Will the wonders of 3D printing ever cease? With each passing day, something revolutionary seems to come off the machine's printing bed, be it a life-size Ultron helmet (OK, maybe that's not revolutionary), a prosthetic shell for a tortoise or a Shelby Cobra sports car. This time, it's more than 1,000 airplane parts for the Airbus A350 XWB jet.
Already China's biggest restaurant operator with 4,600 outlets, KFC is pursuing Chinese consumers so avidly it opens two more every day. That dramatic growth comes with a big catch: KFC's quality control is struggling to keep up.
A combination of rebounding sales and an unprecedented number of new models in the works has stretched the auto parts supply chain so taut that the entire industry is holding its collective breath that it does not snap and jeopardize the recovery.