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Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 13, 2014 11:15 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show ...

Hershey Wins Dow Jones Sustainability Award, North America Index

September 11, 2014 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hershey Company today announced that it has been selected to both the...

NFR BioEnergy Brings 450 Jobs To LA

September 9, 2014 11:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NFR BioEnergy is planning a $312 million capital investment to install biorefineries at more...

NFL Team Takes A Stand On Sustainable Food Manufacturing

September 8, 2014 6:12 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This former St. Louisan is beaming with pride at the new announcement that the STL Rams’ Edward...

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Fight Erupts Over New England's Natural Gas

September 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Stephen Singer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas. Plans by New England's governors and energy officials to expand natural gas in the six states have drawn fights in the past year among energy companies, environmentalists, and local and state...

2014 Global Brands From China Competition In Full Swing

September 5, 2014 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

While the 2014 FutureM Forum is approaching, "2014 Global Competitiveness Brands Top 10 from China" is in full swing. A total of 39 candidate companies participated in this activity organized by IDG, jointly demonstrating the branding power of Chinese companies to the world. They are all internationally renowned organizations including...

Hillary Clinton: U.S. Should Lead On Clean Energy

September 4, 2014 8:31 pm | by Ken Ritter - Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday called for the U.S. to become what she called the world's 21st-century clean energy superpower. In remarks Thursday at the annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Clinton credited northern Nevada's selection for...

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Biofuel Plant And Tesla Topics At Vegas Event

September 4, 2014 3:43 pm | by Ken Ritter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plans for a $5 billion Tesla automobile battery plant upstaged an announcement Thursday that a northern Nevada biofuel production plant would receive a federal loan guarantee for a little under 40 percent of its $266 million cost.Federal Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined...

Anheuser-Busch Converts To Natural Gas Vehicles

September 4, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ryder System, Inc., a leader in commercial fleet and supply chain solutions, announced today that it is partnering with Anheuser-Busch to replace the beer company’s 66 diesel tractor fleet in Houston with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered engines. This marks Anheuser-Busch’s first conversion of an entire fleet and represents...

Biopolymer Manufacturers Announce Name Change

September 3, 2014 5:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Following the merger of Meredian Inc., the world’s largest producer of PHA and DaniMer Scientific, an international corporation focusing on the development of sustainably produced, renewable, and biodegradable materials, the companies will operate under the name of their wholly owned subsidiary Meredian Holdings Group Inc., to be branded as...

How Manufacturers Are Adapting To Trends For The Urban Car

September 3, 2014 2:49 pm | by Chris Needes, Global Market Manager, Saint-Gobain | News | Comments

Much of the talk in the automotive industry in recent years has been about the rise of the urban car. Growing demand from consumers for these lightweight vehicles has been reported in Europe, the US, and the booming BRIC economies of Brazil, Russia, India, and China as well. As a result, car manufacturers worldwide are developing their own urban car models to tap into...

Nominations Open for 2015 Edison Awards

September 3, 2014 11:43 am | by Bridget Bergin | News | Comments

As of Monday, September 1st, nominations for the prestigious 2015 Edison Awards are open to various products and services. The Edison Awards "have recognized and honored some of the most innovative products and business leaders in the world and...

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Highpower Announces Shipment of Advanced Rechargeable Lithium Battery Solutions

September 3, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Highpower International, Inc. , a developer, manufacturer, and marketer of lithium and nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries and a battery management systems and battery recycling provider, has announced that it has started shipping its 4600 mAh lithium battery product developed for...

Dominion Resources and Duke Energy Propose $5B Natural Gas Pipeline

September 2, 2014 9:30 am | by Jonathan Fahey - AP Energy Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Dominion Resources, Duke Energy, and other partners are proposing a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Gas is being relied upon to generate more of the nation's electricity in recent years because...

California Lawmakers Pass First U.S. Plastic Bag Ban

August 30, 2014 3:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. SB270 cleared the Senate on a 22-15 vote on Friday, and it was approved by the Assembly a day earlier. Senators who had previously opposed the bill, including...

Microbrewery Chooses High-Content Recycled Cans

August 28, 2014 3:54 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Aluminum giant Novelis has partnered with Red Hare Brewing Company to introduce the first certified high-content recycled beverage can...                           

Reinventing The Wheel

August 28, 2014 3:43 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Chem.Info sat down with Thierry Materne, global vice president of Technology for SABIC's Innovative Plastics business, to talk about the development of the world's first thermoplastic wheel, a technology that has almost limitless potential to reduce emissions and save on manufacturing costs across multiple industries. There is a drive across the automotive industry to reduce the weight of components and systems...

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Big Industrial Projects Clog River Parish Traffic

August 23, 2014 12:24 pm | by Maria Clark - New Orleans CityBusiness - Associated Press | News | Comments

Traffic has a tendency to drag along the Sunshine Bridge once the workday is over. The four-lane span over the Mississippi River between St. James and Ascension parishes is undergoing extensive repairs and has been reduced to ...   

What Happens When The Boomers Retire?

August 19, 2014 11:02 am | by Adecco | News | Comments

With baby boomers occupying the majority of skills trade positions and the younger generations steering clear of them, this infographic explores the question: who will replace these labor-intensive jobs?          

U.S. Factory Output Surges In July

August 15, 2014 9:31 am | by Josh Boak - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. factory output rose for the sixth consecutive month in July, led by a jump in the production of motor vehicles, furniture, textiles and metals. The Federal Reserve reports that manufacturing production rose 1 percent in July compared to ...

The IoT Uplink: Standards And Security In The Expanding Internet Of Things

August 14, 2014 9:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This latest episode of The IoT Uplink, a new video series examining all the factors driving, influencing and adding to the complexity of the Internet of Things movement, focuses on the growing need for standards and security in the IoT realm ...

The Internet Of Things, Robotic Manufacturing, And The End Of The World

August 5, 2014 4:26 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence from an unexpected area: manufacturing. The term Internet of Things ...

Obama: U.S. Companies To Invest $14B In Africa

August 5, 2014 11:53 am | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Tuesday announced $14 billion in commitments from U.S. businesses to invest in Africa, as representatives from nearly 100 American and African companies gathered in Washington to discuss ways to ...     

China’s Meat Scandal And Food Fails

July 25, 2014 1:03 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

To top it off, a video shows employees in the factory dropping the expired meat on the floor, then directly returning it to the production line.                   

UN Assembly Links Environment, Economics

June 23, 2014 10:31 am | by Jason Straziuso, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first-ever United Nations Environmental Assembly is underway in Nairobi, Kenya, where more than 150 high-level delegations are addressing environmental sustainability challenges.                   

Sustainable Energy Hub For Asia Launched

June 18, 2014 10:03 am | by Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press | News | Comments

Energy demand is soaring in the region on the back of economic and population growth, and the ADB said that by 2035 developing countries in the region will account for 56 percent of global energy use, up from 34 percent in 2010.            

Food Companies Working With Farmers On Sustainability

June 12, 2014 10:31 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Companies including Walmart, Coca-Cola, General Mills, and Unilever have taken steps to work with suppliers on environmental improvements, the report said, but added that measurable goals and firm deadlines are necessary to make real improvements.

Apple Going Green With Free Recycling, Renewable Energy

April 21, 2014 1:59 pm | News | Comments

Among other things, the Cupertino, Calif., company is increasing its reliance on solar and wind power while sending less electronic junk to landfills.                                         

Walmart Testing Ultra-Aerodynamic Semi-Trailers

March 4, 2014 1:32 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Walmart today announced a concept semi-trailer truck, the Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE), which is 20 percent more aerodynamic than the company’s current fleet of trucks.                 

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