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Tweel Airless Tires Are Making Flats a Thing of the Past

France-based Michelin & Cie recently announced the opening of a plant in Piedmont, S.C., to produce its Michelin X “Tweel” airless radial tire. The Tweel is actually a single tire and wheel unit, in which flexible polyurethane spokes support an outer rim—eliminating the need for compressed air, which makes tires vulnerable to flats.

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A Lesson in How to Partner With Higher Ed to Create Manufacturing Growth

A scrappy community-college system in metro Detroit is redefining its relationship with local businesses by adopting a “demand-driven” model that attempts to supply employers’ pressing needs for skilled engineering, technical and manufacturing workers instead of simply educating, training and turning out graduates with an obtuse aim that benefits neither them nor the economy.

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Fuel Cells vs. Electric Vehicles. Which Side of the Alt-Energy Battle Are You On?

Toyota’s new commitment to hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles and its abandonment of fully electric ones highlights two huge divides facing CEOs and other leaders, not just in the automotive industry, but across a broad spectrum of organizations in the car-dependent economy, including politicians, other types of manufacturers, the travel industry and agriculture, among others.

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