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Goodyear's Blimp Replacement Takes Flight

March 18, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

The next generation of the well-known Goodyear blimp has made its first flight, cruising over part of northeast Ohio beneath bright blue skies.                   

Amsterdam Canal House Built With 3-D Printer

March 14, 2014 8:27 am | by Toby Sterling - Associated Press | News | Comments

The goal of the demonstration project launched this month is not so much to print a functioning...

Recalled Tire Caused Fla. Van Crash

March 13, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

Federal safety officials are investigating a fatal church van crash in north Florida that...

3D Printing Your Next Dining Room Table

March 6, 2014 2:13 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The company says it wants people to “make manufacturing local again,” and positions the device...

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Pa. Firms Expect Gas Boom To Help Manufacturing

February 24, 2014 8:06 am | by Timothy Puko, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Drillers, business leaders and politicians are hoping the natural gas boom is so big that it brings life to Pittsburgh's stagnant manufacturing sector. The rush of gas from the Marcellus shale and other formations can provide cheap fuel for a renaissance in domestic plastic- and steelmaking.

Lydall Acquires Industrial Filtration Business Of Andrew Industries Limited

February 21, 2014 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Lydall, Inc. (NYSE:LDL), today announced that it has acquired the industrial filtration businesses of Andrew Industries Limited, an Altham, United Kingdom-based corporation, for $83 million in cash. The acquired business consists of operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and China, and approximately 500 employees.

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.

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GI Joe, The World's First Action Figure, Turns 50

February 6, 2014 8:11 am | by Chris Carola, Associated Press | News | Comments

The birthday of what's called the world's first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the nation plunged into the quagmire that would become the Vietnam War — a storm it seems to have weathered pretty well.

Continental Tire Holding Ceremony To Open S.C. Plant

January 28, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is expected on hand for a ceremony to officially open Continental Tire's new plant in Sumter. The company says Haley and company executives are planning to make remarks at an event scheduled for Tuesday.    

Plastics Machinery Shipments Rise Sharply In Q3

January 27, 2014 1:57 pm | by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association | News | Comments

Taking a closer look at the data, shipments of injection molding machinery were up 20 percent in the third quarter when compared with the same quarter of a year ago. Shipments of single-screw extruders advanced 9 percent, and shipments of twins-screw escalated 12 percent. Shipments of new thermoforming equipment spiked up 50 percent in Q3 when compared with last year

China, BP Venture Plans Columbia Chemical Plants

January 23, 2014 3:03 pm | News | Comments

A Chinese-backed venture that includes the British petroleum company BP proposes two plants along the lower Columbia River to distill methanol from natural gas for use in making plastics and rubber.Each plant would cost $1 billion and employ about 120 people, The Oregonian reported Wednesday.

France, Goodyear Workers End Standoff

January 22, 2014 12:24 pm | News | Comments

The accord, reached Wednesday, came after 10 days of negotiations between the government, the company and unions. The office of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the "end of conflict protocol" puts an end to the occupation of the factory by workers demanding new negotiations over severance packages.

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U.S. Judge Dismisses Suit By French Goodyear Workers

January 16, 2014 9:52 am | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge in the town that's home to Goodyear has thrown out a lawsuit filed by French workers trying to save their tire-making jobs at a plant that has become a symbol of their country's labor tensions. Workers plan to appeal.     

Goodyear Sues Over 'Boss-Napping' In France

January 8, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

Goodyear Dunlop Tires France — a subsidiary of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. of Akron, Ohio — said in a statement the lawsuit was filed Wednesday with the prosecutor in Amiens, France, because it can't accept "actions that endanger people and goods."

Most Innovative Companies #8: Blackwell Plastics

January 8, 2014 12:51 pm | Articles | Comments

We're proud to announce Blackwell Plastics as our #8 innovator — since 1939, they've been providing plastic products for a wide array of industries. Blackwell plastics have been used for the military, in aerospace applications, and with lower-profile products like venetian blinds, weed-eaters and Igloo water coolers.

Most Innovative Companies #11: Lantech

January 7, 2014 2:10 pm | Articles | Comments

Coming in at #11 is Lantech, based out of Louisville, Kentucky. We selected them because of their impressive growth and domination of a niche market: with over 65,000 machines sold around the world, the company is the world's largest manufacturer of stretch wrapping equipment.

Workers: 'Despair' Led To Kidnapping Goodyear Bosses

January 7, 2014 9:46 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant, which Goodyear has tried to sell or shutter for five years, has become an emblem of France's labor issues, and the seizure Monday morning of the two managers — the plant's director and human resources chief — resurrected the once-common practice of boss-napping.

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MakerBot Goes Bigger, With Head-Sized 3-D Printer

January 7, 2014 9:38 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The MakerBot Replicator Z18 can print objects 12 by 12 by 18 inches large. That's six times larger than MakerBot's standard Replicator. The machine, which deposits melted plastic dot by tiny dot, will cost about $6,500, and can print objects the size of someone's head.

Staff Seize Bosses At French Goodyear Site

January 6, 2014 9:28 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The factory's union says the director and human resources chief were blocked from leaving after an especially difficult meeting Monday with staff; a Goodyear representative, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the tense situation, says the two managers were being held against their will.

3D Systems Buys Gentle Giant Studios

January 3, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

Gentle Giant, based in Burbank, Calif., has led the development of state-of-the-art content using 3D scanning and modeling to develop and make licensed 3D printed characters, toys and collectibles from a variety of franchise properties.

3D Systems Acquires Xerox’s Solid Ink R&D Teams

January 2, 2014 1:28 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

3D Systems today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Xerox's solid ink engineering and development teams, plus the development labs and patent portfolio, for $32.5 million in cash. 3D Systems says it will bring the printer design and material science teams together, along with the associated IP, to further its R&D efforts and manufacturing capabilities.

Cooper Tire Ends Buyout Agreement With India's Apollo

December 30, 2013 9:44 am | News | Comments

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is calling off its proposed $2.2 billion sale to India's Apollo Tyres, a deal that would have created the world's seventh largest tire company. The U.S.-based company said Monday that financing is no longer available, and it continues to claim, as it has for months, that Apollo breached the terms of the agreement.

Fire Crews Make Progress In Tenn. Superfund Blaze

December 19, 2013 12:16 pm | by Travis Loller, Associated Press | News | Comments

The fire at Industrial Plastics Recycle, about 45 miles southwest of Nashville, has been burning since Wednesday morning. On Wednesday afternoon, firefighters had to stop trying to put out the blaze after they learned that two 1,000 gallon propane tanks were on the property.

Top 13 In 2013, #3: 3D Printed Guns Excite, Scare

December 18, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Additive manufacturing is already being used in rocket sciences, medicine, and cars, but one Texas-based group of 3D printing and gun enthusiasts gained a great deal of notoriety early this year by demonstrating early versions of 3D-printed guns

Michelin Recalls 1.2M Tires In U.S.

December 16, 2013 7:49 am | News | Comments

Tire-maker Michelin says it is recalling about 1.2 million tires sold in the U.S. because an increasing number are experiencing tread loss or rapid air loss.The tires are commonly used for pickup trucks, heavy-duty vans, small RVs and commercial light trucks.

Congress Renews Undetectable Gun Ban Just In Time

December 10, 2013 3:15 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers took an easy step Monday when the Democratic-run Senate unanimously gave final congressional approval to a bill adding another decade to the prohibition against guns that can slip by airport metal detectors and X-ray machines.    

At 11Th Hour, Congress Debates Plastic Gun Ban

December 3, 2013 2:39 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is racing toward renewing a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines, just days before the ban expires. But with 3-D printers increasingly able to produce plastic weapons, many Democrats, gun control advocates and law enforcement officials say the restrictions must be tightened.

1st Tires Roll Out At Continental Tire's S.C. Plant

November 25, 2013 3:59 pm | News | Comments

Ground was broken in March 2012 at the new $500 million facility for Continental Tire, the North America arm of German-based Continental AG. Officials initially said the first tire should roll off the assembly line in 2014, with the plant completely built and fully operational in 2021.

Berry Plastics Announces Plans To Close 5 Plants

November 25, 2013 8:10 am | News | Comments

Berry Plastics Corp. plans to close five of its manufacturing plants next year in response to weak demand for the company's plastic containers and packaging. The Evansville-based company announced the closures Friday during a quarterly earnings call with investors. The plants will close by Sept. 30, 2014, and cost about 200 workers their jobs.

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