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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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