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Daimler's Self-Driving Big Rig Makes Big Entrance In Nevada

May 6, 2015 9:54 am | by Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press | News | Comments

Its name is "Inspiration" and Daimler Trucks says it's the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads — in this case Nevada's highways — not only for testing, but business, too.


U.S. Reopens Investigation Into Jeep, Dodge Sun Visors

May 6, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is reopening an investigation into Jeep and Dodge sun visors after reports that some caught fire even after a recall repair.


Manufacturing Mergers Off To Strong Start In 2015

May 6, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Mergers and acquisitions in the manufacturing sector hit their highest first-quarter levels in years, according to the latest quarterly analysis by PwC US.


Metalworking Groups To Provide Scholarships For Student Competitors

May 6, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two manufacturing groups on Tuesday announced a partnership to provide thousands in scholarships to students active in the skilled trades.


USDA Report: Labeling Requirement Costs Producers Without Benefit To Consumers

May 6, 2015 9:38 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal officials reported that country-of-origin-labeling requirements cost the agricultural sector billions without any measurable benefit to consumers.


New CEO Takes Over Evolving Drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb

May 6, 2015 9:33 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. has a new leader, Dr. Giovanni Caforio, who became CEO as the company's annual meeting in Plainsboro, New Jersey, ended Tuesday.


EU Moves To Help Tech Companies Compete With U.S. Giants

May 6, 2015 9:29 am | by Lorne Cook & Raf Casert, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union has unveiled a long-term strategy to help its technology companies compete with U.S. giants like Google and Amazon by unifying the continent's digital sector and taking a hard line on abuses by dominant firms.


Report: EPA To Ease Testing Requirements In Formaldehyde Rule

May 6, 2015 9:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal regulators are reportedly set to ease testing requirements as part of long-awaited restrictions on formaldehyde.


Kentucky Aluminum Plant Nears Lockout

May 6, 2015 9:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A Kentucky aluminum smelter appears on the brink of a work stoppage after union workers rejected a proposed labor agreement.


Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

May 6, 2015 7:42 am | Events

Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference 2015 will explore the new meaning of supply chain excellence in the digital age–preparing leaders to push past traditional boundaries, drive innovation, and uncover new sources of value for the enterprise.   

Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show 2015

May 6, 2015 7:16 am | Events

Expected to draw 10,000 professionals, CMTS is poised to unveil Canada’s largest display of industry equipment and technology — including efficiencies such as lean manufacturing and automation — that are geared towards helping Canadian manufacturers maintain a competitive advantage and prepare for growth.


Manufacturing Day 2015

May 6, 2015 7:11 am | Events

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day officially occurs on the first Friday in October — this year is October 2, 2015.


2015 Manufacturing Summit

May 6, 2015 7:05 am | Events

Join fellow manufacturers from across the country to meet with legislators and advocate policies that play a critical role in our nation’s economic growth.


Design & Manufacturing: Minneapolis

May 6, 2015 6:57 am | Events

Get an up close look at the newest technologies, equipment, products, and services. Talk to the industry experts in person, and get answers to your questions in real time.


Ultra-Luxury Aston Martin Now More Affordable

May 5, 2015 12:10 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Aston Martin The Americas President Julian Jenkins discusses how Aston Martins will be more accessible with their new lease program.


The Newest Microsoft Smartphone Rumors Make A Ton Of Sense

May 5, 2015 12:07 pm | by NewsyTech | Videos | Comments

New Lumia phones could benefit from new smartphone-centric features in Windows 10.


Here's Why Tesla Is Building Batteries For Your Home

May 5, 2015 12:05 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Tesla is building a new generation of batteries that could power homes, businesses and even the grid. Tom Randall takes a look at the emerging market for new energy storage.


Three Key Issues To Ponder Before Going ‘All In’ On The Cloud

May 5, 2015 11:38 am | by Padman Ramankutty | Articles | Comments

A look at the three challenges IT organizations must consider and tackle in order to smoothly transition to a hybrid or all-cloud environment.


U.S. Factory Orders Rise In March

May 5, 2015 9:59 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Orders to U.S. factories rose in March for the first time since last July, breaking a long stretch of weakness in manufacturing.


VW CEO Vows Progress On Costs After Leadership Struggle

May 5, 2015 9:57 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Volkswagen's CEO said the company is tackling its problems in the wake of a leadership struggle and promised progress on lowering costs and raising profitability.



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