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Manufacturing immortality project established

Bristol - Imagine a cracked mobile phone screen that self-heals, or a cable underneath the ocean that self-repairs. These are the goals of the European Union ‘Manufacturing Immortality Project’.

US union rips Ford plan to move electric vehicles to Mexico

Detroit - The United Auto Workers chief on Wednesday blasted Ford's decision to send production of electric vehicles to Mexico, out of its home base in Michigan.

Three transformative energy applications for Industry 4.0

The fourth industrial revolution requires new technologies and a robust infrastructure. These also need powering. There is an array of energy related innovations coming through; we look at three of these.

New challenges for medical device manufacturers

The competitive and technologically driven medical device sector faces a different sort of disruption through a revised compliance standard. In 2019 the new version of ISO 13485 will become effective. This article looks at the impact.

In China's e-commerce boom, it takes a village

Xuzhou - Workers wielding screeching hand-held wood sanders toil overtime in Cheng Huaibao's bunk bed factory, rushing to prepare for the wave of orders about to break on manufacturing businesses like his across China.

N. Korea's Kim tours cosmetics plant with wife, sister

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un took his stylish wife and powerful sister to a make-up plant for a "field guidance trip" amid the country's nuclear standoff with the US.

Manufacturing needs new operational models

With global manufacturing growth expected to remain slow, companies need to consider new ways of working. This includes forging strategic partnerships.

EU probes Ray-Ban maker's merger with French firm

Brussels - The EU on Tuesday launched an in-depth probe into the proposed merger between French lens-maker Essilor and Luxottica, the Italian eyewear company that produces Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglasses.

EU Commission calls for 'Airbus of batteries'

Frankfurt Am Main - Europe must produce its own batteries for electric cars to avoid crashing out of the race with the United States and China, a senior member of the European Commission warned Monday.

Defence firms eye billion-dollar chance for 'made in India'

New Delhi - India has drawn up a shopping list for tens of billions of dollars of foreign fighter jets, armoured vehicles, submarines and helicopters but it will only sign the cheques if they are made in India.

New version of Google Glass used by factory workers for two years

You may have thought Google Glass was dead, but the search giant has quietly resurrected its once-controversial smart glasses.

This company is taking cues from Amazon to reinvent manufacturing

3D printing was supposed to reinvent the world — giving common people the simple tools they needed to create any object they needed, right when they needed it, provided it was made out of certain metals or plastic.

Haitian factory workers demand higher wages

Port-au-prince - Hundreds of Haiti's factory workers protested in Port-au-Prince on Monday against a small increase in the minimum wage set by the government.The workers, paid 300 gourdes (4.75 dollars) a day, are demanding 800 gourdes (12.

China's homemade passenger jet aces first flight

The first large made-in-China passenger plane successfully completed its maiden test flight Friday, marking a key milestone on the country's ambitious journey to compete with the world's leading aircraft makers.

Crash test dummies sacrifice lives for car safety

Washington - Clad in a blue t-shirt and shorts, the average-size "man" is belted into a luxury Tesla Model S for a very short ride with a very abrupt end.

Trump factory jobs sent to China may never come back

Kuanchengchen - US presidential candidate Donald Trump has pledged to bring long lost American manufacturing jobs back from China. But he may be too late -- even for products that bear his family name.

China manufacturing expands for third straight month: Govt

Bejing - Activity in Chinese factories expanded for the third straight month in May, official data showed, a further sign of stabilisation in the world's second largest economy.

China manufacturing index expands at slower pace

Beijing - China's economic recovery stabilised in April, an official factory activity gauge showed Sunday, as the property market recovered and credit grew.

Colouring craze poses headache for crayon makers

Nuremberg - Colouring books for grown-ups may be the new lifestyle craze, promising ways to combat stress, unleash our creative spirit and generally take time out from our increasingly tech-frazzled, gadget-obsessed lives.

Manufacturing sector adapting e-commerce into machine maintenance

Englewood - Machine begat technology. Man begat machine. So if man created machinery, it only makes sense a man-made Internet begin maintaining rooms full of manufacturing equipment.

Intel has an 'army' of 1000 working on chips for Apple's iPhone 7

Apple is reportedly turning to Intel to help manufacture the processor for its next iPhone after controversy surrounding its dual-sourcing of the chips inside the iPhone 6S series. Intel is apparently very keen to replace Qualcomm for the next phone.

Samsung wants to make 11K smartphone displays reality by 2019

Samsung is reportedly investing millions into developing an 11K display designed to be fitted to smartphones, despite most people never having owned a 4K or 8K device. The stunningly high-definition screen would apparently create a "3D effect".

Germany's GEA sells heat exchangers business

D - German mechanical engineering group GEA said on Wednesday it had agreed to sell its heat exchangers business to private equity group Triton in a deal valued at 1.3 billion euros ($1.8 billion).

Germany's GEA sells heat exchangers business

D - German mechanical engineering group GEA said on Wednesday it had agreed to sell its heat exchangers business to private equity group Triton in a deal valued at 1.3 billion euros ($1.8 billion).

Philip Morris to close Dutch factory, lose 1,200 jobs

The Hague - Tobacco giant Philip Morris said on Friday it wants to close its factory in the Netherlands later this year at the cost of 1,230 jobs, blaming a "severe decline" in sales.

Philip Morris shuts Australian plant, blames regulation

Sydney - Tobacco giant Philip Morris on Wednesday announced the closure of its only Australian manufacturing plant with the loss of 180 jobs, blaming regulations for limiting its export opportunities.

Caterpillar used Swiss havens to avoid US tax: Senate

Washington - US Senate investigators have accused heavy equipment giant Caterpillar of hiding $8 billion in profits offshore in Switzerland to avoid US taxes.

U.S. manufacturing activity picks up in March

Washington - U.S. manufacturing activity gained pace in March helped by a pickup in new orders and a rebound in production, the Institute for Supply Management said Monday. The ISM's purchasing managers index rose to 53.7 from 53.2 the previous month.

Eurozone business activity rallies: PMI index

Brussels - The recovery of the eurozone's manufacturing sector is holding up, with activity showing the ninth month of growth in a row, and the gap among major economies narrowing, a survey showed on Tuesday.

China manufacturing up in March but weakness remains

Shanghai - China's manufacturing activity improved slightly in March from the previous month, the government said Tuesday, but analysts said the world's second biggest economy remained weak.The official purchasing managers index (PMI) was 50.
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Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is
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Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is
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Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is
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Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive r...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is in production 363 days of the year, only closed on Christmas and New Years day. The company produces one beer only - Pilsner - which was selected to fill a gap in the craft beer market that was identified
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive r...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is in production 363 days of the year, only closed on Christmas and New Years day. The company produces one beer only - Pilsner - which was selected to fill a gap in the craft beer market.
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Greg Taylor  left and Cam Heaps  two of the three co-founder...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand.
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Greg Taylor  left and Cam Heaps  two of the three co-founder...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive r...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is in production 363 days of the year, only closed on Christmas and New Years day. The company produces one beer only - Pilsner - which was selected to fill a gap in the craft beer market.
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Greg Taylor  left and Cam Heaps  two of the three co-founder...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Greg Taylor  left and Cam Heaps  two of the three co-founder...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Greg Taylor  left and Cam Heaps  two of the three co-founder...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Greg Taylor  left and Cam Heaps  two of the three co-founder...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Greg Taylor  left and Cam Heaps  two of the three co-founder...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Greg Taylor  left and Cam Heaps  two of the three co-founder...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand.
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Greg Taylor  left and Cam Heaps  two of the three co-founder...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive r...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is in production 363 days of the year, only closed on Christmas and New Years day. The company produces one beer only - Pilsner - which was selected to fill a gap in the craft beer market.
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Greg Taylor  left and Cam Heaps  two of the three co-founder...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Greg Taylor  left and Cam Heaps  two of the three co-founder...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand.
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Greg Taylor  left and Cam Heaps  two of the three co-founder...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is