Local aerospace suppliers feel squeezed by Boeing

As a Boeing executive laid out Tuesday the compelling growth prospects presented by the plane maker’s unprecedented production boom, managers of local aerospace suppliers listened intently. read more

Suncorp rules out outsourced IT as customers go online

Suncorp’s shared services chief Jeff Smith has ruled out technology outsourcing, describing IT as a central part of the banking and insurance group as more customers go online. read more

DuPont, Suntech sign strategic agreement for supply of PV materials, technologies in solar market

DuPont and Suntech Power Holdings announced that they had entered into a strategic agreement with an overall goal of augmenting the supply of PV materials and technologies in the global solar energy market. read more

North America Lags on Supplier Emission Cuts

North American suppliers are likely to fall behind in the race to capitalize on climate change opportunities, scoring a D average on emissions performance compared to the C average for European and Asian suppliers, according to research published today by the Carbon Disclosure Project and Accenture. read more

Japanese auto suppliers to pay price-fixing fine

January 30, 2012 | Associated Press WASHINGTON – Two Japanese auto suppliers have agreed to pay more than half a billion dollars in criminal fines for a price-fixing conspiracy in the sale of parts to U.S. automakers, the Justice Department announced Monday. read more

12 companies join German commodity alliance

German companies plan cooperation on commodity sourcing HAMBURG, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Twelve German companies have joined the new German alliance aimed at securing raw materials supplies in the face of growing competition for key commodities, the Federation of German industry BDI said on Monday. read more

World Economic Forum report calls for new models to address supply chain and transport risks

A World Economic Forum report released today calls for new models to address supply chain and transport risks. The report, New Models for Addressing Supply Chain and Transport Risks, produced in collaboration with Accenture, highlights the urgent need to review risk management practices to keep pace with rapidly changing contingencies facing the supply chain, transport, aviation and travel sectors. read more

Apple Supplier Elpida May Gain Life Support Amid Chip Slump

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) — Elpida Memory Inc., facing a deadline to repay $1.2 billion of debt by April, may gain financial support for the second time in three years as Japan seeks to keep the company alive amid a slump in the chip market. read more

Apple Becomes Top Semiconductor Buyer in 2011

January 24, 2012 01:19pm EST Apple in 2011 became the biggest purchaser of semiconductors, beating out all other leading electronic manufacturers, including Samsung Electronics and HP, technology research firm Garner said on Tuesday. read more

Supply chain is main risk for Airbus A350 program

HAMBURG, Germany -(MarketWatch)- Avoiding hiccups in the supply chain is the main challenge facing Airbus as it moves from the development of its new wide-bodied A350 to the industrial phase of the project, Airbus’s second-in-command said Tuesday. read more

Ariba teams with Thomas Industrial Network

SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The world’s business commerce network is about to get bigger. Ariba, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARBA) today announced that it is joining forces with Thomas Industrial Network to connect more buyers and sellers around more commerce in the fast-growing category of industrial MRO. Under the terms of a newly-formed partnership, Thomas Industrial Network (ThomasNet.com), an online division of Thomas Publishing Company that provides procurement professionals, engineers, and plant and facilities

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Apple report reveals labor, environmental violations

An audit released by Apple on Friday reveals widespread violations of worker rights and environmental practices by manufacturing partners for the company’s wildly popular iPhone, iPad and other gadgets around the world. read more

IBM buys Emptoris

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — IBM  said Thursday it would buy Burlington, Mass.-based Emptoris Inc., a specialist in cloud-based analytics software with 725 employees, for an undisclosed price. IBM said the acquisition will help its overall effort to boost products aimed at reducing procurement costs and risks.