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Never Mind Metrics, Battery Recycler Takes a Pause, Latest Strike News: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads

Oct. 27, 2023
Also, practical uses for generative AI in manufacturing

A mixed bag of topics caught our readers' attention during the latest installment of IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads, which reviews the top content visited by the IW manufacturing community over the previous seven days. Technology topics led the way with the Clorox cyberattack still pulling attention, followed by digital transformation at manufacturer Invista. And, of course, UAW-management negotiations remain a hot topic. 

The Top 10 for the past week are: 

Updated: Clorox Cyberattack to Cost Up to $593 Million: The bleach manufacturer this week begins the cleanup process to fully repair damage from an attack first reported in mid-August that slowed production and caused product shortages.

Never Mind Metrics: You Can't Always Measure Transformation: When Koch Industries demanded change, subsidiary Invista collaborated with Amazon Web Services to create a digital twin system that could pay dividends for decades.

UAW Launches 2nd ‘Surprise’ Strike, This Time at Dodge Ram Plant: There are now more than 40,000 workers on strike at Stellantis, Ford and GM.

CFO: GM Will Need to ‘Look at Efficiencies Across the Board’ After New UAW Deal: Executives say the work stoppage is costing the company $200 million weekly.

Easy, Practical Manufacturing Uses for Generative AI: In its simplest form, the technology can help solve problems and boost productivity.

Ford, UAW Announce Tentative Agreement, Ending Strike for 20,000: Ford agreed to raise base wages by 25%, restore a 2009-era cost-of-living-adjustment, eliminate wage tiers, and allow the UAW to strike over plant closures.

Battery Recycler Li-Cycle Pausing Work on Big NY Project:The Department of Energy backed the Rochester Hub site, which will be the first producer of recycled battery-grade lithium in North America, with a $375 million loan in February.

Musk: ‘We Have to Make Our Cars More Affordable’:Tesla executives were cautious about the global economy—and Mexico investment plans—on the EV giant’s third-quarter earnings call.

Better Continuous Improvement Through GAPS: Go See, Ask, Pause, Study: Four consistent habits that effective leaders practice to foster greater engagement and problem-solving

An End to Greenwashing, Four Habits to Foster Engagement, Strike Impacts Mount: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads: Also, delving into hydrogen and catching up with electric vehicle news.

Editor's Choice:

When the Markets Tighten and Cash Stops Flowing, What's Next? Working capital financing may be an alternative for smaller manufacturers disproportionately affected by a credit crunch.

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