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Bhutan, Nissan Partner On Electric Cars

February 21, 2014 2:22 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has tapped Nissan Motor Co. to supply electric cars for its taxis and government fleet, hoping to reduce reliance on imported oil. Under the agreement announced Friday, Nissan will supply its Leaf electric car and set up charging stations in Bhutan.

Turkey Receives First Of 4 Surveillance Planes

February 21, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Turkey's military has taken delivery of its first Boeing-made surveillance aircraft, part of a $1.5 billion project to modernize its air force.                                

Japan Trade Deficit Hits Record $27.4B In January

February 21, 2014 10:08 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan's trade deficit surged to a monthly record of 2.8 trillion yen ($27.4 billion) in January as imports jumped 25 percent, underscoring the challenge the country faces in restoring export-driven growth.              

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Mexico To Trump Japan As No. 2 Car Exporter To U.S.

February 21, 2014 9:57 am | by Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press | News | Comments

An $800 million Honda plant opening Friday in the central state of Guanajuato will produce about 200,000 Fit hatchbacks a year, helping push total Mexican car exports to the U.S. to 1.7 million in 2014, roughly 200,000 more than Japan, consulting firm IHS Automotive says.

Mexico Feels Energy Buzz With N. America Summit

February 20, 2014 10:03 am | by Katherine Corcoran, Associated Press | News | Comments

The leaders of the three NAFTA nations met Wednesday in Mexico in part to highlight the economic cooperation that has grown since NAFTA joined the U.S., Canada, and Mexico 20 years ago. But all eyes were on one key area that NAFTA didn't touch: energy.

China's Manufacturing Slows To 7-Month Low

February 20, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's economic activity has slowed steadily as the government tries to reduce reliance on investment in industry and infrastructure and encourage more sustainable growth based on domestic consumption.              

Visit Jaguar Land Rover's New Facility

February 20, 2014 9:22 am | by AutoMotoTV | Videos | Comments

Visit Jaguar Land Rover's new manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom. This engine plant will employ 1,500 people, adding 3,500 jobs to the supply chain. They will be producing an engine every 36 seconds in their state-of-the-art facilities.  

Dongfeng, French Gov't To Invest In Peugeot

February 19, 2014 2:47 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Loss-making French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen is getting a 3 billion euro lifeline backed by Chinese investors and the French government in a deal that will see the company's founding family hand over control after more than two centuries at the helm.

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Downside Of Low Inflation: A Weaker Global Economy

February 19, 2014 2:37 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

It might be unfathomable to people who still bear scars from the double-digit inflation of the 1970s, but what the global economy could use right now is a dose of higher prices.                      

Report: Offshoring And Outsourcing A Mixed Bag For U.S. Jobs, Wages

February 19, 2014 10:17 am | by UC Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) | News | Comments

Without solid numbers, many have assumed that most of the offshored jobs go to developing countries where workers are paid near-poverty wages in less than ideal working conditions. However, the researchers said public fear that offshoring to lower-cost countries is putting downward pressure on U.S. jobs may be overblown.

Obama, Fellow Dems Are At Odds On Big Trade Bills

February 18, 2014 2:28 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama wants to put major emerging trade deals with Europe and Asia on a "fast track" to congressional passage. But with midterm elections looming, many fellow Democrats are working to sidetrack them instead.        

Europe At Origin Of Chronic U.S. Execution Dilemma

February 18, 2014 9:55 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's one big reason why the United States has a dearth of execution drugs so acute that some states are considering solutions such as firing squads and gas chambers: Europe won't allow the drugs to be exported because of its fierce hostility to capital punishment.

China City Closes Poultry Markets To Stop Bird Flu

February 18, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The closure lasts through Feb. 28 "to strengthen work to control the spread of the H7N9 flu," the city government said in a one-sentence announcement on its microblog account.                      

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U.S. Olive Oil Pushing Gov't To Test Imported Oils

February 18, 2014 9:50 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a pressing matter for the tiny U.S. olive oil industry: American shoppers more often are going for European imports, which are cheaper and viewed as more authentic. And that's pitting U.S. producers against importers of the European oil, with some likening the battle to the California wine industry's struggles to gain acceptance decades ago.

Reshoring: A Key Strategy Facing Present And Future Manufacturers

February 13, 2014 3:28 pm | by Guy Morgan, Managing Director and Global Operations Advisory Group Lead, BBK | Articles | Comments

The manufacturing environment is in a constant state of change. The failure to recognize the static nature of the business coupled with the failure of manufacturers to comply with disciplined global production systems has caused participants to revisit the value of outsourcing and the opportunities associated with reshoring.

Marchionne Optimistic He'll Get Canadian Aid

February 13, 2014 1:53 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive Sergio Marchionne said Thursday he's more than halfway to getting what he's seeking from the Canadian and Ontario governments for a proposed multibillion upgrade to its Canadian plants.        

China's Auto Sales Growth Tumbles In January

February 13, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese leaders see auto manufacturing as a driver of economic development. But rapid growth has left Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities choking on smog. Some cities have responded by limiting the number of new vehicle registrations.    

China Announces $1.6B Air Pollution Fund

February 13, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fund will be set up to reward rather than offer subsidies for the prevention and control of air pollution in the key areas, according to a statement released after a Wednesday meeting of the State Council led by Premier Li Keqiang.     

Ford China Strong Out Of Gate, Sales Up 53 Pct.

February 12, 2014 2:05 pm | by Ford Motor Company | News | Comments

Ford China gallops into the Year of the Horse with record January sales, posting 53 percent growth and sales of 94,466 wholesale vehicles, compared to 61,567 in January 2013.                      

Chinese Villagers Attack Polluting Factory, Police

February 12, 2014 9:49 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press | News | Comments

Villagers in southwestern China infuriated by a factory that was polluting the environment smashed its offices and equipment, and later clashed with police, underscoring the potential for such concerns to trigger violent unrest.       

U.S. Trade Protest Over India Solar Energy Program

February 11, 2014 1:45 pm | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. brought a trade complaint against India over a solar energy program it says discriminates against American manufacturers, adding another wrinkle to a bilateral relationship strained by the recent arrest and strip-search of an Indian diplomat.

U.S. Will Still Withhold Bangladesh Trade Benefits

February 11, 2014 1:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government says Bangladesh has not made sufficient progress on improving labor standards to justify reinstatement of duty-free trade benefits suspended after the global textile industry's worst disaster.            

5 Ways China's Slowdown Will Ripple Across Globe

February 11, 2014 9:32 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Growth has marched steadily downward over the past two years as Beijing clamped down on a spending boom that analysts worry has pushed debt to dangerous levels. That has meant less Chinese demand for imported goods from copper and cement to factory machinery and earth movers.

U.S. Business Group Wants China To Expedite Reforms

February 10, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. business group is urging China to expedite recently announced economic reforms, saying it will smooth the way for an investment treaty being negotiated between the world's two largest economies.              

Toyota To End Car Manufacturing In Australia

February 10, 2014 9:46 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota's announcement, which will result in the loss of around 2,500 jobs, was widely anticipated, coming just two months after General Motors Co. said it would end production in Australia by 2017. Ford Motor Co. announced in May that it would cease Australian production in 2016.

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