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Every week, we cover the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week:
United Auto Workers were picketing outside a Flint-area General Motors plant when they were struck by a vehicle leaving the plant.
Launch Technologies in Taiwan was fined the equivalent of $75,000 on Monday for storing 30 times the legal limit of hazardous material and other violations after a major factory fire killed nine people and left one other missing.
Toyota recently unveiled a prototype of its new gigacasting equipment that can produce a third of a car body in about three minutes.
Alumacraft parent company BRP, which bought the company in 2018, announced it will lay off 68 workers at a U.S. plant.
China is responsible for the production of 80% of the world’s gallium and about 60% of germanium and it just cut off access for the U.S.
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Lego "decided not to progress" with making bricks out of PET. It turns out that two years of testing "found the material didn't reduce carbon emissions."
UPS to Hire 100k Holiday Workers - @56:37
UPS plans to hire more than 100,000 workers — at higher pay than a year ago — to help with the holiday rush this season, in line with hiring the previous three years.
Honda’s latest project sees the automaker partnering with its local dealer associations to produce small, electric ride-on vehicles that will be distributed to children’s hospitals throughout the U.S.
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