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Ex-Apple, Tesla Executive Urges ‘Disruptive’ Thinking

Senior Editor Bill Koenig

3/5/2015

A former executive of Apple Inc. and Tesla Motors Inc., in a motivational speech, urged manufacturers to engage in “disruptive” thinking.“What can you give them (customers) that others won’t or can’t?” George Blankenship, the former executive, said at the MFG Meeting in Orlando. “What can you do that would be unexpected?” Full Article

Analyst: Manufacturing ‘Great Business to Be In’



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

3/5/2015

Manufacturing has good prospects for 2015 as the US economy expands, an analyst at the MFG Meeting.Manufacturing “is a great business to be in, continues to be a great business to be in,” Eli Lustgarten, senior vice president of Longbow Securities, said during a 2015 economic forecast presentation at the gathering in Orlando, FL. Full Article

GKN Driveline Americas Names Sandra Bouckley Vice President - Manufacturing Engineering



Press Release - GKN Driveline Americas

3/3/2015

GKN Driveline Americas today announced it has named Sandra Bouckley Vice President – Manufacturing Engineering. Most recently, Bouckley was Vice President Operations, Electrical Systems and Services Group for Eaton Corp.At GKN Driveline Americas, Bouckley will lead all manufacturing engineering activities in North and South America. Full Article

Collaboration and the Cloud: News from ABB Automation and Power World 2015



Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

3/4/2015

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer announced today that ABB (Zurich, Switzerland) will partner with mobile telecommunications manufacturer Ericsson (Kista, Sweden) to release a cloud data center management platform. The announcement was part of Spiesshofer’s keynote address to the ABB Automation and Power World event in Houston, TX, which runs through March 5. Full Article

NewsDesk: Manufacturing Shows Pattern of Slower Growth



Edited by Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

3/1/2015

Economic activity in the US manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 20th consecutive month, but continued a pattern of slowing growth, the Institute for Supply Management said in its monthly report released Feb. 2. The Manufacturing PMI in January was 53.5%, down 1.6 percentage points from December’s seasonally adjusted 55.1%. Full Article

Stratasys Posts Quarterly Loss on Writedown



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

3/2/2015

Stratasys Ltd. posted a fourth-quarter loss on a charge for writing down the value of its MakerBot unit.The maker of 3D printing machines reported a loss of $92 million, or $1.81 a share, for the last three months of 2014, compared with a loss of $2 million, or 4 cents a share, for the same period a year earlier. Full Article

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