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  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by jcscher
    +14 +1

    U.S. Factory Output Falls Sharply as Auto Production Sags

    U.S. factory output fell unexpectedly in March, charting its biggest decline in seven months as auto production contracted in a check on the manufacturing sector's expansion.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by wildcat
    +4 +1

    Tesla recruiting Mexican engineers for US plant

    Tesla Inc is recruiting engineers from Mexico to work on robotics and other automated equipment at its California factory, according to LinkedIn postings, part of a hiring push to ready the plant for mass production of the Model 3. The electric automaker aims to build 500,000 cars a year by next year at its plant in Fremont, California. That would be a six-fold increase from last year.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Apolatia
    +17 +1

    A new 3-D printer could finally let the technology live up to its promise

    It’s less than two months before his company’s initial product launch, and CEO Ric Fulop is excitedly showing off rows of stripped-down 3-D printers, several bulky microwave furnaces, and assorted small metal objects on a table for display. Behind a closed door, a team of industrial designers sit around a shared work desk, each facing a large screen. The wall behind them is papered with various possible looks for the startup’s ambitious products...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by dynamite
    +16 +1

    Apple invests $200 million in Gorilla glass maker Corning

    Apple has announced that it is investing $200 million in Gorilla glass maker Corning Incorporated from it’s new Advanced Manufacturing Fund. The investment will support “Corning’s R&D, capital equipment needs and state-of-the-art glass processing”. Corning’s partnership with Apple began a decade ago with the first iPhone. Apple has committed to investing at least $1 billion with US-based companies focusing on manufacturing. Apple’s billion-dollar Advanced Manufacturing Fund was unveiled last week by CEO Tim Cook. The company claims it “supports 2 million jobs” in the U.S., including 450,000 at companies that supply it with components.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by MNichols
    +1 +1

    The First Private Space Station Will Be Equipped to Manufacture

    Axiom Space plans to launch the first commercial space station which will function as a manufacturing hub.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by MNichols
    +11 +1

    Manufacturing and cybersecurity

    On May 12, hackers launched a “ransomware” cyberattack that would eventually infect 300,000 machines in 150 countries over a three-day period.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by Apolatia
    +19 +1

    Foxconn narrowed US factory locations to seven states, will decide next month

    Foxconn says that it is still planning to set up U.S. manufacturing plants in ‘several’ states, in a deal worth $10B. Some $7B of that investment is earmarked for display production, with the balance allocated to a mix of other products. Foxconn chairman Terry Gou initially said that the company was looking at midwest states, before later naming seven states as candidates...

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +20 +1

    America and the Foxconn Dream

    Wisconsin is about to shell out as much as $3 billion for the privilege of luring Foxconn Technology Group. At $519 per citizen, it would have been cheaper to buy an iPhone for every man, woman and child in the midwestern state. Let's be clear: The big winner isn't the taxpayer. It's Foxconn and its billionaire chairman Terry Gou. As I predicted several times, Foxconn would only come to the U.S. if and when his demands were met. Meet them is exactly what Wisconsin did, with an offering of tax credits, training grants and infrastructure improvements. In return, Foxconn said it will invest $10 billion and create 3,000 jobs.

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +21 +1

    The Last American Baseball-Glove Maker Refuses to Quit

    This little brick factory isn’t supposed to be here. It should be in the Philippines, or Vietnam, maybe China. Not here, in the heart of Texas. Baseball gloves, like many other things, aren’t really made in America anymore. In the 1960s, production shifted to Asia and never came back. It might be America’s favorite pastime, and few things are more personal to baseball-lovers than their first glove — the smell, the feel, the memory of childhood summers.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by darvinhg
    +16 +1

    Smartphone Maker HTC Explores Strategic Options

    HTC Corp., the beleaguered manufacturer that once ranked among the world’s top smartphone makers, is exploring options that could range from separating its virtual-reality business to a full sale of the company, according to people familiar with the matter. The Taiwanese firm is working with an adviser as it considers bringing in a strategic investor, selling its Vive virtual reality headset business or spinning off the unit, the people said.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by canuck
    +13 +1

    US factory activity surges last month to highest since 2004

    U.S. factory activity rose to the highest level in 13 years last month as hurricanes disrupted supplies but drove up demand for manufactured goods. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said its September manufacturing index rose to 60.8 from 58.8 in August, the highest reading since May 2004. Anything above 50 signals that manufacturers are growing, and the ISM survey shows they’ve been on a 13-month winning streak.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by jedlicka
    +15 +1

    Some Famously Efficient Japanese Manufacturers Are Now Lying to Compete

    Japanese manufacturers were once held in awe for their mastery of flexible manufacturing and a continuous improvement mantra that revolutionized business practices the world over. Even now, for example, Fanuc remains the preeminent maker of sophisticated robots, sought by manufacturers from China to the U.S. But an increasing number of companies in China, South Korea, and elsewhere have found success emulating—and often besting—Japan’s long-established enterprises, forcing them to scramble.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by gottlieb
    +12 +1

    Japan logs longest phase of growth in 16 years

    Gross domestic product of the world's third-largest economy has grown in yet another quarter, making it the longest period of economic expansion in more than 16 years. But private consumption is losing steam.

  • Analysis
    11 months ago
    by CatLady
    +13 +1

    The Deaths That Come When an Industry's Left to Regulate Itself

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission tried for 16 years to make portable electric generators less dangerous. Then a Trump-selected official took charge of the agency.

  • Analysis
    10 months ago
    by paddystacks
    +13 +1

    Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories

    A photographer captures a colorful world of craft and complexity.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by cone
    +7 +1

    Why Made in China 2025 is at the centre of US trade tensions

    Policy documents don't usually attract this much attention, but China's hi-tech manufacturing plan could have a dramatic effect on global trade. Made in China 2025 is a 10-year industrial development plan, but businesses and governments around the world are concerned it will have a dramatic effect on global trade. Chinese state media has even accused the United States of trying to provoke a trade war in order to undermine the policy. Ambitious, long-term policy documents don't always attract this much attention, so let's have a look at why this one is different.

  • How-to
    4 months ago
    by baconfedora
    +1 +1

    Meeting CGMP Standards in Warehouses

    Out of all the standards and measurements warehouses should meet, CGMP is one of the newest—and potentially most perplexing for managers.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by TNY
    +8 +1

    Donald Trump’s new tariffs are disastrous for synthesizer manufacturers

    It’s easy to overlook Donald Trump’s new tariffs amidst the caterwauling din that is our 24-hour news cycle, but Harley Davidson isn’t the only business to be impacted by the president’s tax battles. Moog Music, the company behind the iconic Moog synthesizer, may also have to take its business overseas, resulting in massive layoffs. Moog sent out an e-mail to customers this warning customers that an impending 25% import tax on Chinese circuit boards and associated components will “immediately and drastically increase the cost of building our instruments...

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by Apolatia
    +17 +1

    Analysts say we are headed for a flash memory price crash

    Why it matters: If analysts are correct, we could be seeing very significant price drops in SSD and perhaps even DRAM it 2019. The industry is currently facing a very large surplus of NAND flash memory. They say to expect a price correction over the next several quarters.