(Odometer: 31,350 miles) BURNABY, B.C.–You can build an engineering company, you can compete with startups, and you can live in a world where the Chinese "give away" design. That's the word from Bruce Stevens, CEO of PDE (Pacific Design Engineering) here, not far from Vancouver, where a couple of dozen engineers work in an environment that celebrates great design and
TAMPA, Fla.–Every introduction of new technology into the smart grid opens it up to further attack. That was Mike Duren’s frank assessment when we stopped here at Sypris Solutions to chat with him and Mike Walsh, the company’s president. More design resources Sypris is an EMS and engineering-services company, but it has built a solid reputation in the electronics threat-mitigation business.
(Odometer: 8,810 miles) FREDERICK, MD.–In the larger, realpolitik world, countries tend to downplay espionage. It is, for many, an acceptable part of the game. For companies, however, it's turning into all-out war, with consequences as potentially devastating as getting hit by a real bomb. The U.S., for the first time, talked openly and frankly, about cyber security and the Chinese.
General Motors announced this year it will develop electric cars in China. That's all well and good and strategically smart, but it comes at a price: GM has to transfer technology to the venture. The Chevrolet Volt is not a part of the deal. According to the New York Times: "As part of the agreement to expand (the Shanghai-based Pan