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Although purists on both sides are crying foul, the recent agreement hammered out by negotiators at General Motors and the United Auto Workers may very well signal the beginning of a new era. However, before this era can come to pass, two very important things need to happen.
After Day 1 at the 28th annual Assembly Technology Expo, it looks as if the strategy of co-locating the show with the Electronics Assembly Show, Quality Expo, National Manufacturing Week and Plastec Midwest is, indeed, producing the “synergies” that the show organizers expected.
We’ve seen plenty of interesting equipment at the show so far. Topping my list are a nifty press setup from PennEngineering and a new way to attach wires to circuit boards.
In an interview with the Financial Times (London), Laurence Barron, president of the Chinese division of the Airbus consortium (Toulouse, France), recently stated that giving China a piece of the manufacturing action is an explicit condition of Airbus sales to that country.
Chrysler LLC scored a coup today when it snatched Jim Press from the top position at Toyota Motor North America Inc. It's the latest in a recent string of announcements aimed at beefing up Detroit's No. 3 automaker. Will Chrysler once again become a formidable player or is it's new investment bank owner, Cerberus Capital Management, just trying to sweeten the pot for an eventual spinoff?
China’s ongoing economic growth, while globally beneficial in many ways, has always had a dark side. State-mandated currency imbalances, blatant copyright and patent infringement, a complete disregard for the environment, the possibility that one of these days those millions of low-paid workers laboring in sweatshop conditions are going to say “enough is enough”: The Chinese “miracle” has long created the unsettling feeling things can’t keep going on like this forever.
As the UAW continues contract negotiations with Ford, GM and Chrysler, the union may want to take note of an automotive labor agreement signed recently in Europe.
The workforce at Audi’s assembly plant in Brussels, Belgium, agreed to measures that will lower the German automaker’s labor costs. More than 62 percent of blue-collar workers and 94 percent of salaried staff voted in favor of the agreement.
Whenever my family gets together for dinner, the men at the table invariably talk about sports, and the women inevitably complain about our sports-mad culture and the outrageous salaries paid to professional athletes.
That someone could get paid millions of dollars to throw, catch or hit a ball is debatable. What I find ironic, however, is that no one ever complains about the salaries paid to corporate CEOs. Yet, according to a recent study conducted by the Associated Press, the compensation granted to America’s top CEOs has vaulted to the level of pro athletes and movie stars. Half the CEOs of companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 make more than $8.3 million a year, and some make much, much more.