Volkswagen has developed a new engine that works well with B20 diesel. But the fuel in the U.S. is not as stable as the product elsewhere, so the new engine will be available in Canada but not the U.S.
Robots on the shop floor already talk to each other. That idea will grow so machines around the world in different companies working together will talk to each other, working out the most efficient way to produce goods, a Plex executive says.
Gains in Germany and the continued turnaround in France, Spain, Italy and Portugal are considered good signs for the year. Southern Europe has suffered the most in the current economic climate, while Germany, the largest market, declined in 2013 as well.