries. Under the agreement, 3M will sell DEUS® controlled descent devices, kits, and related accessories through its broad network of distributors and dealers starting in late 2013.

Shell Abandons Western Slope Oil-Shale Project

September 26, 2013 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has become the latest company to abandon efforts to turn Western Slope oil-shale into oil, joining a long line of companies in a boom and bust cycle in the region. The company said energy markets have changed since the project started in 1982, and the company no longer wants to continue efforts to turn oily shale rock into liquid by heating the rock and pumping out the oil.

Toyota To Export Corollas To Latin America In 2014

September 26, 2013 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota says it will begin sending U.S.-built Corolla sedans to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean starting next year. The world's biggest car maker said Thursday that production of the U.S.-built vehicles is set to start at its Tupelo, Miss., plant in April 2014. 

Moving In Droves To Texas

September 25, 2013 12:29 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Residents of Midland, Texas enjoy the second highest personal incomes in the United States, thanks to a booming oil and gas industry. Unemployment in Midland is less than half the national average at 3.5 percent. If people in Midland don't have a job, it's because they don't want to work, say the residents.

FTA To Strengthen 'Buy America' Program

September 25, 2013 9:59 am | by U.S. Department of Transportation | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration announced a new Interagency Agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST that will make it easier for manufacturers and transit agencies to identify domestically made products, such as steel and iron components that comply with FTA’s “Buy America” rules requiring that at least 60 percent of the components must be manufactured in the United States. 

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Airbus Sees World Aircraft Fleet Doubling By 2032

September 24, 2013 2:31 pm | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press | News | Comments

Airbus is predicting that the number of jet planes around the world will double in the next 20 years, largely to satisfy demand in emerging markets, particularly China. At a press briefing in London, where it unveiled its market forecasts for the period up to 2032, the European plane maker said air traffic will grow 4.7 percent annually.

Applied Materials In Takeover Of Tokyo Electron

September 24, 2013 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chip-making equipment manufacturer Applied Materials is acquiring Tokyo Electron Ltd., a rival maker of equipment for production of semiconductors, flat panel displays and solar panels. The two companies said Tuesday their $9.39 billion all-stock transaction will result in the creation of a new company with a market capitalization of about $29 billion.

S. Korea Rejects Boeing, Says F-15 Not Good Enough

September 24, 2013 10:18 am | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea on Tuesday rejected Boeing Co.'s bid to supply 60 fighter jets in the country's largest-ever weapons purchase even though it was the sole remaining bidder, and said it would reopen the tender. Boeing had offered its F-15 Silent Eagle, but South Korean critics have said the warplane lacks state-of-the-art stealth capabilities and cannot effectively cope with North Korea's increasing nuclear threats.

Japan Isn't Trading Its Way Up

September 23, 2013 12:14 pm | by Reuters TV | Videos | Comments

The latest figures show Japan's exports climbing - so what's got the country's manufacturers feeling worse? Reuters' Yonggi Kang reports on the darker side of the country's trade picture and what exactly it takes to keep Japan's companies happy.

Violence Continues Over Pay Hikes In Bangladesh

September 23, 2013 9:56 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas Monday in the third day of clashes with thousands of garment workers demanding better minimum wages amid escalating tension over the country's main export business. Police said the violence mainly took place in the Gazipur and Savar Industrial zones, just outside the capital of Dhaka. 

AR Proposed Steel Mill Lining Up Customers

September 23, 2013 9:51 am | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press | News | Comments

Financing for a $1.1 billion steel mill planned for northeast Arkansas expects to be wrapped up by the end of the year, but until then backers will be lining up customers and suppliers. The Big River Steel plant, which is projected to employ more than 500 people, recently was approved for an air quality permit from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, pending resolution of any objections that are due before mid-October.

Senate Passes Bill To Avert Helium Shortage

September 20, 2013 2:12 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Break out the balloons. Congress moved a step closer Thursday to averting an impending shutdown of the federal helium reserve, a key supplier of the lighter-than-air gas used in a products ranging from party balloons to MRI machines.

Havana Sees New Life For Seedy Industrial Port

September 16, 2013 2:10 pm | by Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press | News | Comments

Havana's harbor has long been an unsightly jumble of piers left to crumble into piles of rusty, twisted rebar. Its dominant feature is a refinery smokestack across the bay that belches smoke and flame 24 hours a day. But lately demolition crews and towering cranes have been working double-time to finally tear down the ruined docks. 

The Sweeping Transformation Of Manufacturing

September 13, 2013 8:02 am | by Beth Ambaruch, Director Corporate Communications, PTC | Articles | Comments

Whether we like it or not, globalization has been a major factor in the staying power of many manufacturers. The practice of scattering production, jobs and plants across the globe has delivered great benefits to the consumer and the manufacturer. Companies have been able to squeeze as much efficiency as possible from the products they make so that what we desire is affordable and readily available.

The ‘One-To-Many’ Supply Chain

September 13, 2013 8:01 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Most everyone in manufacturing is aware that today, supply chain is, more or less, “king” of the manufacturing lifecycle. With more globalized supply chains and the trend of working with more and more third parties, it’s critical that manufacturers keep a strong hold on the flow of materials from one location to the next. 

"Made In America": The Competitiveness Imperative

September 10, 2013 8:01 am | by Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Politicians love promoting "made in America" during an election season but tend to forget about it once the dust settles. And so, for all the praise of American manufacturing in the last campaign – by Democrats and Republicans alike – very little has actually been done. So what happened to a real competitiveness – and – jobs agenda?

Study: New Gas Development Boom Unlikely In MI

September 6, 2013 2:19 pm | by John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Michigan may have large natural gas reserves deep underground, but it will likely be years before they would be developed on a large scale, giving policymakers time to deal with the environmental and public health concerns associated with the extraction method known as fracking, according to a study released Thursday.

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