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Mexico and Canada Reject U.S. NAFTA Demands as Talks Wrap Upnafta-2.gif

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:13 -0400

At stake is the $1.2 trillion in annual trade between the three countries, as well as the business models of companies such as Ford Motor and GM. that have adapted their supply chains to take advantage of the trade zone.(image)

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J&J Wins Reversal of First St. Louis Talc-Cancer Verdictbabypowder-1.jpg

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:57 -0400

Missouri appeals court found the case shouldn’t have been tried in a St. Louis city court.(image)

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Introducing the 2017 IndustryWeek Best Plants FinalistsPrint

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:52 -0400

The finalists demonstrate a commitment to manufacturing excellence, teamwork in driving continued improvements across their operations, and stellar results in response to their efforts.(image)

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Overcoming Uncertainty With the Aid of Scenario PlanningBusiness Direction.jpg

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:01 -0400

Scenario planning is essentially a thorough review of "what-if" situations, with potential courses of action created for each. Preparing for various shifts in advance can prevent companies from being caught flat-footed by sudden changes.(image)

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US Manufacturing Output Rises as Impact from Hurricanes FadesThe New State Of The Art Ford Production Line

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:48 -0400

History shows economic activity that’s initially subdued due to major storms tends to get a boost amid rebuilding in later months.(image)

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Musk’s Reusable Rockets Win US Air Force General’s Endorsement101717-SpaceX-Elon-Musk-BrendanSmialowski2.jpg

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:08 -0400

USAF General John Raymond: “The market’s going to go that way. We’d be dumb not to. What we have to do is make sure we do it smartly.”(image)

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Airbus Snaps Up Bombardier C Series in New Boeing Challengebombardier-c-series-family.jpg

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:01 -0400

The European planemaker’s marketing muscle and production expertise boosts the viability of the all-new aircraft after more than $6 billion in development costs forced Bombardier to rely on government assistance.(image)

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Tax Reform: Which Policy Maximizes Business Investment?Tax Reform_IW_10132017.jpg

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:00 -0400

Several forms of tax relief for businesses are being considered, including full expensing and economic cost recovery.(image)

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GM Ends Canada Plant Strike after Workers Cave on Mexico Demands87112710

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:28 -0400

“We weren’t able to secure a lead production letter from General Motors, but we were able to improve some of our programs that would soften the event if there, in fact, is a layoff or closure in the future,” said Unifor Local 88 President Dan Borthwick.(image)

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Tesla Sacks Hundreds of Workers on Model 3 StallTesla Model 3.jpg

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:27 -0400

Tesla announced on October 2 that it produced only 260 of the sedans in the third quarter due to "production bottlenecks," missing CEO Elon Musk's target of 1,500 Model 3's delivered by September.(image)

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More Factories Go Dark as China's Expansion Hangs in the BalanceChina-factory-outside-shot-1.jpg

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:31 -0400

Industrial restructuring, which includes cleaning up the environment and cutting excess output, may intensify reducing China's expansion to 6.4% next year and 6.1% in 2019.(image)

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Daimler Takes Steps to Separate Mercedes Cars, Trucks Divisions101617-Mercedez-Hood-Ornament-ThomasNiedermueller2-2.jpg

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:08 -0400

Under the plan, the German automotive giant would be transformed into a holding company for three units: Mercedes-Cars & Vans, Daimler Trucks & Buses and the financial services unit.(image)

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Apple Slams Qualcomm Suit Seeking iPhone Ban in China101617-Apple-Logo-KenIshii-Qualcomm-Logo.jpg

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:54 -0400

The legal battle between the two California tech giants continues — this time in the world’s second-largest economy.(image)

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GE’s Profit Reports Are Unfathomable. Investors, SEC Notice, Too101617-GE-Logo-JoeRaedle2.jpg

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:37 -0400

While most big U.S. companies release adjusted earnings that deviate from generally accepted accounting principles, GE stands out for the sheer head-scratching complexity of its quarterly reports.(image)

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NAFTA Talks Left Reeling After Aggressive US Proposals LandNAFTA_Flags.jpg

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:58 -0400

U.S. negotiators in recent days put forth a string of bold proposals -- on auto rules of origin, a sunset clause, government procurement, and gutting dispute panels seen by the other nations as core to the pact.(image)

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Why Adopting a Platform Strategy = Game Changer101317-Lightbulb-Dassault-Systemes2.jpg

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:37 -0400

Through digital platforms, companies are able to connect once-disparate departments and streamline processes — a major shift for the workflow of engineers, designers and the manufacturing process.(image)

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FAA Orders Inspections After GE-Pratt Engine Blows Up on A380airbus-a380-airbus.jpg

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:15 -0400

The Federal Aviation Administration determined there was an “unsafe condition” that “is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design.”(image)

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Strengthening the Mobile Enterprise for Increased Productivity101317-Thinkstock-mobile-device-Honeywell2-1.jpg

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:09 -0400

How can you manage mobile in an efficient manner? A simple tech upgrade just isn’t enough to address the challenges of deploying and managing too many incompatible devices that perform different functions for different users.(image)

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In Surprise Move, Samsung CEO to Quit After Record Profit101317-Samsung-DavidMcNew2.jpg

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:12 -0400

“As we are confronted with unprecedented crisis inside out, I believe that time has now come for the company to start anew, with a new spirit and young leadership.”(image)

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The Real Job Killer? Stagnation, Not Automation101317-Manufacturing-workers-SeanGallup2.jpg

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:50 -0400

There is no shortage of fear and hype around AI and automation replacing manufacturing jobs. But from my perspective, they do not eliminate jobs, but rather redistribute them.(image)

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Kobe Scandal Shows Cost of Race to Keep Improving Metalssteel.jpg

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 22:12 -0400

Japan’s steelmakers have spent a fortune developing new types of steel and other metals to meet demands from automakers for fuel-efficiency.(image)

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Trends in Patent Law: Tips for a Smart Corporate StrategyPatents_IW_10122017.jpg

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:43 -0400

Recent changes have made patents harder to get and enforce. It is likely, however, that some aspects of those trends will reverse in the future. Understanding the specifics will help companies design strategies to protect their technologies or to weather patent claims made by others.(image)

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First Solar Comes Out in Favor of Import Tariffssolar-panels.jpg

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:46 -0400

The stance places the biggest U.S. solar manufacturer in opposition to the Solar Energy Industries Association and most of the rest of the industry.(image)

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Honeywell LIVE: Mobile. Connected. Protected.1800x900_ET_1.png

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:53 -0400

Honeywell SPS continues to create connected, mobile solutions that help enterprises and their workers be more productive, efficient and safe by investing in technology innovations focused on four key areas: Software for the Connected Worker Android-b(image)

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Webinar: The Myers Container Journey to Continuous ImprovementIW-Simpler.gif

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:41 -0400

A November 1 IndustryWeek-hosted Webinar, sponsored by Simpler Consulting, an IBM Company(image)

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GM Exploring Alternatives for Equinox Production Amid Strike101217-GM-logo-SeanGallup2.jpg

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:10 -0400

Up in Canada, GM is trying to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement while the Unifor union seems to be more focused on negotiating a trade agreement.(image)

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Manufacturing Entrepreneurs: Tales of Taking the LeapDivergent_Czinger_promo.jpg

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:16 -0400

What does it take to found a manufacturing company in the United States? Try disruptive ideas, tenacity and a desire to make it in America for a start.(image)

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Driverless Cars Are Giving Engineers a Fuel Economy Headache101217-Electric-car-MilesWillis2.jpg

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:11 -0400

Some of today’s prototypes for fully autonomous systems consume two to four kilowatts of electricity — the equivalent of having 50 to 100 laptops continuously running in the trunk.(image)

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