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.
The Opel Monza and Renault Initiale Paris are among the latest show vehicles signaling a trend by designers to zero-in on a few advanced features, rather than overwhelm consumers with more complex models.
A Continental Automotive study shows U.S. consumers saying they would pay a premium of $1,500 for features such as automated driving on freeways and in heavy traffic, while Germans would pay twice as much.
Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says the program aims to identify new investment opportunities for Australian industry as it transitions from its traditional base to new, higher value-added and globally linked manufacturing....More
The operation has a lot on its plate, with five new manufacturing plants – and possibly a sixth – in the works, an aggressive new-model launch plan and a bullish short-term sales target for the Cadillac brand. And this with the market slowing overall....More