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Hollande: U.S. Spying Threatens Free-Trade Talks

July 1, 2013 2:06 pm | by Frank Jordans, Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press | News | Comments

French President Francois Hollande demanded on Monday that the United States immediately stop its alleged eavesdropping on European Union diplomats and suggested that the widening surveillance scandal could derail free-trade negotiations worth billions. The Obama administration is facing a breakdown in confidence from key allies over secret surveillance programs that reportedly installed covert listening devices in EU offices.

Alcoa To Close Smelter To Stay Competitive

July 1, 2013 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Aluminum giant Alcoa said Friday that it will close a smelting facility in Italy, its latest move to trim costs as it grapples with lower aluminum prices. Alcoa was already tamping down production at the Fusina smelter in Venice, Italy, three years ago, citing weak aluminum prices and the need to stay competitive.

U.S. Set To Suspend Bangladesh Trade Privileges

June 27, 2013 1:53 pm | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States is expected to suspend trade privileges for Bangladesh because of concerns over labor rights and worker safety that intensified after hundreds died there in the global garment industry's worst accident. Congressional aides said the Obama administration would make its announcement Thursday, the culmination of a yearslong review of labor conditions in the impoverished South Asian nation.

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TPS Accelerates Meals Per Hour

June 27, 2013 8:02 am | by HENRYand REL Supermarche | Videos | Comments

Take a look at how a non-profit implemented Toyota's legendary production system (TPS) to increase the number of meals distributed to people who are still affected by Superstorm Sandy. Implementing this Kaizen event has made meal delivery in the still recovering area more efficient than ever before.

Court Makes It Harder To Sue Businesses

June 26, 2013 10:00 am | by Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press | News | Comments

A divided Supreme Court on Monday decided to make it harder for Americans to sue businesses for retaliation and discrimination, leading a justice to call for Congress to overturn the court's actions. The court's conservatives, in two 5-4 decisions, ruled that a person must be able to hire and fire someone to be considered a supervisor in discrimination lawsuits, making it harder to blame a business for a co-worker's racism or sexism.

A Supply Chain With No Weak Links

June 26, 2013 8:03 am | by Rowmark | Articles | Comments

Despite the ever looming concern about high fuel prices, there is still booming interest in many motorsports vehicles and products. Over the past several years, Sportech, Inc. has experienced an explosive increase in demand for their Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) parts for original equipment manufacturers of motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs, and other off-road vehicles.

SAS Plans To Buy 12 New Aircraft From Airbus

June 25, 2013 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Scandinavian airline SAS says it plans to order 12 new planes from Airbus in a deal valued at $3.3 billion at list prices. SAS said Tuesday it has signed a memorandum of understanding — short of a firm order — for eight A350 and four A330 planes as part of a renewal of its long-haul fleet.

Indiana City Works On Deal To Sell Factory For $1

June 25, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An eastern Indiana city could sell a large empty factory to a company for $1 as part of a deal for it to hire more than 300 workers. Connersville's city council and redevelopment commission approved resolutions Monday night giving the company three months to decide whether to finalize the agreement.

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June 2013: Taking Manufacturing High Tech

June 24, 2013 2:32 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Check out some of the latest in high tech manufacturing, including the manufacturing software environment and its growing ability to gather and analyze more data, manufacturing automation's march to dominate the plant floor, the importance of reliable material handling information to track the plant of the future, and the cost-saving implications of monitoring and managing facility energy usage.

EU-China Solar Panel Dumping Talks Continue

June 21, 2013 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's trade commissioner said Friday that the EU and China are seeking a negotiated settlement to resolve a solar panel dumping dispute as quickly as possible. Karel De Gucht told reporters in Beijing that there had been no breakthroughs so far in talks and warned that such disputes are rarely resolved overnight.

Retaining Your Number One Asset: Employees

June 21, 2013 8:08 am | by Maria Ferrante, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development, PMMI | Articles | Comments

There is one absolute that applies to every company, independent of industry: You cannot expect to operate efficiently without dedicated and skilled employees. When looking at the manufacturing industry specifically, finding a highly skilled workforce has proven to be one of the greatest challenges.

Export Revival Underway For Small Businesses

June 20, 2013 10:30 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

When Lawrence Scheer began selling baby clothes in 2010, he didn't realize it then, but he was on the leading edge of a recovery in small business exports. Scheer's company, Magnificent Baby, manufactures its products in China and then sells them in about 20 countries around the world.

Leading 3D Printer Firms To Merge In $403M Deal

June 20, 2013 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stratasys, a leading maker of 3D printers, is buying another 3D printer manufacturer, MakerBot, for $403 million in stock. Stratasys Ltd. said Wednesday the acquisition will enable it to offer affordable desktop 3D printers. MakerBot, whose machines are priced around $2,000 to $3,000 and are aimed at the "prosumer" market, sells direct to buyers over its website.

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U.S. Senators Introduce Export Bill

June 19, 2013 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte are teaming up to help small businesses make the most of their export opportunities. The senators on Tuesday reintroduced the bipartisan Small Business Export Growth Act, which is aimed at cutting down on bureaucratic hurdles and giving businesses more exporting assistance.

U.S. Gave Up On Manufacturing For Short Term Profits

June 18, 2013 8:05 am | by PD&D | Articles | Comments

Bio-Chem Fluidics' new Vice President of Operations, Joe Turiello, says that the United States on the whole seems way too willing to give up its manufacturing capabilities for short term profits. PD&D caught up with Turiello to talk to him about his new position, the future of Bio-Chem, and his thoughts on the industry.

KPMG: Global Manufacturers Lack Supply Chain Visibility Beyond Tier 1 Suppliers

June 17, 2013 4:51 pm | by KPMG LLP | Articles | Comments

Global manufacturers are putting their supply chains at the center of their business strategies to serve as the foundation for operational efficiency and collaborative innovation, according to KPMG’s 4th annual Global Manufacturing Outlook: Competitive Advantage – Enhancing Supply Chain Networks for Efficiency and Innovation, which surveyed 335 C-level executives globally, including 95 in the U.S.

Boeing's 787 Nightmare Is Over

June 17, 2013 1:46 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

It wasn't that long ago that the Boeing 787 was having some problems with its battery, leading to many airlines grounding their 787s. Now, the Dreamliner maker's stock is the 2nd best performer in the Dow this year as worries about Boeing's 787 battery problems fade.

Fiat: Supplier Delays Will Force Shutdowns

June 12, 2013 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Italian carmaker Fiat says it will temporarily stop production at some European car plants in the coming days due to insufficient deliveries of plastic parts. Fiat said in a statement Wednesday that more than 5,500 vehicles can't be completed due to missing components from the Italian supplier Selmat, creating an "unmanageable" backlog.

ITW To Acquire Meurer Group

June 10, 2013 10:21 am | News | Comments

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) has announced that it has signed a Definitive Purchase Agreement to acquire 100 percent of the Meurer Group located in Furstenau Germany. Meurer is a well-known supplier of secondary packaging equipment to the FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) markets worldwide.

Royalty Pharma Raises Offer To Buy Drugmaker Elan

June 7, 2013 12:34 pm | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Shares of Elan Corp. PLC jumped Friday after Royalty Pharma once again raised its offer to buy the Irish drugmaker in an increasingly bitter takeover fight. Royalty said it will now pay $13 in cash for each Elan share, and it will give stockholders the right to receive up to an additional $2.50 per share in milestone-based payments. That's up from a previous bid of $12.50 per share.

Chinese Solar Panel Makers Face New Taxes

June 6, 2013 1:14 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht speaks about the European Commission's new tax on Chinese solar panel manufacturers and the possibility of a trade war. De Gucht talks about what this means for trade between China and the European Union.

ITC Rules For Samsung, Bans iPhone 4 Imports

June 5, 2013 2:19 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. trade agency on Tuesday issued a ban on imports of Apple's iPhone 4 and a variant of the iPad 2 after finding the devices violate a patent held by South Korean rival Samsung Electronics. Because the devices are assembled in China, the import ban would end Apple's ability to sell them in the U.S.

Study IDs Possible New WY Rare Earths Sources

June 5, 2013 10:00 am | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study by the Wyoming State Geological Survey has identified dozens of possible sources of rare earth metals in Wyoming in addition to deposits in the Bear Lodge Mountains that a company already has targeted for mining. State geologists gathered and analyzed 335 rock samples from around Wyoming over the past year, making use of $200,000 appropriated by the Legislature.

EU Slaps Levies On Chinese Solar Panel Imports

June 4, 2013 1:55 pm | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union announced Tuesday that it is imposing anti-dumping levies on imports of Chinese solar panels, in a move that could trigger a trade war between two of the world's largest economies. EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said the 27-nation bloc will impose a tariff of about 12 percent on the import of solar panels, cells and wafers.

Siemens Acquires UK-Based Preactor

June 3, 2013 1:41 pm | by Siemens | News | Comments

By acquiring the Preactor Group headquartered in Chippenham in the UK, Siemens further expand its international lead in the industry software market. Preactor’s APS software solutions will add significant new components to the Siemens Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) portfolio.

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