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Report: U.S. Manufacturing Trade Deficit Sets Record

November 9, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report suggests that the nation’s trade deficit in manufacturing hit a record high in September.


Report: New York Attorney General Investigates Exxon Mobil Over Climate Claims

November 9, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The New York attorney general's office this week began looking into Exxon Mobil regarding the energy giant's statements on climate change.


Weyerhaeuser Buys Plum Creek In $8.44B Timber Deal

November 9, 2015 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Weyerhaeuser Co. is buying Plum Creek Timber Co. for $8.44 billion to form what is expected to be one of the world's biggest timberland and forest products companies.


Report: Manufacturing Mergers Down In Third Quarter

November 9, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

​Mergers and acquisitions in the industrial manufacturing sector declined in the third quarter, according to the latest analysis from PwC US.


Report: ConAgra's Omaha Layoffs Begin In Earnest

November 9, 2015 9:23 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A wave of previously announced layoffs at ConAgra's headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, is set to begin this week.


Manufacturing Minute: A Monstrous Smart Device For Your Wrist

November 6, 2015 10:44 am | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, the phablet of the smartwatch world is just months away from breaking your wrist. 


Engineering Newswire: Designing The Next Gen Hypersonic Aircraft

November 6, 2015 10:31 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at controlling robotic arms with our eyes, sketching massive prototypes with the Protopiper and designing aircraft that withstand hypersonic flight.


Inside A Bond Villain's Car

November 6, 2015 10:26 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Take a look inside the orange Jaguar C-X75 concept car that the villain uses to chase down James Bond in the new film, Spectre. Alanna Petroff reports on how the car snagged a starring role in the movie.


The Dealer – Customer, Employee Or Partner?

November 6, 2015 10:10 am | by Lou Washington | Articles | Comments

How do you maximize results from your indirect sales channel?


Toyota Invests $1B In Artificial Intelligence In U.S.

November 6, 2015 9:42 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota is investing $1 billion in a research company it's setting up in Silicon Valley to develop artificial intelligence and robotics, underlining the Japanese automaker's determination to lead in futuristic cars that drive themselves and apply the technology to other areas of daily life.


Apple, Supplier Reach Settlement On Sapphire Partnership

November 6, 2015 9:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A company contracted to provide advanced smartphone screens to Apple will sell some of its equipment at auction later this month as part of a settlement with the tech giant.


Japan Airbag Maker Takata Reports $46M Loss

November 6, 2015 9:35 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Embattled Takata Corp. reported a half-year loss of 5.6 billion yen ($45.8 million) on Friday due to recall costs, as Toyota announced it would stop using Takata airbag inflators at the center of the company's massive product safety scandal.


Secretive Faraday Future Announces Plans For Electric Car Factory

November 6, 2015 9:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Mysterious electric vehicle startup Faraday Future this week announced plans to build a billion-dollar factory in order to begin producing cars in 2017.


AstraZeneca Acquires ZS Pharma In $2.7B Deal

November 6, 2015 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anglo-Swedish drug firm AstraZeneca has acquired U.S.-based biopharmaceutical company ZS Pharma in a deal worth $2.7 billion.


Guinness To Remove Fish Bladders From Brewing Process

November 6, 2015 9:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

One of the world's iconic beers is about to tweak its recipe, but it's unlikely that anyone but strict vegetarians will notice much.


U.S. Threatens To Impose Trade Sanctions On South Africa

November 6, 2015 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is threatening to impose trade sanctions on South Africa for blocking imports of meat from the United States.


Manufacturing Minute: A Hybrid Engine Designed For Space Flight

November 5, 2015 11:59 am | by Bethe Croy, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, a hybrid engine for a reusable hypersonic space plane. 


The 'Meat Men' Behind The Country's Best Cuts

November 5, 2015 11:55 am | by Forbes | Videos | Comments

Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors supplies the country's best restaurants with beef, pork, lamb, veal and sausage. Now in its 3rd generation, the company counts Mario Batali and Shake Shack among its most illustrious clientele. 


Did Toyota Make A Worthy Contender For Tesla’s Model S?

November 5, 2015 11:52 am | by Fortune Magazine | Videos | Comments

Sue Callaway gives the hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered Mirai a full review.


Time For The Startup Nation To Focus On Scale Up

November 5, 2015 11:44 am | by Elisabeth B. Reynolds, Ph.D. & William Shih, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

New legislation has been introduced that calls for the creation of a public-private fund which helps private investment firms to leverage government funds to invest in innovative startups that are building new production facilities in the U.S. Here's a look at the two problems this policy response is trying to address.



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