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ACC Slams Federal Agency Over Proposed Phthalate Ban

February 23, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council has asked federal regulators to extend the comment period for proposed restrictions on phthalates in children’s toys, arguing they would set an "irresponsible and scientifically unsound precedent" for future chemical...

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Daicel To Build Replacement Parts Amid Takata Recalls

February 23, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Daicel Corp. said Friday it will build a second U.S. factory next year, as the Japanese chemical manufacturer expands operations to supply replacement parts for vehicles recalled globally for potentially defective air bags made by Takata Corp. Daicel will bring forward initial...

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Highlights From The History Of Flight

February 23, 2015 9:59 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

The airplane was still barely a teenager when the United States entered World War I, and the U.S. Army’s fledgling aeronautical division wanted to make its airplanes fly higher without losing power. Sanford Moss, a GE engineer and one of the brightest minds in the steam turbine business, had an idea. He and his team designed a device...

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NAM: Ports Agreement Staves Off Economic Disaster

February 23, 2015 9:36 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | Articles | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement on the contract agreement between the Pacific Maritime Association and International Longshore and Warehouse Union: “For months, the NAM has pressed the Obama Administration, Congress and the...

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Stronger Dollar To Increase Trade Deficit, Hamper Manufacturing Growth

February 23, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A manufacturing group predicts the U.S. industrial sector will grow at a faster rate than the national economy as a whole during the next two years. Further manufacturing growth, however, is likely to be hampered by further increases in the nation's trade...

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Meet Manufacturing.net's New Editor

February 23, 2015 9:21 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Greetings all. I’m delighted to join you as the new Editor for Manufacturing.net; I am truly thrilled to be joining such a wonderful team. As Editor, I’m ready to examine and explore the intricacies of the manufacturing sector through a journalistic lens. My priority will be to deliver insightful, thought-provoking pieces and to craft and publish stories that will...

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Apple Invests $1.9B In Data Hubs

February 23, 2015 7:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple says it's investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, its largest such project in Europe to date. The hubs will power Apple Inc.'s online services, including iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri...

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Honda To Replace President Following Air Bag Fiasco

February 23, 2015 5:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co., the Japanese automaker at the center of an air-bag defect scandal, said Monday its president Takanobu Ito will step aside and be replaced by another Honda executive. The decision follows massive recalls by Honda of vehicles equipped with air bags made by Japan's Takata Corp. that...

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Surging Dollar Takes Bite From U.S. Corporate Profits

February 21, 2015 1:14 am | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The biggest obstacle for Coca-Cola and Pepsi these days isn't tied to taste tests, the declining popularity of sugary drinks or even their century-long rivalry. It's the surging U.S. dollar. The two soda giants rely on overseas customers for roughly half of their revenue. When they turned in...

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Two Sides In Port Dispute Race Against Deadline

February 20, 2015 3:20 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With a Friday deadline looming, negotiators labored to reach a deal in a contract dispute that has snarled international trade at seaports from Southern California to Seattle. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez told dockworkers and their employers that if they cannot find common ground in...

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Apple Goes Full Speed Ahead On Electric Car

February 20, 2015 3:14 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Apple is said to push production of an electric car that would hit the market in 2020. Bloomberg’s Jeff Greene reports on Apple’s progress and examines interest in the electric car market. He speaks on “In The Loop.”      

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Attack On Sugars, Caffeine Has Beverage Makers Upset With Dietary Committee

February 20, 2015 3:02 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

For the first time in history, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee is considering putting limitations on added sugars, noting its continued problem for younger people especially. But the American Beverage Association is not so keen on some of the recommended...

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WI Lawmakers To Vote On Right-To-Work Bill

February 20, 2015 2:59 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Wisconsin Legislature is planning to vote on a bill that would make it the country's 25th "right-to-work" state. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald had previously said lawmakers would take up right-to-work -- which prohibits requiring employees to join a union -- early in the current session after...

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TransCanada To Seek US Approval For $600M Upland Pipeline

February 20, 2015 2:55 pm | by Blake Nicholson, James MacPherson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Canadian company behind the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline will seek U.S. State Department approval for another pipeline — this one going north. TransCanada Corp.'s proposed $600 million Upland Pipeline would begin in northwestern North Dakota and go north into...

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IoT, Automation And Supply Chain Sentience: Q&A With Sean Riley

February 20, 2015 2:31 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers have heard about how Internet of Things movement can generate, store and analyze data points, but the future of IoT is even more exciting. Sean Riley, the Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Solutions Director at Software AG, recently released his list of supply chain and manufacturing predictions...

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Honda Cuts Production At Two Plants, Citing Port Dispute

February 20, 2015 2:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Honda Motor Company has announced extended production cuts at plants in Indiana and Canada amid continued shipping delays on the West Coast. The Japanese automaker had previously announced a 20,000-vehicle production cut at its North American plants between Feb. 16 and Feb. 23. The company said...

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Recalls Of The Week: Eat Cumin With Caution

February 20, 2015 1:23 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Food news dominated recall headlines. On Wednesday, the FDA issued an alert for cumin spice that might contain unlabeled traces of peanuts. The peanuts-in-your-cumin problem is not new—Adams Foods issued a recall in December, and Whole Foods and Goya Foods issued recalls earlier...

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U.S. To Fine Takata $14K Per Day

February 20, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government says it will fine Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 per day for failing to fully cooperate in an investigation. Takata's air bag inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least six people have been killed worldwide due...

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Study Finds Healthier Options Are No Match For Junk Food Cravings

February 20, 2015 10:05 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

While the food market may contain more fruits, veggies and other healthy options than ever before, a new study says the world is still hungry for junk food. The study, which was paid for by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Britain's Medical Research Council, was published in the Lancet Global Health journal as part of an ongoing obesity...

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Five Facts On Girl Scout Cookie Production

February 20, 2015 9:54 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Girl Scout Cookie manufacturing practices ensure your favorite cookies are safe, sustainable, and scrumptious.                        

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