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  • Syngenta Beefs Up Production in Brazil and Switzerland

    Syngenta has completed a $240 million production capacity expansion at several sites in Brazil and Switzerland to help meet increased demand for seeds and agricultural chemicals, the agriculture company announced Oct. 4. “With these investments in production capacity expansion, we confirm...

  • General Motors Cutting 150 Foundry Jobs in Ohio

    General Motors Co. notified employees at its Defiance, OH foundry Friday that around 150 jobs will be cut over the next year and a half, the Toledo [OH] Blade reported Oct. 8. The plant makes cast-iron engine components, some of which are being phased out in favor of parts made from nodular iron,...

  • Reading Bakery Systems Launches Snack Development System

    One of the globe’s leading makers of baking and process systems for the food industry, Reading Bakery Systems, recently announced the addition of an automated snack system to its Sinking Spring, PA-based Science & Innovation Center. “The RBS expanded snack system allows for...

  • DuPont Opens Europe’s First Zytel HTN Polymer Plant

    DuPont Performance Materials (DPM) held an event Oct. 7 to mark the opening of its Zytel HTN polymer production facility in Uentrop, Germany, a move that aims to boost the company’s presence in the polyamide industry and its ability to serve the European market. Zytel HTN, a cost-effective,...

  • Conveyor Equipment Orders up 100%

    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reported that its August 2016 booked orders increased 99.6% when compared to August 2015 orders. When compared to July 2016, August 2016 booked orders were up 110.9%. August booked orders were up 2.5% for Bulk Handling Equipment and...

  • Updated Product Inspection Guides Available

    How to increase product quality without reducing productivity has become the holy grail for many manufacturers. A new updated set of four product inspection guides is now available for download that addresses product inspection challenges. Updated with new content, each guide focuses on a...

  • New Technology Monitors Food Processing in Real Time

    A project funded by the European Union (EU) created a new digital system that provides real-time view and control of industrial food processing operations, which researchers said could offer the food industry greater processing efficiencies and ability to meet safety standards, the European...

  • General Mills Kicks Off $25M Expansion of Buffalo Plant

    General Mills is commencing a $25 million expansion of its oldest U.S. plant to include production of several Chex brand products, multiple news sources reported Friday. In addition to installing two new cereal lines at the company’s Buffalo, NY factory, which currently produces flour and...

  • Study Predicts Industrial Robot Sales Boom in 2019

    An industrial robot boom is expected to occur in 2019, with a projected 1.4 million new industrial robots installed that year, according to a recent report by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). In total, 2.6 million industrial robots will be deployed by 2019, with China leading demand...

  • OSHA Fines NJ Aluminum Company $89K After Amputations

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Pennsauken, NJ aluminum company with three citations and a $89,390 fine on Sept. 23 stemming from two separate fingertip amputations and a thumb injury this Spring. OSHA initiated an inspection of...