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Energy Hub Seeks To Improve Production Of Composites

January 13, 2015 12:08 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The latest in a series of national innovation hubs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy will focus on reducing the cost and energy needed to build advanced composites.                      

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Tiny Sodas: Less Guilt Means More Money For Soft Drink Makers

January 13, 2015 10:56 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

As people cut back on soda, the two beverage giants are pushing smaller cans and bottles they say contain fewer calories and induce less guilt. The goal is to offset falling consumption with packages that cost more per ounce and are appealing for their novelty and portion control.

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PC Industry Still Struggling, But Sales Decline Leveling Off

January 13, 2015 10:51 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Despite some glimmers of recovery, the personal computer industry is still struggling with declining sales, according to two market reports issued Monday that show global PC shipments fell in 2014 for the third year in a row.       

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Airbus, Boeing Split Annual Sales Rivalry

January 13, 2015 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. topped Airbus in deliveries to customers for the third straight year in 2014 — but Airbus edged ahead with more future orders in the rival companies' annual sales battle.                   

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Merck Seeks Approval Of New Cancer Drug, Reorganization On Track

January 13, 2015 10:43 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drugmaker Merck & Co. is ratcheting up its race with rival Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. for leadership in one of today's hottest research areas, immuno-oncology, which harnesses the immune system to fight cancer.           

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Deaths Due To General Motors' Faulty Ignitions Now At 45

January 13, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 45 people have died and 68 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                   

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5 Questions For Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne

January 13, 2015 10:34 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

During an hourlong question-and-answer session Monday Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said that high leasing levels aren't a threat to auto sales and that his company can make a good case to get the U.S. government to ease fuel economy requirements.

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As Cheap Gas Shifts Buying Habits, Automakers Power On

January 13, 2015 10:28 am | by Jeff Karoub, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Inside the Detroit Auto Show, automakers are showing off electric and other vehicles designed to cut our dependence on fossil fuels. Outside, car buyers are paying the lowest prices in years for carbon-based fuels. That dichotomy has the industry scrambling to sell alternative vehicles and buyers making choices that seemed impractical just a short time ago.

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Menasha Corp. Acquires PearceWellwood

January 13, 2015 10:03 am | by Menasha Corporation | News | Comments

Menasha Corporation announces that it has acquired PearceWellwood Inc. of Brampton, Ontario. The family-owned business will operate as part of Menasha Packaging Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Menasha Corporation.           

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Demand & Supply Chain Planning Solution Launched

January 13, 2015 9:56 am | by DynaSys | Product Releases | Comments

DynaSys, a division of QAD Inc., has announced the launch of DynaSys DSCP 2015, the latest version of its demand and supply chain planning solution.

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The Next Housing Solution Could Be 3D Printing

January 12, 2015 1:15 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

What Wikipedia did for information, Alastair Parvin and his colleagues hope the WikiHouse Foundation will do for house building by opening up architectural design plans to everyone and allowing people to 3D print materials to build a house.   

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Q&A: Communications On The Factory Floor

January 12, 2015 1:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, discusses why purpose-built devices might be better than smartphones to run a successful manufacturing business.           

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Volvo Plans To Export Chinese-Made Cars To The U.S.

January 12, 2015 12:47 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

With all of this great news for the auto industry in the U.S. market, it’s no wonder why car companies are expanding production in North America. But at least one company plans to do business a little differently.           

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5 Essential ERP Needs Custom ETO Manufacturers Should Consider

January 12, 2015 11:41 am | by Jean Magny | Articles | Comments

Custom engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturers have unique process requirements throughout their manufacturing lifecycle. The communication between departments, or lack-there-of, can cause bottlenecks, affecting the growth potential of small to medium-size manufacturers.

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Obama Seeks Laws On Data Hacking, Student Privacy

January 12, 2015 10:35 am | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked.                               

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Volkswagen, Ford Take Top Awards In Detroit

January 12, 2015 10:32 am | by Jeff Karoub & Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Ford took the top truck honor for its aluminum F-150 truck Monday at the Detroit Auto Show alongside the Volkswagen Golf, which was named car of the year.                           

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Nitrogen Leak At LG Factory Kills 2, Sickens Others

January 12, 2015 10:24 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its factory north of Seoul.                                     

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Convertibles Poised To Make A Comeback

January 12, 2015 10:19 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Americans are ready to let their tops down and feel the wind blow through their hair. That's the feeling among automakers as they roll out new convertible models at a time when many consumers are gaining confidence in the economy and have more money to spend on less-practical big-ticket items thanks to juicy stock market returns.

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Shire To Buy Specialty Drugmaker NPS Pharma

January 12, 2015 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Irish drugmaker Shire PLC said Sunday it will pay $5.2 billion to acquire NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc., which specializes in drugs for rare conditions.                             

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Budvar Beer Exports Reach High In 2014

January 12, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Czech state-owned brewery Budejovicky Budvar, which has been fighting a long legal battle with U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch, says its overall output and exports reached record highs in 2014.                 

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