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Studies: Lab-Grown Body Parts Working Well

April 11, 2014 8:01 am | by Malcolm Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy.   

U.S. Claims Victory In Trade Dispute With China

March 26, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States is claiming victory in what it calls a major trade dispute with China over its...

Meyer Tool Expanding S.C. Operations With $5 Million Investment

March 4, 2014 11:49 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Meyer Tool Inc. (MTI), a high-tech supplier to the gas turbine industry, will more than triple...

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February 28, 2014 1:46 pm | by Microsoft Dynamics | Videos | Comments

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Mining Companies Seek Graphite For Tech Needs

February 27, 2014 11:03 am | by Dan Joling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. imports all of its natural graphite, but mining companies are searching locations from Alaska to Alabama, optimistic about future demand.                  

Rolls-Royce Developing Drone Cargo Ships

February 26, 2014 11:28 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company claims that without a bridge and crew support systems, ships would be 5 percent lighter before loading cargo and would burn 12 percent to 15 percent less fuel during their trips.                 

High-Tech Mich. Hub Could Create 10,000 Manufacturing Jobs

February 24, 2014 9:57 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The White House announced Sunday the The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), set to open this spring in metro Detroit. It’s the latest hub in the Obama administration’s National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), and it’s expected to bring 10,000 jobs to the region within the next five years.

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Toray To Invest $1 Billion, Hire 500 In S.C.

February 18, 2014 1:52 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

Toray Industries, Inc., a Tokyo-based manufacturer of fibers and textiles, plastic resins, films and carbon fiber compositematerials, has selected Spartanburg County, S.C. for its next global facility. The $1 billion investment over the next decade is expected to create 500 new jobs and represents one of the largest initial capital investments in South Carolina's history.

Apple's Big Bet On Sapphires

February 12, 2014 3:27 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Apple is betting on sapphires to be the next big thing for its products. It feels so strongly about using the material that it’s building a factory in Mesa, AZ and signed a development and supply contract with crystal materials manufacturing specialist, GT Advanced Technologies, to make sapphire material exclusively to Apple for consumer electronics.

Entegris To Buy ATMI For About $1.15B

February 4, 2014 11:34 am | News | Comments

Entegris Inc. has reached a deal to buy fellow semiconductor materials maker ATMI in a deal worth about $1.15 billion. The deal announced Tuesday brings together two key suppliers in the semiconductor industry to create a leader in advanced process materials, contamination control and wafer handling, Entegris said.

How Outsourcing Went Horribly Wrong

February 3, 2014 3:16 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

There is much debate over the effectiveness of the strategy, the affect it has had on “American” brand quality, and the affect it is having on the U.S. economy and its ability to pull out of the current recession.        

Bringing Big Steel’s ‘Mini-Mill’ To Solar

January 30, 2014 1:39 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Silicor Materials, in many ways, is turning inward to implement the necessary practices rather than simply trying to respond to volatile markets. In order to make that possible, the company is implementing some philosophies most often seen in another industry altogether: the foundries of Big Steel, which has a long history of adopting new technology and ways of thinking to improve margins and stay in business.

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U.S. Challenges China Over High-Tech Steel Imports

January 14, 2014 7:51 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is accusing China of failing to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling against China's imposition of duties on high-tech American steel. Washington says the duties caused a $250 million annual drop in exports. The ruling concerns grain oriented flat-rolled electrical steel that is used primarily by the power generating industry.

Company Making Progress On Ind. Iron Pellet Plant

December 30, 2013 9:55 am | News | Comments

Magnetation Inc. of Grand Rapids, Minn., announced in late 2012 it would build the new factory at the site of an abandoned ethanol plant in the White County town of Reynolds. Several large buildings for the factory are under construction at the site.

Top 13 In 2013, #9: Textiles Tragedy In Bangladesh

December 11, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

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.

Top 13 In 2013, #10: Boeing’s Dreamliner Takes Flight, Kind Of

December 10, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

After years of development, supplier searches and assembly, Boeing began to ship out its long-awaited, high-tech 787 “Dreamliner” jet to airlines globally throughout 2012 and well into 2013. Again and again, things just didn't go to plan.

Ten Business Technology Trends You'll Read About in 2014

December 6, 2013 9:53 am | by Matthew Littlefield, President and Principal Analyst, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

Immersed in today’s dynamic business technology environment and excited about what’s to come, we at LNS Research offer our early list of main focus areas you can expect experts to be discussing over the next few months.

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Tracking The Future Of Conflict Minerals

December 3, 2013 12:58 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

These conflict minerals — cassiterite, wolframite, coltan and gold — are mined in the DRC by various rebel groups and those who, generally speaking, do not bind themselves to any threshold of human rights. Because minerals mined in these countries go through a complex network of middlemen in the region and in East Asian processing plant, the exact source of a particular batch of gold can be difficult, if not impossible, to find.

Glitches Keep SpaceX From Launching Rocket

November 29, 2013 9:13 am | News | Comments

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.

How To Build A Fab Lab

November 12, 2013 12:18 pm | by Massimo Menichinelli | Articles | Comments

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.

Fitesa Simpsonville Invests $50 Million In S.C. Expansion

November 7, 2013 11:36 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

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.

Quartz Manufacturing Company To Build Plant In Ga.

November 6, 2013 2:02 pm | News | Comments

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 Strikes Deal With Apple

November 5, 2013 11:51 am | News | Comments

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.

Domestic Minerals Production Could Boost Manufacturing

November 1, 2013 9:18 am | by Hal Quinn, CEO, National Mining Association (NMA) | Blogs | Comments

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.

Auction Set For Defunct Hoku Plant In Idaho

October 14, 2013 9:44 am | News | Comments

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.

Chinese Drywall Maker Challenges Judge's Ruling

October 9, 2013 1:32 pm | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Interface Goes ‘Restorative,’ Turns Pollution Into Carpeting

September 25, 2013 12:24 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

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.

FTA Announces Agreement To Strengthen 'Buy America' Program

September 24, 2013 2:24 pm | by U.S. Department of Transportation | News | Comments

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 Acquires TNJ Industries

September 19, 2013 4:59 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

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.

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