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Mexico vs. China Manufacturing: Who Has The Upper Hand?

May 5, 2014 3:11 pm | by Adam Robinson, Cerasis, Inc. - @Cerasis | Blogs | Comments

The reshoring trend has gotten a lot of attention of late, as American companies that once outsourced jobs overseas are bringing them home. But jobs aren't just coming home — they're also going to Mexico. So who has the upper hand, China or Mexico?

Chinese Manufacturing Shrinks For 4th Month

May 5, 2014 9:22 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing contracted in April for the fourth straight month but the pace of decline was less severe, suggesting the downturn in the world's No. 2 economy is bottoming out.                    

Senators Voice Doubts On Obama Trade Agenda

May 2, 2014 10:05 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers provided a reality check Thursday to the Obama administration's optimism overs its trade agenda following some progress in key negotiations with Japan.                          

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AstraZeneca Rejects Sweetened Bid From Pfizer

May 2, 2014 9:53 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The board of pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca on Friday flatly rejected drug maker Pfizer's sweetened takeover offer just hours after it was leveled, describing it as inadequate.                    

Chinese Manufacturing Growth Weak In April

May 1, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese manufacturing grew weakly in April, suggesting a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy is stabilizing, an industry group said Thursday.                            

Malaysia Releases Preliminary MH370 Report

May 1, 2014 1:42 pm | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Air traffic controllers did not realize that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was missing until 17 minutes after it disappeared from civilian radar, according to a preliminary report on the plane's disappearance.             

IMF Raises Economic Growth Outlook For China

April 28, 2014 1:20 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The International Monetary Fund raised its economic growth forecast for China on Monday but warned that its financial system faces risks due to the rapid expansion of debt.                       

Chinese Shoe Factory Strike Partially Ends

April 28, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Most of the tens of thousands of workers who were striking at a massive Chinese shoe factory complex have returned to the job, labor activists said Saturday, enabling Adidas to resume production there.                

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China Wants More Transparency From Polluters

April 25, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China has changed its environment law for the first time in 25 years, instituting public oversight of companies and allowing for unlimited fines against persistent polluters.                      

Study Says U.S. Manufacturers Gaining Competitiveness

April 25, 2014 9:40 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturers have grown more competitive over the past decade compared with factories in China, Brazil and most of the world's other major economies.                           

China Opening 8 State Industries For Investment

April 24, 2014 2:14 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's government says it will open 80 projects in eight state-run industries to private and foreign investors as part of efforts to make its slowing economy more productive.                     

A Year After Tragic Factory Collapse, Bangladeshis Suffer

April 24, 2014 9:28 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work.                

Survey: China Manufacturing Continues To Shrink

April 23, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Factory activity in China shrank for the fourth straight month in April, but at a slightly slower pace, in a possible sign the slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy is stabilizing.                     

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Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed To The U.S. Next?

April 23, 2014 9:48 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A recent survey from Entrada Group posits a rather interesting conclusion: the U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second, and China falling far behind.           

U.S. Investigating Mexican Sugar Exports, Price

April 22, 2014 2:12 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating allegations that Mexico is exporting far more sugar than it has in the past and selling it in the U.S. at below fair market price.                      

Climate Change May Shake Up Coffee Market

April 22, 2014 1:51 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Pests, rising heat, and extreme temperatures resulting from climate change could affect where coffee can be grown around the world by 2050, devastating some communities.                        

U.S. Rules Against Turkey, Mexico In Steel Dispute

April 22, 2014 1:38 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's administration on Monday sided with American steel producers in a politically charged international trade dispute.                                

Tesla Plans Expansion In China

April 22, 2014 10:10 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tesla Motors Inc. delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China on Tuesday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will build a nationwide network of charging stations and service centers as fast as it can.            

We Are In The Post-Industrial Economy

April 22, 2014 10:07 am | by Mike Collins, Author | Blogs | Comments

The reality is that today’s big corporations are really only focused on three things — cost reduction, profitability, and increasing returns to their investors. We cannot and should not depend on them to address the middle class or the decline of American manufacturing.

No End In Sight For China Shoe Factory Strike

April 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Didi Tang and Kelvin K. Chan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas.       

Lawmakers Demand Sanctions On Russia's Chemicals

April 21, 2014 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries.                         

Fiat And Chrysler Building 3 Jeep Models In China

April 21, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States.                            

GM To Boost China Production Capacity To 5M

April 21, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. and its Chinese partners are in the midst of what the company has said is a $12 billion investment program through 2017.                                

Brewers Campaign to Bring Belgians Back to Beer

April 18, 2014 2:20 pm | by Raf Casert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Beer consumption in Belgium has dropped 27 percent since 1992, and brewers are trying to reverse this trend.                                         

Why BMW Is Making Cars In The USA

April 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

BMW's North American President Ludwig Willisch talks about why the company is manufacturing its X series cars in South Carolina.                                  

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