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Unilever Closing Canadian Plant, Moving Production To U.S.

May 9, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Unilever plant in Bramalea, Ont. that manufactures dry mixes for soups, sauces and other foods, will close and its production capability shipped to the United States, the company announced Thursday.               

Chinese Auto Sales Rebound In April

May 9, 2014 9:21 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Passenger vehicle sales rose 11.6 percent to 1.6 million vehicles. That was up from March's 7.9 percent growth.                                        

Battery Watering Technologies Partners With Wetac To Cover Europe

May 8, 2014 11:04 am | by Battery Watering Technologies | News | Comments

Battery Watering Technologies is excited to announce the partnership with Wetac Motive Power to provide distribution for battery watering systems and accessories throughout Europe.                    

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Toyota Sees Record Profit, Vehicle Sales

May 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota chalked up a record annual profit and sales above 10 million vehicles for the first time, but forecasts a slower year ahead as the momentum from a weak yen fades.                       

Slowing Chinese Economy Likely To Pinch U.S.

May 7, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It is estimated that each 1 percentage point drop in China's economic growth causes as much damage to the U.S. economy as a $20-a-barrel increase in oil prices.                              

What Does ‘Made In America’ Really Mean?

May 6, 2014 1:25 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Imported products sold in the United States, from clothing to cars, contain far more U.S. parts or other value, and support significantly more American jobs than consumers or policymakers realize.         

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.                    

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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.                          

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.                       

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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.                

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.                     

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.

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