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Obama Administration Asks Senate Panel For Trade Negotiation Authority

January 27, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

The White House's top trade official said Congress should update laws regulating trade negotiations amid ongoing talks with Pacific Rim nations. In testimony before the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman vowed to work with Congress to secure "bipartisan support" for Trade...

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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 | 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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Report: Governments Should Phase Out Emphasis On Bioenergy

January 30, 2015 3:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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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Pipeline Expansion Through Wisconsin Would Be Larger Than Keystone

January 30, 2015 2:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A Canadian energy distributor hopes to dramatically expand a pipeline carrying crude oil across the state of Wisconsin — increasing its capacity beyond that of the far more publicized Keystone pipeline. But concerns over the company's safety record and the consequences of a potential spill have stalled the project...

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Sale Of Bucksport Mill To Canadian Recycler Finalized

January 30, 2015 2:23 pm | by The Associated Press | 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 | 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 | 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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Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: Internet of Things

January 30, 2015 12:41 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

This probably comes as no surprise, but Manufacturing.net’s #1 Top Technology Shaping Manufacturing in 2015 is the Internet of Things movement. In 2015, the Internet of Things movement will become more widespread, more advanced, and more secure than ever before. Just how widespread will the IoT be in...

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LA Firm Plans To Sell Albemarle Plant In PA

January 30, 2015 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | 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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Pipeline Ruptures Plague Oil And Gas Industry

January 30, 2015 9:37 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | 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 | 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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Senate Passes Bill Approving Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

January 29, 2015 5:25 pm | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | 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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Tech Advances Lower Chance That Driver Will Die In Crash

January 29, 2015 2:38 pm | by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press | 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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Bias Complaints At Daimler Portland Plant Settled For $2.4M

January 29, 2015 2:32 pm | by Steven Dubois, The Associated Press | Comments

Daimler Trucks North America has settled discrimination complaints filed by six workers at its Portland plant by agreeing to pay $2.4 million. The complaints against the subsidiary of German automotive giant Daimler AG included an allegation that an employee threatened a black worker with a noose...

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Fed Sees Strengthening Economy, Stays 'Patient' On Rates

January 29, 2015 2:32 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

The Federal Reserve's outlook for the U.S. economy is steadily brightening. Yet the Fed will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. That was the dual message the central bank sent Wednesday in a statement it issued after its latest policy meeting. Why is no rate hike likely soon? The main reason, the Fed suggested in...

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Top 5 Technologies Shaping 2015: 3D Printing

January 29, 2015 2:25 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

3D printing is a huge trend in manufacturing, because it essentially is manufacturing. In many manufacturing-related sectors, 3D printing is quickly becoming a game changer because is fast, cheap, and completely customizable. Many have high expectations for 3D printing in the near future...

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Union: General Motors Must Decide What Happens To Oshawa Plant

January 29, 2015 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The union representing auto workers at General Motors' Oshawa, Ont., plant says the company must decide now what will happen to its operations there instead of waiting until after the next contract negotiations. Unifor is responding to a statement by the automaker, which said the company would not make...

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Industry Group: Medical Device Tax Led To Thousands Of Job Cuts

January 29, 2015 12:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Comments

A recent survey conducted by a medical technology trade group blames a tax on medical devices for about 18,500 industry job cuts in the last two years. The Advanced Medical Technology Association said the tax -- which was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act to generate revenue for the law -- resulted in 4,500 job...

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