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China Said to Plan Coal Import Ban at Some Ports from July 1

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:51:00 +0000

The ban is the latest attempt by the government to manage the nation’s coal supply and prices, which have swung in the last year amid a series of regulations aimed at keeping prices high enough to support miners while not letting them rise to a level that hurts power producers.

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Samsung to Invest in New US Plant

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:31:00 +0000

"For nearly 40 years, Samsung has steadily expanded our operations in the U.S." said Tim Baxter, chief executive of Samsung Electronics America. " We are deepening our connection to the American consumers, engineers, and innovators who are driving global trends in consumer electronics."

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Three Steps for Manufacturers to Begin their Digital Transformation

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:52:00 +0000

How manufacturers can adopt a trial-and-error mentality to catch up on the data-driven challenge.

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As Retailers Falter, Manufacturers and Suppliers Need to Plan Ahead

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:29:00 +0000

Ideally, it should never be a surprise when a key customer or supplier declares bankruptcy. The reality, of course, is that surprises do occur.

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Tesla Will Have a Tough Time Ramping up Production. Here's Why

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:23:00 +0000

In 2010, Tesla famously acquired the NUMMI plant previously owned jointly by GM and Toyota for the rock-bottom price of $42 million. What it didn’t get as part of the deal is knowledge and experience in complex manufacturing.

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The Toy Supply Chain—Time to Take a Deeper Look

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:34:00 +0000

With recent strides in toy product safety, the toy industry sets its sights on improving its supply chains for further gains in safety and fewer recalls.

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China Is About to Bury Elon Musk in Batteries

Tesla's Elon Musk


Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:49:00 +0000

Chinese companies have plans for additional factories with the capacity to pump out more than 120 gigawatt-hours a year by 2021, enough to supply batteries for around 1.5 million Tesla Model S vehicles.

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Toshiba Sues Western Digital for $1.1 Billion in Damages

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:33:00 +0000

The litigation seeks to stop Western Digital from making ownership claims over the memory chip unit that Toshiba is trying to sell.

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Trump Faces Laugh Test as He Weighs 'Nuclear Option' for Steel

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:21:00 +0000

Based on comments from President Trump, the administration could declare as early as this week that steel is critical to national security and eligible for protection from imports.

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The Rise of Machines and the Evolution of Industrial Work

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:45:00 +0000

The real world of manufacturing is full of situations that have little structure, predictability or definition. That's a key reason skilled employees will continue to play a vital role in the operation of highly automated factories.

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Inside HP’s 3-D Shift to Additive Manufacturing

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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Up and down the West Coast, HP is innovating, testing and aiming to enhance manufacturing with new 3-D printing technology. The company could hit that lofty goal. First, though, its gift to the fourth industrial revolution could disrupt existing additive processes.

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Top 10 States for Logistics

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:30:00 +0000

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Nestle Plans $21 Billion Share Buyback As Activist Loeb Digs In

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:54:00 +0000

CEO Officer Mark Schneider is reversing Nestle’s policy on buybacks just days after being urged to do so by Dan Loeb’s hedge fund which bought a stake in the company.

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See How the Jaguar F-PACE Connected Car Is Built in a Digitized Factory

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000

Built with Rockwell Automation and Cisco technology, the Jaguar F-PACE is a connected car that links seamlessly to your mobile devices.

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Record EU Fine Against Google Risks Creating New 'Too Big To Innovate' Standard?

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:41:00 +0000

“The EU has effectively decided that some companies have become too big to innovate," said.Robert D. Atkinson, president of The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. "The EU’s actions have created a cloud of uncertainty that will make large tech companies overly cautious about making changes to the user experience and service offerings that would benefit consumers."

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IndustryWeek Best Plants Winner Firstronic Proves that the US Can Manufacture Electronics

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:25:00 +0000

In Michigan no less, Firstronic works on hiring and training the right workforce plus capital equipment, best customers, and systems that tie it all together.

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China Industrial Profits Growth Accelerates on Better Sales

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:50:00 +0000

China’s exports remain robust as demand in U.S. and European markets improves, helping to boost economic sentiment.

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Tesla Effect Boosts Shares of Little-Known Lithium Salt Supplier

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:15:00 +0000

Stella Chemifa Corp.’s shares more than doubled in the last two years as Tesla Inc.’s ambitions grew and China tried to cut its greenhouse emissions.

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Trump's Aluminum Import Probe Has Some in Congress Wary

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:57:00 +0000

Lawmakers signed letters warning that imposing tariffs on aluminum imports could increase costs for consumers and industrial users of the metal.

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BMW Courts Trump Favor by Showing Off Revamped Made-in-US SUV

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:35:00 +0000

The automaker is unveiling the revamped X3 sport utility vehicle at its plant in Spartanburg, S.C., to celebrate the 25-year anniversary of its U.S. factory. The facility is BMW’s biggest in the world and an important shield against Trump, who has threatened carmakers over their imports -- and declined the company’s solicitation to attend the June 26 festivities.

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Roiled by Airbag-Recall Crisis, Takata Files for Bankruptcy

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:46:00 +0000

Takata Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in the biggest postwar Japanese corporate failure in the manufacturing industry, as the 84-year-old company buckled under liabilities from millions of recalled air bags and agreed to be sold to a Chinese-backed investor.

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Slowdown in US Business-Equipment Orders May Weigh on Growth

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:53:00 +0000

The broad slowdown in equipment orders and shipments raises the risk that business investment will provide less of a boost than anticipated to the economic rebound this quarter.

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Top 10 Supply Chain Schools of 2017

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:20:00 +0000

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Reining in Healthcare Costs: One Company’s Success Story

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:58:00 +0000

Healthcare costs at manufacturer Maclean-Fogg have risen 7.5% total since 2009—when, for most companies of that size, 7.5% per year is closer to the norm.

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How a Supplier Views a Customer

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:25:00 +0000

A look at the six different ways that an OEM customer might be seen by an individual supplier.

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Auto Slowdown Flashes Caution Lights for Manufacturing Growth — and Trump

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:22:00 +0000

With production in the auto industries slowing, other production industries are going to have to step up to confirm that working class hiring is up—or next year’s mid-term elections may get dicey.

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Tesla Eyes Manufacturing in China

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:17:00 +0000

"While we expect most of our production to remain in the U.S., we do need to establish local factories to ensure affordability for the markets they serve," the company said.

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Uber Said It Will Cover Engineer's 'Bad Acts' Like Secrets Theft

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:11:00 +0000

That promise -- buried in the fine print of an otherwise straightforward employment contract for an executive -- emerged in documents unsealed last week in San Francisco federal court.

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Panasonic Joins Push to Put Photovoltaics on More Car Roofs

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:14:00 +0000

Cars could hold the promise of a giant new market for solar panels from Panasonic, which also is partnered with Tesla Inc. in making batteries at its Gigafactory outside Las Vegas.

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