Afternoon Coffee: Cummins Recalls Trucks Over Faulty Part, Kraft Heinz Pushes to Make All Packaging Recyclable

Engine maker Cummins voluntarily recalled 500,000 medium- and heavy-duty trucks due to faulty controls creating excess emissions of nitrogen oxides, Supply Chain Dive reports. The fixes should take two to four hours to complete if all parts are in stock, the company said. But that downtime could exacerbate already strained trucking capacity.

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Ketchup Packaging 

Kraft Heinz said Tuesday it would aim to make all of its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable globally by 2020, Bloomberg reports. That may be a challenge, however, for some of the food manufacturer’s products, such as ketchup packages, which may need to be completely redesigned to meet the initiative’s goals.

Beyond Chinese Production

The U.S.-China trade war is causing Asian component suppliers to look beyond China for production capacity. As Nikkei Asian Reivew writes, Taiwan's Delta Electronics, a supplier of power components to Apple, has begun efforts to “expand production capacity outside of China to gain more flexibility in combating global trade frictions.”

Manufacturing Activity 

And finally, an economic update: U.S. manufacturing activity expanded at a slower rate in July than previously, according to The Wall Street Journal, suggesting still healthy but cooler growth. The ISM PMI fell 2.1 percentage points to 58.1 in July, below economist expectations but still historically strong.

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