Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday urged Toyota Motor Corp. to continue manufacturing cars in the country, a day after General Motors Co. announced it would follow Ford Motor Co. in ceasing production here due to high costs, market fragmentation and fierce competition.
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On the second day of talks between Boeing Commercial Airplanes officials and Machinists union leaders, the union said Wednesday it presented a preliminary proposal for a contract that would mean much of the work on the company's new 777X jet would be done in the Puget Sound region.
A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.
October U.S. cutting tool consumption totaled $176 million, according to the U.S. Cutting Tool Institute and AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the Cutting Tool Market Report (CTMR) collaboration, was up 13.1 percent from September’s total but down 5.8 percent from October 2012.
Ford Motor Company has recently announced that it is piloting new software from Siemens that enables it to virtually "swoop in" to any assembly plant and navigate around the floor. The company hopes this new development will help its employees improve global collaboration and share best practices between various assembly lines.
Unlike other frameworks or standards, CMMI isn’t a compliance exercise, and doesn’t require adherence to a particular methodology, such as Six Sigma or Lean. It’s methodologically agnostic, which means that rather on focusing on how to do something, it focuses on what needs to be done.
About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.
A judge gave preliminary approval Tuesday to failed electric-vehicle maker Fisker Automotive's description of its proposed bankruptcy plan, despite expressing concerns that the bankruptcy case was moving too rapidly.
Texas-based Bell Helicopter says it is building a helicopter assembly plant in Lafayette to assemble the company's new line of SLS — Short Light Single — helicopters. The project, announced Tuesday by Gov. Bobby Jindal and Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison, will bring the first modern-era aircraft assembly facility to Lafayette Regional Airport.
U.S. Senate and House negotiators are planning to provide as much as $90 million to keep the production line running at an Ohio tank manufacturing plant.The money for the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center is included in the defense bill, which could get congressional approval as early as this week.
General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017, with nearly 2,900 jobs to be lost, because of high production costs and competition.The decision could spell the end of car manufacturing in Australia as the industry will be too small for supporting businesses such as parts makers to remain economic.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to sign legislation that would offer up to $1.7 billion in tax breaks to Boeing Co. over more than two decades to entice the aerospace company to bring the production of its 777X jetliner to the state.
While most every company does everything in its power to ensure that safe, comfortable place to work, accidents do happen. Even though they’re tragic, and perhaps could have been prevented, they teach critical lessons in the never-ending chase to make manufacturing — an inherently dangerous business — safer than ever.
U.S. wholesale businesses boosted their stockpiles in October by the most in two years as their sales rose sharply, encouraging signs for economic growth in the final three months of the year.Wholesale stockpiles grew 1.4 percent in October, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.
While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space. But that didn't stop Whirlpool from testing the technology, with re-writable surface tags, to display crucial information about a rack at-a-glance or display errors when something goes wrong.
General Motors product development chief Mary Barra has been named the company's new CEO, the first female head of a U.S. car company.Barra, 51, will replace Dan Akerson on Jan. 15. Barra currently holds what many say is the most important job in the company — senior vice president for global product development.
Wichita-based Koch Industries Inc. has completed its $7.2 billion purchase of an Illinois company that makes electronic components and cables. Koch says it is paying $38.50 per Molex Inc. share in cash, plus 18 cents per share, representing a pro-rata portion of the regular quarterly cash dividend.
Chipmakers Rambus and Micron Technology said Tuesday that they signed a broad patent license agreement and settled all of the patent disputes between them. The news sent shares of Rambus Inc. up $1.17, or 14 percent, to $9.70 in premarket trading. Shares of Micron technology Inc. rose 28 cents to $23.40.
Beech-Nut is selling its former baby food production plant in the Mohawk Valley to a company specializing in the rehabilitation of old industrial buildings.Local media outlets report that the Lenzburg, Switzerland-based Hero Group, Beech-Nut's parent company, closed last Friday on a deal selling the facility to TD Development LLC.
Global defense contractor BAE Systems PLC says it us cutting 135 jobs at its York facility over the next three months. The company said Monday that the York plant is nearing the lowest production levels in its 30-plus year history.
A German engineering company has agreed to pay a $32 million fine as part of an agreement to settle charges it worked with a Texas company to bribe Nigerian officials in order to win a $387 million pipeline contract.
Shares of General Motors Co. hit their highest level Monday since returning to the public stock markets three years ago as investors anticipated the U.S. government selling its remaining stake in the company.
One of the biggest stories on Manufacturing.net was one that took quite a while to bake, as it were, completely through: the bankruptcy, and subsequent sale, of Hostess Brands, Inc., maker of the Twinkie and Wonder Bread. The initial news actually came out more than a year ago, when Hostess announced it was going out of business, laying off 18,500 employees and putting its brands up for sale.
European air and defense company EADS is cutting 5,800 jobs over the next two years as part of a major overhaul and cost-cutting plan.The company said Monday in a statement that the jobs would be eliminated from its corporate and space and defense divisions by the end of 2016.
The 30-year agreement promises that any changes to Oregon's corporate tax structure won't affect Intel Corp. The chipmaker secured the agreement in exchange for an expansion it announced in October 2012. The company is spending $500 million to expand a semiconductor plant in Hillsboro and must create at least 500 jobs to get the tax guarantee.
The packaging company WhiteWave Foods is buying the organic food maker Earthbound Farm for about $600 million. Earthbound, best known for its organic packaged salads, is expected to have 2013 sales of more than $500 million. It also produces organic fruits and vegetables, frozen fruits and vegetables and dried fruits and snacks.
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