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  • 2015 US Auto Recalls Set Record at 51 Million

    • APICS staff
      2016
    The US automobile industry continued in 2015 the recall trend started in 2014. Last year, automakers recalled just more than 51.26 million vehicles, breaking the record of 50.99 million vehicles set in 2014, according to The Wall Street Journal. These numbers surpass all other annual recall amounts dating back to 1966.......Read More
  • 2015 Renewable Energy Investments Total $329 Billion

    • APICS staff
      2016
    Countries around the world together invested a total of $329 billion in renewable energy in 2015. This amount is a 4 percent increase compared with the previous year and broke the record of $318 billion set in 2011, Huffington Post reports.......Read More
  • British Aerospace on Track for Record 2015

    • APICS staff
      2016
    The British aerospace sector is on track for making 2015 another record year, based on thus-far available numbers, The Telegraph reports. As of the end of November 2015, UK aerospace engineers manufactured parts, including wings and engines, to contribute to the delivery of 1,265 new planes, according to London-based trade body ADS Group. This marks a 5 percent increase compared with the same period in 2014, which also was a record year for the industry.......Read More
  • 196 Countries Support Paris Climate Agreement

    • APICS staff
      2015
    After 13 days of debate, representatives from 196 countries agreed on Saturday to back a landmark climate deal, known as the Paris Agreement, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to curb global warming, The Washington Post reports. The historic pact also aims to change the way energy is produced and consumed and encourage reliance on cleaner forms of energy instead of fossil fuels. ......Read More
  • Shell Digs Deeper into Gulf of Mexico

    • APICS staff
      2015
    Royal Dutch Shell, based in The Hague, the Netherlands, is expanding its oil operations to the edge of explored US waters, according to Houston Chronicle. The oil giant’s new, $1 billion oil-production vessel is sailing from Singapore toward the Gulf of Mexico’s ultradeep-water Lower Tertiary, which is believed to contain 2 billion barrels of oil and large amounts of gas.......Read More
  • US Sets Preliminary Duties on Chinese Steel

    • APICS staff
      2015
    In an effort to encourage use of domestic steel, the US Department of Commerce placed preliminary duties of up to 236 percent on imports of corrosion-resistant steel from China, according to The Wall Street Journal. The import tax went into effect in early November, and a ruling in January 2016 will determine whether the tax will remain in place for five years.......Read More
  • Toyota Reaches Outside of Traditional Supplier Network

    • APICS staff
      2015
    Japan-based Toyota Motor Corp. moved outside its Japanese supplier network and released in Japan a new Corolla with technology made by Germany-based Continental AG, according to The Wall Street Journal. The “cutting-edge” crash-prevention system will be implemented into many of Toyota’s vehicles, including those sold in the United States, Europe, and Japan, it reports. ......Read More
  • Cyber Attacks Boost Costs of Cyber Insurance

    • APICS staff
      2015
    Following a string of cyber attacks on high-profile US companies in the past two years, insurers have significantly increased cyber premiums and deductibles for some companies, reports NBC News, citing Reuters. In addition, insurers are limiting the amount of coverage for cyber attacks to $100 million, even though major hacks can cost more than twice that amount. ......Read More
  • Shell Ends Offshore Alaska Drilling

    • APICS staff
      2015
    Royal Dutch Shell announced it will end its oil exploration off the shores of Alaska for the foreseeable future, according to USA Today. The Hague, the Netherlands-based energy and petrochemical company drilled the exploratory Burger J well 6,800 feet deep into a basin of the Chukchi Sea that has qualities signaling a significant reservoir of petroleum.......Read More
  • Toyota Ramps up into Overtime

    • APICS staff
      2015
    Toyota Motor Corp. is asking its Japanese plant workers for an “unprecedented level” of overtime and holiday shifts for six months, starting in October, The Wall Street Journal reports.......Read More
  • Another Chemical Blast Shakes China

    • APICS staff
      2015
    Nearly three weeks after a deadly chemical warehouse blast in Tianjin, China, a chemical factory in Dongying, China, exploded Monday night, reports CNBC, citing the Associated Press.......Read More
  • Chinese Port Explosion Hits Electronics Industry

    • APICS staff
      2015
    Experts are speculating that Wednesday’s explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin could have widespread and long-lasting impacts on the global supply chain, Fortune reports. As one of the world’s largest ports, Tianjin is a primary gateway to the vast array of goods produced in northern China and a shipping point for chemicals used in electronics production.......Read More
  • Lufthansa Looks to Expand into Drones

    • APICS staff
      2015
    Lufthansa announced its plans to use its airline business skills to soar into the drone business. The German airline is looking to train pilots and maintain the remote-controlled machines, which mostly have been reserved for military use thus far, according to Gulf Times.......Read More
  • Senators Push To Lower Interstate Truck Driver Age to 18

    • APICS staff
      2015
    Congress is proposing to allow drivers as young as 18 to drive commercial trucks on interstates, according to U.S. News & World Report, citing the Associated Press. Republican senators have introduced a bill that would allow contiguous states that join together in compacts to drop the age threshold to 18 for interstate trips. There is no limit on the number of states that could join the compacts.......Read More
  • Dubai Plans to 3-D Print Office Building

    • APICS staff
      2015
    Dubai announced plans to make construction in its fast-growing commercial district even faster by building the world’s first office building made using 3-D printing technology, according to the Associated Press as reported by the San Jose Mercury News. ......Read More
  • Smart Glasses Find Applications on Factory Floor

    • APICS staff
      2015
    Although consumers were not as excited about adopting Google Glass technology as originally expected, companies with warehouses and factories are giving smart glasses a second look for practical applications, the Wall Street Journal says. ......Read More
  • 3-D Printing Can Shorten Supply Chains, Boost Entrepreneurship

    • APICS staff
      2015
    A 2015 report from the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) Foundation is calling for "thoughtful" state and federal investments to bolster 3-D printing technology in local manufacturing clusters, Manufacturing Business Technology states.......Read More
  • Daimler to Test Self-Driving Trucks in Nevada

    • APICS staff
      2015
    Nevada is the first state to allow the German auto group Daimler AG to test self-driving trucks on its roads, according to Reuters. Wolfgang Bernhard, a Daimler board member, says trucks are likely to be the first “driverless” vehicles to be widely adopted because they spend more time on the open road than cars that must navigate congested urban areas.......Read More
  • Tyson to Eliminate Human Antibiotics in Chicken Production

    • APICS staff
      2015
    Tyson Foods plans to stop treating its chicken with antibiotics that are linked to human medicine because, as the company’s president and chief executive Donnie Smith notes, “Antibiotic-resistant infections are a global health concern.” ......Read More
  • Vietnamese Manufacturing Is on the Upswing

    • APICS staff
      2015
    Vietnam is gaining on Asia’s manufacturing leaders of China, South Korea, and Thailand, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The purchasing managers’ index for manufacturing has expanded every month since August 2013 in Vietnam, according to HSBC and Markit Economics.......Read More