All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘manufacturing’

Ashley Furniture: OSHA Proposes $431K Fine over Machine Safety

Ashley Furniture, the country’s largest home decor retailer, has been cited by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration for “failing to protect workers from moving machine parts” at one of its manufacturing facilities. The violations allegedly occurred at a factory in Wisconsin. “Workers risked amputation injuries each time they serviced the machinery,” said Mark Hysell, OSHA’s area director in Eau …

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3D Printer Revenue to Accelerate in Coming Years

The 3D printer market has now emerged from garages and is quickly becoming an industry to watch. Newer 3D printing technologies have now been used to create every thing from houses to dresses. As the market for 3D-printed goods begins to grow and evolve, the money being invested into the industry will soon begin to grow at an impressive rate. …

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Apple Reportedly Pushing For More Automated Manufacturing

Apple is well-known throughout the tech industry for its meticulous manufacturing specifications. With the advent of the iPhone the company turned its discerning eye for design to its manufacturing pipeline, creating a streamlined, efficient, and inexpensive way to release several new high-end products on a yearly basis. Apple also single-handedly turned Foxconn into one of the biggest manufacturing entities in …

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Foxconn Reportedly Looking To Use Google’s Robots

Google has been acquiring robotics companies with plans to implement robots in manufacturing settings (among other places), and as it turns out, the company has already been working with one well-known manufacturer to do just that. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that since last year, Foxconn, known for making Apple hardware, has been working with Google’s Andy Rubin, who …

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Samsung Notebook Orders Down, Apple Shipping Fewer MacBooks

The PC industry has hit hard times as the tablet and smartphone markets have begun to eat away at PC sales. This is especially true for notebooks, though manufacturers are trying desperately to compete with features such as touchscreens. The segment’s downturn has affected even the largest manufacturers. A DigiTimes report today shows that even Samsung and Apple are not …

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Boeing 747 May Get 86’d in the Years to Come

The Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet has been hailed as a double-decker revolution in air travel that shrank the globe by the Associated Press, yet even Arsenio Hall seems able to offer one as a (seemingly unattainable) prize on his new show. Despite that glowing remark from the AP, Boeing has had to cut its 747 production line two times in …

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Chinese Holiday to Affect Notebook Shipments

Though notebook shipments languished over the summer, manufacturers still have the holiday buying season to look forward to. Now, it appears that a labor shortage in China could restrict notebook shipments even further. DigiTimes is reporting that China is currently experiencing a labor shortage, and that this shortage could lower predicted shipments for the month. The report’s unnamed “sources from …

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Timken Split Into Two Publicly Traded Companies

On September 5, 2013, the Timken Company officially announced that they would be splitting their company into two separate entities. After the announcement, Timken stock rose 6.2% during after-market trading. Timken manufactures steel, bearings and power transmissions. The company split will form a new steel company (no name announcement yet) which will continue to manufacture carbon and alloy steel. The …

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Video Game Consoles Driving Component Demand, Pre-Orders Higher Than Expected

The latest generation of video game consoles is set to launch this fall. Microsoft will be releasing its new Xbox One console and Sony will be releasing its new PlayStation 4 console. Though the release dates for the consoles have not been announced, it is likely that they will land within weeks of each other. Gamers who have just been …

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Foxconn Raises Age Limit For Hiring

Ever since Foxconn became Apple’s main manufacturer of the iPhone, the Chinese company has become the focus of many human rights and worker’s rights organizations around the world. Through Apple, the company has become one of the most closely watched manufacturing operations in the world. Largely due to poor past inspections of its working conditions, Foxconn has raised worker pay …

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HTC Cuts Shipment Outlook, Suspends Development on Some New Models

DigiTimes, a Tiawanese publication that monitors technology manufacturing supply chains, reports this week that HTC has shifted its product outlook for 2013, preparing investors for a tough coming year. Citing unnamed “industry sources,” the report states that the device manufacturer has cut its smartphone shipment increase in half, down to 10-15% from 20-30%. In addition, the company is reported to …

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Samsung Takes Action On Labor Conditions in China

As Samsung has increased its share of the mobile devices market and emerged as the main competitor to Apple, increased scrutiny has also been placed on the Korean company’s manufacturing processes. In August, human rights organization China Labor Watch published an investigative report into a factory that supplies components to Samsung, accusing the factory of hiring children under the age …

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iPhone 5 Successor to Launch in Mid-2013 [RUMOR]

DigiTimes, the Tiawanese publication that closely covers the Apple supply chain reported today that Apple’s suppliers are expected to post “strong” first quarter 2013 financials. This is unsurprising, as the iPhone 5’s success has meant even greater demand on manufacturers by Apple. The publication also cited unnamed observers as saying that Apple is expected to release the next version of …

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Foxconn Is Bringing Manufacturing Plants To The US [Report]

A big sticking point during the presidential debates this year was the loss of jobs to overseas companies. Both candidates pointed fingers at China, a country that has taken on much of the world’s manufacturing. Now one of China’s most infamous companies, Foxconn, may be bringing some jobs back to the US. A report from Digitimes says that Foxconn is …

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Foxconn Confirms it Hired Underage Workers

Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturing company famous for building Apple products such as the iPhone 5, today admitted that some of the workers at its facilities were under China’s minimum working age of 16. The company told CNET in an email statement that it had performed an internal investigation and found some workers at its Yantai facility in Shandong Province were …

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iPhone 5 Screens (Finally) Being Shipped by Sharp

Sharp, one of the three manufacturers making the LCD displays for the iPhone 5, has finally begun shipping iPhone 5 screens. The production of the screens has been delayed for weeks now, as was learned back at the end of August. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a “person with knowledge of the situation” said Sharp had begun production …

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Samsung Labor Practices Under Fire Once Again

Over the past two years, Samsung has achieved its goal of rivaling Apple in the smartphone space. According to the latest ComScore numbers, Samsung now sells a full quarter of the mobile handsets sold in the U.S. Samsung is now learning, though, that being an industry leader comes with increased scrutiny and oversight from watchdog organizations. One month ago China …

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Samsung Child Labor Accusations Come to Light

As Samsung has grown into a major competitive force in the smartphone market, the company has faced greater scrutiny of their products. Now, Samsung is also facing greater scrutiny on their manufacturing operations, something Apple has had to deal with for years now. China Labor Watch, a New York-based organization that defends the human rights of Chinese workers, this week …

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Should Apple Take Responsibility For Concerns Over Its Chinese Labor Practices?

Apple, the company that’s considered to be many consumers’ favorite gadget maker, is under fire for what’s happening at its Foxconn factories in China. Aside from numerous reports of suicide and suicide attempts, in January, The New York Times revealed specific details about the working conditions in the factories, which sparked a lot of controversy over the tech company.

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iPhone’s True Cost: Coltan Wars, Air Emissions, & Miscarriages

On paper, an iPhone 4S will run you as low as $199 if you hitch up with a wireless carrier contract; picking up one free of a contract will pump that price up to at least $649.00. Excepting the monthly utility bill you’ll need in order to use the iPhone as a phone, that’s how much it costs you, a …

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Could Manufacturing Save The U.S. Economy?

While economic growth in the United States is expected to slow in the first quarter of 2012, the manufacturing industry is expected to grow. In the past two years manufactureres have added 330,000 new jobs. Part of the reason for this growth has to do with rising costs in foreign manufacturing. When costs rise elsewhere, manufacturing in the United States …

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Apple And Foxconn Face Accusations By Foreign Workers

Last year in May Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior issued a warning against abuses to workers. The abuses cited in the warning include not being paid for hours worked, mandatory extended overtime without breaks, failure to advise workers about how to handle toxic chemicals, paying ridiculously low wages, and various other mistreatments of employees. Apple’s standpoint on the abuses …

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Foxconn’s Brazilian iPad Factory To Begin Production As Government Grants Tax Breaks

Foxconn will soon begin production of iPads in Brazil, as the country has approved specific tax incentives designed to aid Apple’s popular tablet. The Brazilian government will give tax breaks to Foxconn for the production of tablets specified as weighing under 750 grams and lacking keyboards. The taxes that will be affected are the Excise Tax (IPI), Social Contribution Tax …

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