General Motors is expected to announce a plan to invest billions of dollars in its plants throughout the U.S. The move comes as the number of GM manufacturing jobs in the U.S. hit its highest level since bankruptcy in 2009.
Silicon Valley's and Detroit's interests seem to be converging as software becomes more important to manufacturing. Detroit is injecting more technology into its manufacturing processes, and Silicon Valley is trying its hand at manufacturing.
Taken as a whole, several purchasing manufacturers' index reports provide a mixed view of economic performance in the U.S. Among these, Markit's Flash Manufacturing PMI posted 51.9 for May, the lowest level since October.
A "micro-hybrid" powertrain will replace the hybrid or electric powertrains used in cars today, according to MaryAnn Wright, vice president of technology and innovation for Johnson Controls Power Solutions. The company will manufacture the lithium ion batteries necessary for such a powertrain in its plant in Michigan. The first micro-hybrid cars should appear in Europe because of higher fuel costs and stricter emissions standards there, Wright said.
Important components to attaining sustainable manufacturing include optimizing fossil fuel use, reducing pollution and recycling, writes Jack Rubinger. In order to achieve sustainable manufacturing, you must also promote the practice in the workplace through signs and labels on all containers, equipment and machines, he writes.