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Lawyer: Owners Not Liable For Bangladesh Factory Fire

February 10, 2014 9:36 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Tazreen factory, located outside the capital, Dhaka, produced clothing for major retailers including Wal-Mart. Investigators say it had no emergency exits and workers found the gates locked from the outside.              

Manufacturing Decline Is A Misconception

February 10, 2014 9:32 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Even in our turbulent global economy, the popular idea of declining farms and factories is largely unfounded. UN and World Bank data show that food and manufacturing output are growing everywhere, but remain hidden by the faster-growing services sector.

U.S. Trade Deficit Up In December To $38.7B

February 6, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit increased in December after hitting a four-year low in November. But for the year, the deficit fell to its lowest point since 2009 as exports rose to an all-time high.                  

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Group: Bangladesh Workers Threatened Over Union

February 6, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A human rights group said Thursday that garment factory owners in Bangladesh have been intimidating and threatening workers who try to organize trade unions.                           

GM Holden Cutting 2,900 Jobs In Australia

February 6, 2014 9:34 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Ashlynne McGhee reports live for ABC News on Holden's decision to cease manufacturing in Australia. This news provides a big blow to a country that was recently told Ford will also stop Austrialian production.            

Honda To Build New Motorbike Plant In India

February 5, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With the enhanced annual production capacity of 5.8 million units in India, Honda aims to reach top spot in the country's market. The Japanese manufacturer now ranks second in market share behind its former joint venture partner Hero group of India.

How Outsourcing Went Horribly Wrong

February 5, 2014 9:23 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

There is much debate over the effectiveness of the outsourcing strategy, the affect it has had on “American” brand quality, and the affect it is having on the U.S. economy and its ability to pull out of the current recession. In some cases, it has proven to be a good move. In some cases it has proven disastrous.

On Chrysler’s Dismissals, Shaky U.S. Credibility

February 5, 2014 9:15 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Amid the news that Chrysler was being merged with its Italian owners Fiat, and many still-unanswered questions about the future of what used to be one of America’s “Big 3” automakers, the company has doubled-down on its very U.S.-focused — and some say ironically xenophobic — advertising scheme.

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Groups: Meat Labeling Rules Could Start Trade War

February 4, 2014 9:56 am | by Dirk Lammers, Associated Press | News | Comments

Previous labeling rules required only the country of origin to be noted, such as "Product of U.S." or "Product of U.S. and Canada." New rules require that labels for steaks, ribs, and other cuts of meat include clear information about where the animals were born, raised, and slaughtered.

U.S. Stocks Slide On Manufacturing Data

February 3, 2014 1:49 pm | by Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. stocks fell sharply in afternoon trading Monday, pushing down the Dow Jones industrial average more than 260 points as investors worried about reports of sluggish growth in the U.S. economy. The decline adds to losses racked up by the market in January.

GM's Opel Extends No-Layoff Deal At German Plants

February 3, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Saturday's announcement comes days after new GM chief executive Mary Barra visited Opel's headquarters in Ruesselsheim and said the company's plant there will get the job of building a new vehicle. She reiterated a commitment to turn around the unit after years of losses.

March In Spain To Protest Coca-Cola Plant Closures

February 3, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several thousand people have marched from a Coca-Cola bottling plant in a southwestern suburb to downtown Madrid to protest the company's plan to close four plants in Spain and lay off workers.                 

Global Watchdog Says Indian Cars Fail Safety Test

January 31, 2014 2:14 pm | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

The results are an indictment of the auto industry in India, which lacks adequate safety standards, said David Ward, head of the London car-safety watchdog Global NCAP, which performed the crash tests. India has some of the deadliest roads in the world.

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Honda's 3Q Profit Doubles, Sales Get Weak Yen Boost

January 31, 2014 9:56 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co. reported on Friday a 160.7 billion yen ($1.58 billion) net profit for the October-December fiscal third quarter, up from 77.4 billion yen the year before.                       

Abbott To Close Puerto Rico Manufacturing Plant

January 31, 2014 9:30 am | by Danica Coto, Associated Press | News | Comments

Abbott Laboratories is closing one of its manufacturing plants in the Puerto Rico town of Barceloneta next year, delivering another blow to the U.S. territory's once-thriving pharmaceutical sector, officials said Thursday.         

2014 UK Automotive Production Looks Bright

January 30, 2014 9:27 am | by SMMT | Videos | Comments

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, discusses UK car, commercial vehicle, and engine manufacturing performance in 2013. Ford of Britain Managing Director, Mark Ovenden, and other automotive executives also give insights into the year's performance and their expectations for 2014.

Dutch Find More Horsemeat In Beef Products

January 29, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dutch Foods and Wares Authority says it has "preventatively" blocked all shipments from a Dutch slaughterhouse after investigators found horsemeat in four shipments that were labeled as beef products.             

AAM On SOTU: Rosy Picture, Slow Progress On Manufacturing

January 29, 2014 10:16 am | by The Alliance For American Manufacturing (AAM) | News | Comments

"This is the third consecutive State of the Union in which there has been a strong rhetorical focus on manufacturing, and that’s welcome. But the progress, despite the rosy picture painted by the President, has been painfully slow. And in some cases, such as the trade deficit with China, we’ve seen backsliding."

Chrysler, Fiat Move Forward As Single Company With New Name

January 29, 2014 9:49 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Fiat's board of directors agreed on the name Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, with headquarters for tax purposes in the United Kingdom. But the board sidestepped the thorny political issue of whether the true headquarters would be in the United States or Italy.

India Lifts Ban On World's Largest Passenger Plane

January 28, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite ever-growing passenger numbers, India restricted Airbus A380 flights in 2008 in an effort to help struggling domestic carriers cope with global competition. Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said that lifting the restrictions would help bring more revenue to airports and boost India's international reputation as a flight destination.

Suicide Suspected In Death Of Bangladesh Survivor

January 28, 2014 10:01 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 27-year-old seamstress who was among those pulled alive last year from the rubble of a horrific Bangladesh factory collapse has died, officials said Monday. Police are investigating the case as a possible suicide. Salma was rescued several days after the illegally constructed, eight-story Rana Plaza collapsed, killing 1,129 people.

Bombardier Close To Russian Production Deal

January 27, 2014 1:21 pm | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A deal to establish a joint venture with state corporation Rostec could lead to some 100 turboprops, valued at US$3.4 billion at list prices, being built for the Russian market. The deal, which local media in Russia says will see production start this year, flows from a series of preliminary agreements signed last August.

Auto Makers Turn To India For Sourcing Engines

January 27, 2014 12:25 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co, which exports its Figo small car and EcoSport compact sport-utility vehicle from India, plans to source a new generation of small-capacity petrol engines, called Dragon, from its local unit.             

German TV: Snowden Says NSA Also Spies On Industry

January 27, 2014 9:17 am | by Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the interview aired Sunday night on German public television broadcaster ARD, Snowden said if German engineering company Siemens had information that would benefit the U.S., but had nothing to do with national security needs, the National Security Agency would still use it.

Engineering Services Market Heading Abroad

January 27, 2014 8:53 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Previously, IMPO has covered the reshoring and nearshoring trends that are bringing jobs back to the U.S. and bordering countries. These trends are prevalent in the manufacturing production sector, as companies are finding the increasing costs of doing business abroad a deterrent to outsourcing. But according to the Information Services Group (ISG), this trend is not the same for engineering services.

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