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2014 UK Automotive Production Looks Bright

January 30, 2014 9:27 am | by SMMT

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, discusses UK car, commercial vehicle, and engine manufacturing performance in 2013. Ford of Britain Managing Director, Mark Ovenden, and other automotive executives also give insights into the year's performance and their expectations for 2014.

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Safety Hat Manufacturing

January 30, 2014 9:14 am | by MSA and Grupo José Pinto

Take a tour of the MSA facotry in South Africa that turns out hard hats for use around the world. This start to finish production line tour takes you from raw material,through the assembly line, and on to warehouse and shipping logistics.   

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3D Printing Helps Nike Design Super Bowl Cleat

January 29, 2014 12:39 pm | by CBS News

Nike used 3D printed prototypes to speed up the design process for its latest football cleat.                                             

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Fixing Education Would Create Jobs

January 28, 2014 12:57 pm | by CNN Money

At Davos, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue insists trade agreements will help create jobs in the U.S. and says business has a role in improving education which is holding the economy back.                

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3D Printing Could Revolutionize Home Building

January 27, 2014 12:50 pm | by CBS News

A USC professor demonstrates how to build a 2,500-square-foot home in less than 20 hours. Brittney Hopper, KCBS 2 Los Angeles, reports.                                 

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The Future of Localized Manufacturing

January 24, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Atlantic

Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, and Robert Atkinson, Founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, argue about the role of localized 3D printing in manufacturing's tomorrow.

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How Pliers Are Made

January 23, 2014 2:07 pm | by Bahco

Watch as Bahco pliers are turned from raw material into their final state. This video features close up views of hot forging, washing, drilling, grinding, induction hardening, threading, and injection equipment, as well as final hand assembly. 

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Harley-Davidson's York Manufacturing Facility

January 23, 2014 9:38 am | by Harley-Davidson

This video showcases how Harley-Davidson and its employees are "exporting freedom" around the globe every day. Get a behind the scenes tour of their facilities and plant practices that create the Harley culture.            

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Tiny Cars Flunk Crash Test

January 23, 2014 9:16 am | by CNN Money

Eleven of the smallest cars sold in America performed very badly in crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Only the Chevrolet Spark received a score of "acceptable."               

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The Future Of Digital Fabrication

January 23, 2014 8:36 am | by Fareed Zakaria, CNN

Fareed Zakaria discusses the future of 3D printing and digital fabrication with MIT's Neil Gershenfeld. Gershenfeld argues that 3D printers are just the beginning and explains how technological advancements can impact manufacturing globally. 

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Mike Rowe Discusses The Skills Gap

January 23, 2014 8:34 am | by HBO, Real Time With Bill Maher

Mike Rowe appeared on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" to discuss Rowe's efforts to bridge the "profound disconnect" between the 3 million good U.S. jobs that can't be filled due to lack of skilled applicants.           

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The World's Most Fuel-Efficient Car

January 22, 2014 2:18 pm | by CNN Money

The Volkswagen XL1 is the world's most fuel-efficient car. It's a plug-in hybrid with a 0.8 liter, 2 cylinder aluminum diesel engine and gets 160 mpg.                             

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Why Electric Cars Matter To GM

January 21, 2014 1:31 pm | by CNN Money

Mark Reuss, President, GM North America discusses why electric cars are crucial to GM.                                               

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New Infrared Imaging Technology

January 20, 2014 12:30 pm | by Fluke Corporation

A lot is at stake when you're relying on images that are out of focus. Never again question your infrared image with Fluke's LaserSharp Auto Focus which gives you consistently in-focus images, every single time, says the company.      

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The Coolest Concept Cars In Detroit

January 17, 2014 1:40 pm | by CNN Money

The Kia GT4 Stinger, Toyota FT-1, Audi Allroad Shooting Brake, and the VW Dune concept cars stirred up a lot of buzz at the Detroit Auto Show.                                

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Marlin Steel: Why I Automate

January 16, 2014 1:14 pm | by Robotic Industries Association

Watch and listen to Marlin Steel CEO/Owner Drew Greenblatt as he discusses how automation allowed him to transform his business.                                   

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Reinventing America's Workforce

January 16, 2014 9:39 am | by CNBC

Steve Forbes, Forbes media chairman and editor-in-chief, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, discuss how implementing innovations with cheap energy will provide a renaissance in manufacturing and create more jobs.           

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Obama Announces First Manufacturing Hub

January 16, 2014 9:33 am | by CNN

President Obama discusses a new North Carolina "manufacturing hub" that he hopes will spread innovation nationwide.                                       

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China Reduces Solar Power Costs With Large-Scale Manufacturing

January 16, 2014 9:27 am

Over the past decade, China has become the world's leading manufacturer of solar energy technologies. China's solar manufacturers have helped drive down the cost of solar panels by using large-scale production practices, spurring the European Union to set a minimum price for Chinese solar panels sold in Europe. 

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Living The Dream: Manufacturing Chocolate

January 16, 2014 9:16 am | by Mondelez International

Hear from Mondelez's UK Manufacturing Director of Chocolate, Neil Chapman. Chapman explains why he is passionate about working in manufacturing, and tells the story of manufacturing at Cadbury. Also watch insider footage of how the Cadbury Dairy Milk bar is made. 

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