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Two Koreas Offer Glimpse Of Joint Industrial Zone

June 22, 2006 1:15 am | News | Comments

Despite concerns about North Korea's nuclear intentions, both countries show off sprawling facility to would-be foreign investors.

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eBay: It 's Not Just for Beanie Babies; Buying and Selling Manufacturing Products on eBay Business

June 21, 2006 11:39 pm | by Anita LaFond, News Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Business & Industrial segment produced $1.9 billion in gross merchandise volume in the first quarter.

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OPINION: Latest Nuke Survey: Surveys Don't Matter

June 21, 2006 9:27 pm | Articles | Comments

As if we needed more evidence that nuclear energy is a divisive issue. Recently, two surveys were unveiled on the same day – within nine minutes of each other, no less - attempting to put into perspective how Americans feel about the use of nukes for power.

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U.S., EU Officials Look Forward To Next Week's Key WTO Meetings

June 21, 2006 7:46 am | News | Comments

Obstacles remain, but Bush says he's committed to successful round in Geneva.

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Corn Growers Oppose Lifting Import Tariff On Ethanol

June 21, 2006 4:00 am | Articles | Comments

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and American Corn Growers Association (ACGA), along with the Farm Bureau and the Renewable Fuels Association, are opposing efforts by House leaders and the Bush administration to suspend import tariffs on ethanol in an effort to reduce prices of ethanol.

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RFID and Mobility in Manufacturing

June 21, 2006 4:00 am | by by Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten; Web Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The key to warehouse efficiency in manufacturing is mobility, according to Kevin Prouty, Sr. Director, Manufacturing Solutions, at Symbol Technologies, Inc.

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Japan To Lift Ban On U.S. Beef Imports

June 21, 2006 3:58 am | News | Comments

Pending inspections of meat processing plants, U.S. ranchers can re-enter $1.4 billion Japanese market.

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DuPont, BP To Introduce Biobutanol Next-Generation Fuel in 2007

June 21, 2006 2:42 am | News | Comments

Biofuels projected to be up to 30 percent of the transport fuel mix in key markets.

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DuPont, BP To Introduce Biobutanol Next-Generation Fuel in 2007

June 21, 2006 2:42 am | News | Comments

Biofuels projected to be up to 30% of the transport fuel mix in key markets

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Quietflex To Open New Plant In Florida

June 21, 2006 2:32 am | News | Comments

Quietflex Manufacturing Co. L.P., a division of Goodman Global, Inc. has announced that it is expanding its operations with the addition of a new 65,100-square-foot manufacturing facility in Groveland, Fla.

Nanosolar Plans World's Largest Solar Cell Factory

June 21, 2006 2:18 am | News | Comments

San Francisco plant could produce 200 million solar cells a year; company also plans assembly plant in Berlin.

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NRG Plans $16 Billion In Power-Generation Development

June 21, 2006 1:49 am | News | Comments

Investment will include two nuclear and coal units, as well as wind power.

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Accidental Shutdown At Nova Chemical Plant Will Cut Earnings By $11 Million

June 21, 2006 1:40 am | News | Comments

Ontario plant should be running full-speed in two weeks. Company declares force Majeure on propylene, crude C4s, and other pipeline-delivered co-products.

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Study Questions U.S. Benefits Of A Successful Doha Agreement

June 21, 2006 12:58 am | News | Comments

Successful round would only increase real income in U.S. by 0.1% in 2015, World Bank says.

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Tough Times On The Horizon For Auto Workers

June 20, 2006 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

The United Auto Workers (UAW) work to increase membership while GM attempts an 11th-hour resolution at a Portugal-based plant.

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New Report Calls Chemical Plants Safer, But Are They Safe Enough?

June 20, 2006 8:00 pm | by Lisa Arrigo | Articles | Comments

A report released yesterday says hundreds of chemical plants have replaced hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives, but not everyone is satisfied by these results.

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Find A Hidden Treasure In Manufacturing

June 20, 2006 8:00 pm | by Bill Schneiderman, CEO of The Results Group | Articles | Comments

Many companies today believe their manufacturing operations have been optimized and do not realize the hidden profitability that can be discovered. While many companies look to offshore manufacturing in China to increase profitability, there is still profitability treasure in manufacturing here in the United States.

A Realistic Strategy for Integrating Plant Systems

June 20, 2006 8:00 pm | by by David Orr, Vice President of Technology, DPSI | Articles | Comments

There’s an increasing push from top management to integrate plant systems, CMMS/EAM software, and other business systems such as those in payroll, purchasing, finance, etc. In addition, there’s a growing desire for communication between systems on the plant floor.

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How Not to Ruin Your PLM Process

June 20, 2006 8:00 pm | by Bryan Seyfarth | Articles | Comments

Recently, the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) teamed up with product management expert Robert Cooper to complete a cross-industry study on best practices in product innovation. Seventy-four percent of the companies participating in the study said that they have a formal process in place for developing new products. However, nearly half admitted that their process is not being used. What can your company do to avoid this fate?

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UAW Chief Says Unions Have To Adjust To Changing Market

June 20, 2006 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Union members also say national elections will be key.

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