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Senate Passes Bill Approving Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

January 29, 2015 | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment. The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, and...

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Shell Says It Will Drill Off AK If It Can Get Permits

January 30, 2015 5:17 pm | by Dan Joling, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell PLC will move forward with drilling off Alaska's northwest coast if it can obtain permits it needs and drill safely, its chief executive officer said Thursday. Speaking in London on the company's fourth-quarter earnings, Ben van Beurden said Shell will move forward with its plan to use two drill vessels...

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Infographic: Manufacturing 2015 Outlook

January 30, 2015 4:36 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technnology | Articles | Comments

The experts have weighed in, and here's what we can expect to influence the manufacturing sector in 2015 and beyond, including topics like energy, employment, globalization, revenues, profitability, and more...       

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Report: Governments Should Phase Out Emphasis On Bioenergy

January 30, 2015 3:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A report released by a global research group recommends that governments cease most attempts to bolster bioenergy production, arguing they "undercut efforts to combat climate change and to achieve a sustainable food future." The analysis by the Washington, D.C.-based World Resources Institute said dedicating property that...

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TX Man May Be Latest Victim Of Exploding Airbags

January 30, 2015 2:57 pm | by Tom Krisher, Juan A. Lozano, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety regulators are looking into the death of a Texas man who may be the latest victim of exploding automobile airbags made by Takata Corp. of Japan. The man, identified by authorities as Carlos Solis, 35, died in a low-speed crash in the Houston area when an airbag inflated and sent shrapnel into his...

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Q&A: The Changing Engineering And R&D Landscape

January 30, 2015 2:51 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | News | Comments

Senior Vice President of Engineering and R&D Services of HCL, Sukamal Banerjee took some time to speak with IMPO about the demand of engineering and R&D services both domestically and abroad. Banerjee explains the in’s-and-outs of the factors driving demand, to changes in the industry and...

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Continental Concludes Veyance Acquisition Following Approval By Brazilian Antitrust Authority

January 30, 2015 2:45 pm | by Continental | News | Comments

Continental has concluded its acquisition of the U.S. rubber company Veyance Technologies Inc, of Fairlawn, Ohio, on January 30. On January 29, the Brazilian antitrust authority CADE (Council for Economic Defence) cleared the transaction with certain conditions, thus providing the approvals necessary for...

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Sale Of Bucksport Mill To Canadian Recycler Finalized

January 30, 2015 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The sale of a shuttered Bucksport mill to a Canadian metal recycler is complete. Verso Paper Corp. spokesman Bill Cohen said that the sale to AIM Development closed on Thursday. A union representing some workers at the mill had filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the sale and open a way for a...

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Recalls Of The Week: A Bad Week For Cars And SUVs

January 30, 2015 2:22 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The recalls of the week were centered on the automotive and food manufacturing industries. It was a particularly bad week for cars and SUVs. Nissan announced two major recalls on Wednesday. The first Nissan recall covers over 552,000 Rogue SUVs from 2008 through 2013. The reason for the recall is a possible leak...

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Numbers Show Mixed Economy, Rising Consumer Confidence

January 30, 2015 12:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Year-end reports issued by federal officials show an improving economy, though growth remains slow and not without its hiccups. A new poll, however, says U.S. consumers are feeling better about the economy than at any point in the last decade. Both the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Commerce Department's Bureau...

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CSB Urges OSHA For Combustible Dust Regulations In Wake Of Ink Plant Fire Report

January 30, 2015 10:25 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

It took just minutes for a flash fire near a bag dump station inside a New Jersey ink plant to set off an orange fireball that engulfed seven workers. All of the workers were burned, one of them seriously. Now, after releasing its report of the incident, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is blaming outdated combustible dust...

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LA Firm Plans To Sell Albemarle Plant In PA

January 30, 2015 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Louisiana chemical company plans to sell a central Pennsylvania plant that makes fertilizer additives and other products. The Albemarle Corp. plant in Tyrone will be sold along with another in South Haven, Michigan. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana firm tells the Altoona Mirror (...

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As Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Efforts Fall Behind

January 30, 2015 10:20 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

On the whole, it’s been another good year for plastic manufacturing. In 2013, global plastic production was up to 299 million tons — a 4 percent increase from the previous year. The rise is part of a continuous growth trend that has lasted since 1950. In fact, according to a Vital Signs report from the Worldwatch Institute, plastics...

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GE Jet Engines Will Power The Next Air Force One

January 30, 2015 10:16 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Future U.S. presidents will get a big new plane with the big new job. The U.S. Air Force has announced that Boeing’s next-generation 747-8 passenger jet, powered by GE engines, will replace the existing version of presidential plane popularly known as Air Force One. “The presidential aircraft is one of the most visible symbols of the...

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Compensation Rises At Fastest Pace Since Recession

January 30, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

U.S. workers saw their pay and benefits rise at the fastest rate since 2008 last year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. But the increase still lagged the type of growth that usually accompanies a fully healthy economy, according to reports. The department said its measure of worker compensation -- called the employment...

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Pipeline Ruptures Plague Oil And Gas Industry

January 30, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

It's been a rough start to 2015 for safety concerns at pipelines transporting oil, natural gas or their byproducts throughout the country. This week, a pipe in West Virginia became at least the fifth to rupture so far this year, exacerbating concerns about structural weaknesses and lax oversight in the...

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BP To Sell Part Of Its Gulf Of Mexico Stake To Chevron

January 30, 2015 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BP is selling part of its stake in an emerging oil-producing region in the Gulf of Mexico to Chevron, and the two companies, along with Conoco Phillips, will work to develop the fields together. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The joint-development agreement is a way for the companies to try to reduce the...

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Tips On Purchasing From Chinese Manufacturing Companies

January 29, 2015 5:19 pm | by Russell Kelly, President of APC Filtration, Inc | Articles | Comments

If you are a small or medium size enterprise (SME) planning on purchasing products from China, this brief summary based on the experiences of a client of ours will help you understand what you need to know. Since 1990, global Tier 1 companies have led a Buy from China movement for components and finished products, which has...

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FAA Deems Super Bowl 'No Drone Zone'

January 29, 2015 4:51 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The FAA announced in a public statement that they will allow absolutely zero drones to fly at the Super Bowl. An ad on the policy says, “Going to the big game? Have fun, cheer on your team, and keep it a ‘No Drone Zone.’ Don’t spoil the game. Leave your drone at home. #nodronezone.” The FAA statement explains, “The FAA will establish...

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New Safety Reports Show Cars Are Safer Than Ever Before

January 29, 2015 2:43 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Videos | Comments

With all the news of recalls it is understandable that some would believe that cars are not as safe as they used to be. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is here to say that those concerns are actually quite unfounded, cars are safer now than they have ever been. The institute tested more than three dozen vehicles...

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Tech Advances Lower Chance That Driver Will Die In Crash

January 29, 2015 2:38 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years, and nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Improved vehicle designs and safety technology have a lot to do with the...

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