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Market Currents: How The Energy Boom Helps Americans

December 3, 2014 10:46 am | by The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | Comments

Americans should welcome global crude-oil prices plunging below $65 a barrel and hope the combination of demand blunted by economic slowdowns in Europe and China and abundant supply driven by soaring U.S. production and OPEC not cutting output will continue.

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3D Printing Materials Market Will Increase Ten-Fold by 2025

December 2, 2014 1:54 pm | by IDTechEx | Comments

A massive increase in the use and applications of 3D printers is encouraging huge growth in the market for 3D printing materials. The total consumable market in in 2013 was $800m and is expected to reach $8bn by 2025, according to IDTechEx's new report "3D Printing Materials 2015-2025, Status, Opportunities, Market Forecasts."

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Nearly One-Third of Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity Into the Northeast Could be Bidirectional by 2017

December 2, 2014 1:28 pm | by Tu Tran, Today in Energy | Comments

Spurred by growing natural gas production in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, the natural gas pipeline industry is planning to modify its systems to allow bidirectional flow to move up to 8.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) out of the Northeast.

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Turkey, Russia Look to Shake up Gas Market

December 2, 2014 11:06 am | by SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press, PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press | Comments

Spiraling tensions between Europe and Russia were behind Moscow's decision to scrap the South Stream pipeline, which would have traveled through many Balkan states. Countries in the region on Tuesday were counting the political and financial cost of the shift.  

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Plant Waste Provides Weapons Against Pests

December 1, 2014 12:07 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Biological pest control and biogas-powered engines fed from the farm’s agricultural waste is transforming agriculture, energy reliability and industry in Kenya.                               

MAPI: Production To Outpace GDP Growth

November 25, 2014 12:03 pm | Comments

Manufacturing production is expected to outpace GDP, with anticipated growth of 3.5 percent in 2015 and 3.9 percent in 2016. A five-year horizon shows that GDP is expected to average 2.8 percent growth and manufacturing production 3.26 percent growth.

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Drones For Inspecting, Auditing Dangerous Sites

November 24, 2014 10:26 am | by Val Pavlovic, Omentum Media Australia; admin@omentum.com.au | Comments

Two Australian companies are providing what they feel is a faster and safer way to inspect or audit dangerous and inaccessible areas - remote control flying equipment, commonly known as drones.                    

If Milk Can Be Made In A Petri Dish, Do We Need Cows?

November 21, 2014 10:52 am | by TakePart | Comments

Traditionally, cooking is a bottom-up process where we take raw ingredients from nature, throw them together however we see fit, add some heat and consume. But advances in technology and changing attitudes toward the food we eat are breaking down that process even further.

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Why Configurability Matters For Manufacturing Software

November 20, 2014 11:20 am | by Katie Hilyar | Comments

Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?          

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What Is Your Manufacturing Innovation Quotient?

November 18, 2014 3:07 pm | by Tom Comstock | Comments

How do you squeeze the most return out of your investment in innovation? It’s not always about new products — they don’t always produce bigger profits.                             

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Can System Integration Improve Your Triple Bottom Line?

November 18, 2014 10:49 am | by Mark Adair | Comments

In a nutshell, there are three accounts to the triple bottom line (TBL) — People, Planet and Profit. Profit is often formulated by a team of accountants and carefully monitored by management, but what about the other two components?   

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Production Technology Trends: Today And The Future

November 17, 2014 10:40 am | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager for HARTING USA | Comments

Manufacturing has changed drastically in the past decade, and much of this change is due to advancements in technology. Here is a look at a few of the technologies that are having the largest impact.              

A Look At Sustainable Pumping

November 12, 2014 12:35 pm | Comments

Sustainable pumping offers a new approach for the design of conveying systems to help improve overall efficiency and the use of different resources.                                

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Chemicals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the fourth quarter of 2013 saw a large uptick that helped level off 2013 overall deal volume and value, largely in part due to divestitures and mega deals – those valued at more than $1 billion, accordi

Global Chemicals Industry Continues Strong In Q3

November 10, 2014 11:28 am | Comments

Although deal volume has decreased, value in the third quarter was at its highest since early 2011, hitting an average of $756 million. This heightened value was aided by the nine mega-deals that took place this quarter, including the $6.3 billion acquisition of Rockwood Holdings by Albemarle Corporation.

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Profitability Through Supply Chain Excellence: Chemicals Business

November 6, 2014 4:24 pm | by Laura Rokohl | Comments

Specialty chemicals companies today face numerous uncertainties and constantly navigate internal and external business variables, but sophisticated software systems are available to drive supply chain excellence and to align people and processes.

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