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Manufacturing in US expanded at faster pace last month
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U.S. manufacturing accelerated in February to the fastest pace since May 2004, a sign that factories are ramping up production to meet demand. The Institute for Supply Management's factory index increased to 61.4 from 60.8 in January, the Tempe, Ariz.-based group said today. Readings greater than 50 signal growth. In Europe, manufacturing expanded at the fastest pace in more than 10 years, while the rate of growth at factories in China was the slowest in six months. More

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US pavilion at Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo
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The Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo has been identified as a key event for U.S. exporters to help promote export trade. The expo is the single largest event of its kind in Australia featuring the very latest in automotive parts, accessories, workshop tools and equipment. The show attracts over 400 exhibitors and 12,000 domestic and international visitors. The 2011 expo will showcase a comprehensive range of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, tools and equipment from the industry's leading companies and brands. Information is available on participation in the U.S. Pavilion. More

Torque vectoring gears improve power yield of wind turbines
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The rotors deployed at the turbines rotate 12 to 16 rotations per minute and the generator that is connected to the rotor through a gearbox works at a variable speed matching the received wind speed. To overcome the problem of varying power, the alternating current from the generators are transformed into direct current utilizing giant rectifiers. Such transformed direct current is again changed back to alternating current to match the frequency of the grid. The dual conversion results in nearly 5% of energy loss. More

Commodities: 20 percent iron ore price rise possible
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Just when many analysts thought iron ore prices couldn't go much higher there's news of another round of big price rises in the offing. In fact the huge surge in profits seen in the last half of 2010 will be repeated this half, and especially the June quarter with prices up 40% or more above a year earlier. More

India ups iron ore export duty, China hardest hit
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India will quadruple export duty on iron ore fines as it seeks to curb exports, mostly to China, in a budget move announced on Monday that hit domestic producer shares and could push spot prices to new record levels. The world's third largest iron ore exporter wants to conserve supply for domestic steel makers, who play a vital role in building growing infrastructure. More

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National Association of Manufacturers: EPA's Boiler MACT rule will cost manufacturing jobs
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National Association of Manufacturers Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse issued this statement following the release of the Environmental Protection Agency's final Boiler MACT rule: "The new Boiler MACT rule will have an immediate, negative impact on manufacturers’ bottom lines at a time when they are trying to rebound economically and create jobs." More

Ford and Sollers to establish a joint venture in Russia    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ford Motor Company and Sollers OJSC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which the parties intend to launch a new 50:50-owned joint venture called Ford Sollers for the production and distribution of Ford vehicles in Russia. "We are delighted to be taking this next step for Ford in Russia with our proposed partner, Sollers," said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. "This is a great opportunity, and will provide Ford customers in Russia with more products and better service." More

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Air Force: Boeing the clear winner of KC-X
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Additional capabilities beyond the mandatory requirements were not a factor in the U.S. Air Force's selection of Boeing's 767-based tanker, now designated the KC-46A, as the service's KC-X replacement aerial refueler, Pentagon officials said. EADS North America's larger Airbus A330-based KC-45A, winner of the previous KC-X competition, was the losing bidder. More

Toyota to increase transmission production with $64 million project
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Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia Inc. will increase production of six-speed automatic transmissions at its engine and drivetrain manufacturing plant in Buffalo, W. Va. The $64 million project will increase the operation's output to nearly 400,000 transmissions annually. Details of the expansion program were not released. The new operations will be in production by the end of 2012. More


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Congress may overhaul patent law
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he U.S. patent system hasn't changed much since 1952 when Sony was coming out with its first pocket-size transistor radio, and bar codes and Mr. Potato Head were among the inventions patented. Now, after years of trying, Congress may be about to do something about that. The Senate is taking up the Patent Reform Act, which would significantly overhaul a 1952 law and, supporters say, bring the patent system in line with 21st century technology of biogenetics and artificial intelligence. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch hails it as "an important step toward maintaining our global competitive edge." More

DuPont leader: Renewables at the heart of clean    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
DuPont is uniquely positioned to deliver clean technology opportunities, including both advanced biomaterials and biofuels, DuPont Applied BioSciences President Craig Binetti said at the Jeffries 11th Annual Clean Technology Conference. More
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