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Cobots—robots that physically interact with humans in a shared workspace—first appeared on factory floors two years ago, accounting for approximately 5% of global industrial robot sales in 2016. These robotic partners were hailed as ‘the future of... Read more

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer welcomed a US judge's call to cut a $2-billion damages payout awarded by a jury to a couple in California after having found that the Monsanto produced glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup had been the cause of... Read more

Renewables produced more energy than fossil fuels in Europe in the first half of 2019, as it did for the first six months of 2018, according to a report by energy data analysts EnAppSys... Read more

The European Parliament has narrowly voted in support of German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission President. She will be the first woman to hold the post and the first German in over 50 years. Read more

The goods trade surplus between the EU and the US, as well as the bloc's surplus with China has increased in the first five months of the year, according to figures released by the EU statistics office Eurostat... Read more

In a widely anticipated move, car makers Ford and Volkswagen have announced the extension of their seven-month old partnership to cover autonomous and electric vehicles... Read more

Investment in cutting edge technology, including industry-specific software from food and drink IT specialist CSB-System, has enabled leading Austrian sausage producer Wiesbauer to be at the forefront of the development of the smart food factory... Read more

Until recently, the Industrial Revolution was largely associated with drastic engineering efforts that transformed Britain’s industry. Two centuries later, we are experiencing another shift in global manufacturing, the Fourth Industrial Revolution... Read more

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has given official approval to a new 2,000 km (1,250 mile) tolled motorway across Russia, according to the Vedimosti business newspaper. The privately funded four-lane Meridian Highway will run from the... Read more

The European Union's solar thermal market grew by nearly 10% in 2018. While this is a substantial increase, it remains insufficient for individual nations to reach the goals that many have set out for themselves according to a report by le Journal... Read more

French energy giant Total is to sell a pool of its North Sea oil assets for $635m (€565m). The assets, which were acquired in 2017 as part of its deal with Maersk Oil, and will be sold to a group controlled by Petrogas E&P in Oman, and NEO E&P... Read more

A second Turkish ship, named Yavuz, which is planning to drill for oil and gas, arrived in the coastal waters to the northeast of Cyprus on Monday, triggering a vocal protest from Nicosia and causing consternation in Brussels. Politicians in... Read more

Following a sharp slump earlier in the year, Germany's exports and industrial output returned to growth in May but still failed to recover fully. According to the Federal Statistics Office, exports grew by 1.1%, surpassing the 0.5% rise forecasted... Read more

Anyone who has driven in a storm can attest to the importance of windshield wipers. This essential invention was created by Mary Anderson and became a fixture in most vehicles by 1916. While windscreen wipers, computer software, space station... Read more

Human beings have five senses; sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. But what about intuition? Some people refer to this as the sixth sense. Now, a new manufacturing technique is adding an extra dimension ─ a sixth sense ─ to products with... Read more

The biggest beneficiaries in an escalating trade tariffs war between the US and China could be France and Germany, economists at Barclays have projected... Read more

A partnership between BASF, The Estée Lauder Companies and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) along with Solidaridad, a civil society organisation, will work to promote the use and production of sustainable palm oil and derivatives in... Read more

The European Union and the South American customs pact Mercosur are now, after two decades of talks, "very close" to agreeing on a free trade accord according to the Brazilian foreign minister. The deal is already being hailed as a significant... Read more

The trend towards eco-friendly green products is increasingly applying to the home care and cleaning products industry. Ecovia Intelligence, a specialist research, consulting and training company that focuses on global ethical product industries... Read more

More and more of us are becoming aware of our consumption of single use plastic products, and the negative impact that their disposal can have on surrounding ecosystems. Research has found that on average, the typical person uses a plastic bag for... Read more

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