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South Korea's Kia To Invest $1B in Mexico

August 28, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea's Kia Motors Corp. says it will invest more than $1 billion to build a car factory in northern Mexico.                                       

Volvo Finally Goes Domestic in China

August 27, 2014 2:47 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Volvo is hitting the Chinese market for the first time with its first vehicle to be rid of Ford...

Minneapolis Company Spends $350M on Another European Deal

August 27, 2014 9:55 am | by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. medical device maker Medtronic is building stronger ties to Europe, a couple months after...

Boeing Gets $8.8B Airplane Order

August 25, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said Monday that BOC Aviation, an aircraft leasing company based in Singapore, is...

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Whisky's Worries Mirror Economic Fears in Scotland

August 25, 2014 9:47 am | by Martin Benedyk and Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Whisky makers and many other businesses are worried about the risks involved in finding themselves overnight in a new country with, among other things, a different currency.                      

The Alfa Romeo 4C Heads to the U.S.

August 22, 2014 11:33 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

It's been 19 years since an Alfa Romeo has been marketed in the United States. Now that the Alfa Romeo 4C is state-side, Chris Woodyard gives it a drive.                            

Coal Gas Boom in China Holds Climate Change Risks

August 22, 2014 9:34 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The coal-to-gas plants are part of a controversial energy revolution China hopes will help it churn out desperately needed natural gas and electricity while cleaning up the toxic skies above the country's eastern cities.         

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Growth in China's Manufacturing Weakens in August

August 21, 2014 9:33 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Growth in China's vast manufacturing industry weakened in August, suggesting that the recovery in the world's No. 2 economy is losing momentum and Beijing may need to spoon out more stimulus.                  

Report Compares Food Traceability Regulations of 21 Countries

August 20, 2014 2:11 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

A new report evaluates the traceability regulations and requirements of 21 countries, including the U.S., Canada and the EU among others.                                 

China Fines 12 Japanese Firms in Auto Price Probe

August 20, 2014 9:39 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China announced Wednesday it will fine 12 Japanese auto parts suppliers a total of $202 million for colluding to raise prices in an unfolding anti-monopoly probe of the country's auto industry.                 

How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 19, 2014 1:33 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy.           

New Listeria Death Linked to Tainted Meat

August 19, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Danish health officials say a listeria outbreak caused by contaminated meat may have killed an 11th person.                                          

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China: Mercedes Guilty of Price Abuses

August 18, 2014 10:02 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government said Monday it has concluded Mercedes-Benz violated anti-monopoly law and charged excessive prices for parts, adding to a growing number of global automakers snared in an investigation of the industry.               

Why Global Turmoil Hasn't Sunk U.S. Markets. Yet.

August 15, 2014 1:26 pm | by Josh Boak and Bernard Condon, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Here's a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S economy and others, and why the calm in markets may or may not last.                                       

Walmart, The U.S. Conference of Mayors Award $4M To Spark Innovation in American Manufacturing

August 15, 2014 1:13 pm | News | Comments

Walmart, the Walmart Foundation, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), kicked off a new chapter in the modern American manufacturing story today as the global retailer announced the first grant recipients of the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund.

August: Contract Manufacturing

August 15, 2014 10:30 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we take you inside the KEEN utility boot factory, get tips on choosing the right contract manufacturer and help you pick the right abrasive.   

China Panel Fires Adviser Over Ties to Qualcomm

August 14, 2014 10:05 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A panel that advises China's Cabinet on anti-monopoly policy has fired an economist who was paid to help prepare a report for Qualcomm, a U.S. company that is the target of a pricing investigation, according to state media.          

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IP Theft Bites Back in China...Will it Lead to Change?

August 14, 2014 9:57 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In China, incomes are on the rise, and a clear middle class is emerging, meaning Chinese manufacturers are finding a domestic customer base they didn’t have in the past. Perhaps the days of producing only for export are behind them.      

GE To Invest Billions in Africa's People, Infrastructure, Manufacturing

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A few miles outside Durban, South Africa is the Bisasar Road landfill, Africa’s largest refuse site and a big source of renewable energy.                                 

Could Consumers End Outsourcing?

August 13, 2014 1:55 pm | by Alan Nicol | Blogs | Comments

Ultimately, we consumers deserve some blame for the outsourcing phenomenon that has swept through the U.S. and Europe.                                       

Maryland Man Convicted of Exporting to Iran

August 12, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Maryland man has been convicted on charges of exporting American manufactured industrial products to Iran.                                         

Asbestos Pushed in Asia as Product for the Poor

August 12, 2014 10:19 am | by Katy Daigle, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

In India, the world's biggest asbestos importer, it's a $2 billion industry with double-digit annual growth, at least 100 manufacturing plants and some 300,000 jobs.                         

11 Questions To Ask A Contract Manufacturer Before Partnering

August 8, 2014 2:40 pm | by Craig Zoberis, founder and president of Fusion OEM | Articles | Comments

To successfully bring your legacy product to market, you want to ensure you and the contract manufacturer are working together to find the most cost-effective and efficient solutions. The following questions (and answers) act as your official guide to partnering with the right contract manufacturer.

Poultry Firms: Russia Ban Has Little Impact on U.S.

August 8, 2014 1:58 pm | by Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poultry producers say Russia's decision to ban imported U.S. meat won't lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat.                           

Obama Seeks Executive Ways To Limit Tax Inversions

August 7, 2014 1:15 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, the Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American companies from reincorporating overseas to shirk U.S. taxes, officials said Tuesday.          

Trade Gap Narrows to Lowest Level in 5 Months

August 7, 2014 10:15 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell in June to its lowest level since January as imports dropped sharply, led by lower shipments of cellphones, petroleum and cars.                            

Coca-Cola Plant Had Received Threats

August 7, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Coca-Cola distribution plant in southern Mexico had received threats before attackers burned four of its delivery trucks in an area known for drug gang turf battles, the company said.                   

Nestle Profit Falls on Stronger Swiss Franc

August 7, 2014 9:41 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nestle SA saw its sales and profits fall in the first half of the year as a stronger Swiss franc and anemic prices in Europe weighed on the bottom line.                            

China To Ban All Coal Use in Beijing

August 5, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities.                         

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