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ISM: November Numbers Recap

January 13, 2014 9:57 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Brad Holcomb, chair of the ISM Business Survey Committee, talks to Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, and Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.Net, about November's PMI and explains what's behind the numbers. 

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PepsiCo's 'Performance With Purpose' Strategy

January 10, 2014 1:17 pm | by NBC News

Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, discusses her company's initiative to shift to more "good for you" snack foods and ramp up the development of new products. This was an extremely difficult transformation, says Nooyi.       

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A Driverless Audi Hits The Highway

January 9, 2014 12:29 pm | by CNN Money

CNN's Samuel Burke takes a ride in Audi's self-driving A7 during this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.                                       

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CES Showcases Smart Car Technology

January 9, 2014 9:26 am | by CBS News

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas highlights the latest in smart car technology including self-driving, solar powered capabilities. CNET's Sumi Das looks at the future of cars.                   

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Game-changing Joint Ventures In The Manufacturing Sector

January 9, 2014 9:19 am | by KPMG's Global Joint Ventures Practice

Steve Burch, of KPMG's Global Joint Ventures Practice, explores some key opportunities and challenges for the Manufacturing sector and how joint ventures and alliances, if well planned and executed, can help deliver growth.       

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A Missing Ingredient In Manufacturing Revival

January 9, 2014 9:05 am | by CA Forward

The reports of manufacturing's demise in California are probably exaggerated. In Southern California, the largest manufacturing region in the country, there are still 360,000 workers in the industry. But even successful companies are facing major bumps along the way. 

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Turning Wasted Activity Into Productivity

January 9, 2014 8:19 am | by TedxTalks

Bill Peterson, who has more than 30 years of experience in the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) businesses, discusses his theories on turning wasted time into productive time using lean countermeasures.          

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2014 Economy Will 'Return To Normal'

January 8, 2014 12:22 pm | by CNNMoney

Thanks to a more stable international outlook and the housing market comeback, 2014 is expected to be a solid year of modest growth in the economy.                              

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The Wearable Computers, Smart Devices, And Robots Of CES

January 7, 2014 12:59 pm | by CBS News

The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show gets underway this week with small, wearable computers, innovative robotics, and smart devices. Sumi Das previews some of the newest tech.                       

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2013's Worst In Tech

January 6, 2014 1:30 pm | by CNNMoney

BlackBerry's struggles, Samsung and Apple's ongoing legal battles, and the glitches of healthcare.gov are the worst of tech news in 2013.                                 

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Creating The Future Of Packaging

January 3, 2014 12:07 pm | by CNNMoney

Ecovative Design, a company in Green Island, NY, turns agricultural waste and mushroom fibers into a styrofoam packaging replacement.                                 

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Custom-Made Products Manufacturing

January 2, 2014 12:24 pm | by CNNMoney

CafePress, the online retailer of user-customized products, can personalize anything from mugs to Kindle cases using their 100 percent "home-grown" software and manufacturing equipment.                   

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Busting Slime For More Sustainable Ships

December 23, 2013 10:19 am | by AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has released this rather fascinating video about how it has worked with Newcastle University to improve the sustainability and fuel economy of the world’s largest ships.                     

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The Top 3 Manufacturing Trends For 2014

December 20, 2013 11:23 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology

With the end of the year approaching, manufacturers are looking forward into next year and the trends that matter to them.  Matthew Littlefield, president and principal analyst with LNS Research, narrows down the list of trends that you should be aware of.

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Manufacturing Newswire: Price Fixing, Tech Trends & NASA’s Superhero Robot

December 19, 2013 1:08 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology

In this episode of MBT’s Manufacturing Newswire, we’ll discuss scandals facing some big businesses, as well as major updates from GM and Ford. We’ll also talk to LNS Research about 2014 tech trends in manufacturing, and take a look at NASA’s superhero robot.

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F35: The Last Manned Fighter Jet

December 19, 2013 9:51 am | by CNNMoney

United Technologies CFO Greg Hayes explains why he thinks the current fleet will be the 'last procurement' of manned fighter jets.                                   

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BMW Motorcycle Assembly Plant Tour

December 19, 2013 9:38 am | by BMW

BMW will guide you and your friends, colleagues, and fellow students through the birth place of BMW motorcycles.  Experience the fascination of a highly modern vehicle production, where man and machine build two-wheeled dreams.     

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Manufacturing: Moving Into The Middle Class

December 19, 2013 9:28 am | by cafwd.org

There's no arguing the facts: Manufacturing, in California, is a huge element of the state's economy.  According to the state's Employment Development Department, there are more than 1.2 million people working in the industry.     

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American Energy And Manufacturing Competitiveness

December 19, 2013 9:20 am | by U.S. Department of Energy

Top CEOs, including Chad Holliday of Bank of America and Eric Spiegel of Siemens USA, discuss the advantages that the U.S. offers for manufacturing, including the largest market in the world, low energy costs, and a strong technology infrastructure.

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Breakingviews: Is Google Building The Terminator?

December 18, 2013 1:32 pm | by Reuters TV

Rob Cox and Rob Cyran try to make sense of Google's purchase of robotics firm Boston Dynamics, its eighth in the space this year.                                   

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