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U.S. Pushes China On 'Protectionist' Technology Policy

April 28, 2010 4:05 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Global technology suppliers face a looming Chinese deadline to reveal the inner workings of computer encryption and other security products in a move the United States and Europe say is protectionist. Suppliers must comply with the rules that take effect Saturday or risk being shut out of the billions of dollars in purchases that the Chinese government makes of smart cards, secure routers, anti-spam software and other security products.

Automakers Bending Over Backwards For Wealthy Chinese

April 28, 2010 4:02 am | by Anita Chang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — The businessman climbed into the Rolls Royce Phantom with the gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament and sank his feet into wine-red carpet. He says he has a Mercedes S600 sedan and a Jaguar sports car at home but needs something for work. "I just have to consider whether it's too flashy.

Chinese Drywall Maker To Pay For Renovation

April 28, 2010 3:59 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday awarded more than $164,000 to a Louisiana family whose home was ruined by Chinese-made drywall and said the tainted material must be removed. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon's latest ruling comes less than a month after he awarded $2.

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Boeing Delays 787 Parts Shipment

April 28, 2010 3:57 am | by George Tibbits, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing Co. has asked the companies that make the large sections of its new 787 jetliner to hold back shipping the assemblies for two of the jets for about a month. Boeing Commercial Airplanes spokeswoman Yvonne Leach said Tuesday that 787 final assembly is continuing at its Everett plant and that the temporary delay won't affect work under way.

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Honda Sales Jump 28 Percent Against Toyota's Woes

April 28, 2010 3:53 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Honda posted a 72 billion yen ($774 million) profit for the January-March quarter in a reversal from red ink a year earlier as booming demand in China and India combined with a fledgling U.S. recovery to boost car sales. Honda Motor Co., Japan's No. 2 automaker, reported Wednesday that quarterly sales surged 28 percent from a year earlier to 2.

Obama: Invest In Clean Energy Technologies

April 27, 2010 9:55 am | by Julie Pace, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama says investments in clean energy technologies can help return jobs to the country's heartland and ensure that America doesn't fall behind other nations. Obama made the comments at a wind energy plant in Iowa that employs more than 600 workers with help from tax credits in last year's economic stimulus law.

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OSHA Nails Wis. Plant With $96,000 Fine

April 27, 2010 6:59 am | News | Comments

TOMAHAWK, Wis. (AP) — A company where a 2008 explosion killed three Wisconsin workers has been fined nearly $100,000. The fines stem from seven safety violations levied against Packaging Corporation of America. A federal safety agency noted the violations during an October inspection.

No 'Cover-Up' By Reformed Toyota

April 27, 2010 4:24 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's transport minister criticized Toyota on Tuesday as initially too slow in responding to its recall crisis, but said the automaker had learned its lesson and is getting quicker in announcing recalls. Seiji Maehara, who will meet U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood later this week during a trip to Washington, said the Japanese government is checking Toyota Motor Corp.

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Ford Rakes In $2.1 Billion Profit

April 27, 2010 4:17 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it earned $2.1 billion in the first quarter, another sign the economy is improving as people spend more on big-ticket items like cars. The automaker expects to be solidly profitable this year, a year earlier than its previous guidance. Ford said its net income per share was 50 cents during the quarter.

GM Chooses NY Plant for New Engine, Jobs

April 27, 2010 4:14 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — General Motors Co. has chosen its Tonawanda Engine plant to build a new V8 engine, a person familiar with the discussions said Monday. The auto maker has scheduled a news conference at the suburban Buffalo plant for Tuesday. GM will announce a $400 million investment for a next-generation engine that the person said will create or retain more than 700 jobs.

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Wal-Mart Cracks Down On Cadmium Jewelry

April 27, 2010 4:11 am | by Justin Pritchard and Natasha Metzler, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The world's largest retailer revealed Monday that it has started to crack down on the use of the toxic metal cadmium in children's jewelry and other kids' products. The new policy doesn't affect what's on the shelves of Wal-Mart stores right now. Instead, children's jewelry and craft-making kits, toys and child-care articles such as bibs and pacifiers manufactured as of April 9 are being tested for cadmium, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Northrop Finds Corporate Home Near D.C.

April 27, 2010 4:08 am | by Bob Lewis and Brian Witte, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. will move its headquarters cross country to the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., to be closer to its key customers in the U.S. government, officials said Monday. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley congratulated northern Virginia for winning an intense sweepstakes between the two states for the corporate control center.

GM Set To Invest $890 Million To Upgrade V-8 Engines

April 27, 2010 4:05 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. says it will spend $890 million at five factories to upgrade its V-8 engines to make them more fuel efficient. The automaker says the moves will preserve or create roughly 1,600 jobs at factories in Tonawanda, N.Y.; St. Catherines, Ontario; Bay City, Mich.

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Toyota Set To Recall Corollas Made In Brazil

April 26, 2010 4:54 am | News | Comments

SAO PAULO (AP) — Toyota's subsidiary in Brazil has agreed to recall an unspecified number of Corollas due to the risk of sudden acceleration, the Brazilian Justice Ministry has announced. Toyota do Brasil Ltda. will recall all vehicles made in Brazil since April 2008 and will fix loose floor mats that could interfere with the gas pedal and cause sudden acceleration, the ministry said in a statement posted on its website late Friday.

Colorado Town Prepares For Life Off The (Power) Grid

April 26, 2010 4:46 am | by Mark Jaffe | News | Comments

FOWLER, Colo. (AP) — Like many a town on the Eastern Plains, this farming community has seen better days, but now it has a new plan. It is going to disappear — from the electric grid. If all the town's plans — and there are many — come to pass, Fowler will generate its own electricity, biofuel and manure-based gas; and an empty canning plant will turn into a new solar-panel factory.

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Missouri Plant Worker Awarded $750,000 After Accident

April 26, 2010 4:40 am | News | Comments

MONROE CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Monroe City man has been awarded $750,000 after he was severely burned in an accident at the plant where he worked. Greg Beaver was burned by molten aluminum on Nov. 9, 2004 while working at the Pace Industries plant in Monroe City, which has since closed. He sued the former owner of the plant, Leggett & Platt, and Cintas Corp.

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Obama: Reform Wall Street, Save 'Big 3'

April 26, 2010 4:33 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday cited encouraging signs of an auto industry rebound as he promoted stronger financial rules that he said would help prevent a repeat of the crisis that pushed carmakers to the brink. Senate Democrats have set a test vote Monday on legislation to tighten federal oversight of the financial sector.

Chinese Automakers Take Aim At 'Green' Market Niche

April 26, 2010 4:30 am | by Chi-Chi Zhang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — The first Chinese-made car to hit the U.S. market might be an all-electric minivan that skips over gasoline technology and gets a head start on the auto industry's next era. BYD Inc., part-owned by billionaire investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., hopes to start selling its five-seat e6 on the West Coast this year.

Upbeat Earning Reports Point To Improving Economy

April 26, 2010 4:21 am | by Ieva M. Augstums, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures pointed to a modestly higher open on Wall Street Monday after Caterpillar Inc. joined other companies in reporting more signs of an improving world economy. The big equipment maker, whose results are seen as an economic indicator, reported first-quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations after a one-time charge related to health care expenses.

Manufacturing An Invisible Car

April 23, 2010 11:40 am | Articles | Comments

Normally we don't like to feature too many advertisements in IMPO 's Thursday video-based newsletters, but sometimes we just can't help ourselves. In this case, Shell wanted a better way to show how oil interacts with a car's engine without using special effects. While a number of ideas were floated around, like x-rays, the team finally settled on recreating a Nissan 370Z in clear plastic.

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