The decline of America’s manufacturing base will affect all other sectors of the economy, many service jobs, and eventually reduce the overall growth of GDP. Wealth is created in only three ways: agriculture and fishing, mining, and manufacturing. Beyond these three activities it can be argued that all other forms of economic activities transfer wealth, but don’t create it.
Sustainability is not just about the messaging you deliver to the world, it’s all about what you do to help ensure your business will thrive and be increasingly sustainable in the future. IMPO, Manufacturing Business Technology's sister, publication, recently sat down with Lisa Morden, the global sustainability leader for Kimberly-Clark Professional.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A major U.S. union is asking the Obama administration to crack down on various Chinese trade practices that it says are robbing American workers of jobs in the burgeoning field of clean energy such as solar and wind power. The United Steelworkers union on Thursday filed a 5,800-page petition with the administration contending that China's central and provincial governments are giving Chinese companies unfair advantages over American firms through the use of government subsidies that are prohibited under global trade rules.
NEW YORK, (Kyodo) — Apple Inc. may sell as many as 28 million units of its popular iPad multimedia tablet computer worldwide in 2011, according to a forecast by an analyst with Swiss banking giant UBS AG. Apple sold 3.27 million units of the iPad globally during the April-June quarter after launching it in early April in the United States.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. investigators have widened their probe of alleged kickbacks paid to Russian authorities by employees of a Hewlett-Packard Co. subsidiary in Germany. Authorities in Russia, Germany and the U.S. have been looking into alleged bribes totaling $11 million paid to secure a $44.
NEW YORK (AP) — Ford expects global auto production to increase 5 to 10 percent this year over 2009 levels, a modest gain that reflects the still-weak economy. "The business environment is challenging but we do expect global growth to continue going forward," Ford Americas President Mark Fields said Thursday at the Credit Suisse Automotive and Transportation Conference in New York.
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — NetApp Inc. and Sun Microsystems, which was acquired by Oracle Corp. last year, have agreed to settle a three-year-old patent lawsuit. The companies, which both provide data storage equipment for corporate customers, released few details about their agreement.
HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. is replacing CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo with top Microsoft executive Stephen Elop as the world's top handset maker aims to regain lost ground in the fiercely competitive smartphone market. Elop, head of Microsoft's business division, has held top posts at Juniper Networks Inc.
Large corporations in California have been testing a new device that can generate power on the spot, without being connected to the electric grid. They're saying it's efficient, clean, and saves them money. Will a version of this device one day power manufacturing plants across the globe? Behold, the Bloom Box.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The trade deficit narrowed significantly in July as exports climbed to the highest level in nearly two years, reflecting big gains in sales of U.S.-made airplanes and other manufactured goods while imports declined. The July deficit fell 14 percent to $42.8 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people signing up for unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in two months, an encouraging sign that companies aren't resorting to deeper layoffs even as the economy has lost momentum. The Labor Department reported Thursday that new claims for unemployment aid plunged last week by a seasonally adjusted 27,000 to 451,000.
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple Inc. gave software developers on Thursday the guidelines it uses to determine which programs can be sold in its App Store, yet it reserved for itself broad leeway in deciding what makes the cut. The move follows more than two years of complaints from developers about the company's secret and seemingly capricious rules, which block some programs from the store and hence Apple's popular iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.
Selectingan ERP system means success or failure to a manufacturer’s overall performance. These ten questions move you toward success.
In an effort to compete with Skype, Google now offers Gmail users the opportunity to call someone via their computer. Domestic calls can be made for free, while international phone calls cost only a few cents. What makes this technology desirable for some is that no additional software needs to be installed.
Apple has announced updates to its three iPod models -- Nano, Shuffle, and Touch. Furthermore, the tech giant redesigned Apple TV in an effort to make a less expensive, more attractive option for tech consumers. So what should tech consumers make of these redesigned Apple offerings? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.