On April 24, the Rana Plaza, an eight-story commercial building in Savar collapsed, leaving hundreds dead and many more trapped within the rubble. Survivors said the building had cracked severely the day before, and that police had ordered an evacuation, but there was no action on the factory’s management.
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The privately owned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has experienced several technical issues this year and two attempts to launch on Thanksgiving were aborted. SpaceX says it will try again in a few days to launch the 7,000-pound satellite into geostationary orbit.
A FabLab can be understood as a physical space with tools and machines for digital fabrication; a community of people that collaborate and share some values and capabilities; and a node in a global network that seeks a balance between being completely independent and local and being completely coordinated and global. Each of these three different natures is important and cannot be taken alone.
Fitesta Simpsonville, Inc., today announced its plans to expand its existing Greenville Country facility to significantly increase production capacity for its spunmelt nonwoven hygiene products. The company says its $50 million investment, which will remodel the 190,000-square-foot facility, will create at least 32 new jobs.
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that Caesarstone is planning to invest between $70 million and $100 million in the new plant in Richmond Hill — about 20 miles southwest of Savannah. Deal says the company will import raw materials to make new countertops, and will export the finished products from Georgia's ports.
GT Advanced Technologies Inc. shares soared in extended trading Monday after it struck a multi-year supply agreement with Apple Inc. for sapphire material. GT will also own and operate the equipment to produce the material at an Apple facility in Arizona. It expects the Apple deal will add to its earnings per share in 2014.
After decades of outsourcing, the resurgence in domestic manufacturing is now America’s favorite comeback story. Factors that once drove companies overseas — including labor and energy costs — are no longer considered insurmountable obstacles. Yet one troubling trend could signal a major complication for returning manufacturers: our nation’s increasing reliance on unstable supply chains of imported minerals.
Hoku, which filed for bankruptcy protection in July, began building what was supposed to be a $370 million plant in 2007 to make polysilicon material destined to be used in solar panels. But the plant never opened. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jim Pappas last week issued the order approving the sale.
A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans didn't indicate how soon it would rule after hearing arguments Wednesday by lawyers for Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. and a group of Virginia homeowners who sued the foreign company.
While the booming era of “going green” and “sustainability” in manufacturing has come and gone over the last few years, there are still innovative manufacturers that are working hard to reduce their impact on the environment. Interface Inc. has taken those efforts to another level with a program that not only utilizes recycled materials, but also helps impoverished farmers across the globe make a better living.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a new Interagency Agreement with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that will make it easier for manufacturers and transit agencies to identify domestically made products, such as rolling stock and other steel and iron components that comply with FTA’s “Buy America” rules.
Martin Engineering has announced its acquisition of Arizona-based TNJ Industries, which specializes in dust management for the crushing and conveying of mine materials. The purchasing company says the acquisition will strengthen its line of dust control products, giving customers more options when making an investment. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Metals maker Allegheny Technologies Inc. plans to sell its tungsten materials business for $605 million to Kennametal Inc. The Pittsburgh company said Monday that the deal gives it better financial flexibility as Allegheny Technologies, or ATI, focuses on growth opportunities in its high-performance metals and flat-rolled products segments.
Laser and optics manufacturer II-VI Inc. has acquired the semiconductor laser business of Oclaro Inc. for $92 million. Oclaro's shares jumped 30 percent to $1.38 before the opening bell Thursday. II-VI is acquiring semiconductor laser technology used in laser system products for material processing, medical, consumer and fiber optic communications.
Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Thursday that W&B Fabricators Inc. will invest $3.1 million in the operation. The company has operated in Mercer County, W.Va., for more than 24 years and provides services to major coal operators throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.
The Game, founded in 1986 by Neil Stillwell, owns manufacturing operations in Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador, and sourced a great deal of product from China and Vietnam. Amid a noticeable demand for a home-grown product, they decided to reconsider the cost picture of producing goods locally.
Fives has announced its acquisition of MAG Americas by bringing onboard three more of its brands — Cincinnati, Giddings & Lewis and Forest-Liné. The company says its recent purchase will help it strengthen its position in aerospace, renewable energy and mining equipment by increasing its capacity to manufacture the high-precision machine tools used to manufacture complex or high-performance equipment.
The ExOne Company has announced that it is adding iron infiltrated with bronze as a new 3D printing material, in addition to an increase in its suite of binder solutions for its 3D printing process. The company hopes that its direct metal printing capabilities will increase opportunities in the industrial marketplace.
There's a rush in the U.S. to find key components of cellphones, televisions, weapons systems, wind turbines, MRI machines and the regenerative brakes in hybrid cars, and old mine tailings piles just might be the answer. They may contain a group of versatile minerals the periodic table called rare earth elements.
The government expects loan recipients "to purchase steel, iron and other manufactured goods produced in the United States for their projects," LaHood wrote in the two-page letter to the company, which was released by the agency Tuesday.
The survey found that almost half of the nearly 900 executives surveyed are still in the initial stages of their compliance efforts, while 16 percent have not yet begun gathering information, and 32 percent are still determining if the rule even applies to them.
Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR) is known in the aerospace and defense industries for providing propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense, strategic, tactical missile, and armaments sectors. The company recently partnered with NASA and successfully completed a series of hot-fire tests on a liquid-oxygen/gaseous hydrogen rocket injector assembly that was built using additive manufacturing technology.
NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne of West Palm Beach, Fla., recently finished testing a rocket engine injector made through additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing. This space technology demonstration may lead to more efficient manufacturing of rocket engines, saving American companies time and money.
Collier Research Corporation has released version 6.4.5 of its HyperSizer composite structural analysis and optimization software, which helps it run faster, and provides a reconfigured core technology with built-in “intelligence” that produces more accurate answers with less user input.
Continuing to lead the way in technology and advanced manufacturing, Ford Motor Company is developing a new form of manufacturing technology that has the potential to reduce costs and delivery time for sheet metal parts needed in smaller quantities.
A few weeks back we spoke with Kevin Duggan, Founder of the Institute for Operational Excellence and President of Duggan Associates, and heard a captivating story involving a very interesting organization. Well on today’s show we are excited to have the chance to finally speak with that organization.
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