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Philip Morris Ending Cigarette Production In Netherlands

April 4, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Philip Morris International will end cigarette production at its factory in the Netherlands as Europeans break the smoking habit for both financial and health reasons.                        

Reshoring And Revitalizing The American Supply Chain Network

April 4, 2014 10:02 am | by Frank Russo, Chief Executive Officer, Fabricating.com | Articles | Comments

Many past decisions to offshore manufacturing were based on price alone. Today, manufacturers are looking at more than just price when considering sourcing decisions and production locations.                 

Old Habits Embarrass Samsung, LG Abroad

April 3, 2014 1:59 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

How could an international company that wants to be seen as an innovator and spends more than $11 billion a year on advertising and promotions so badly misjudge its audience?                       

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U.S. Trade Deficit Hits $42.3B

April 3, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit climbed to the highest level in five months in February as demand for American exports fell while imports increased slightly.                             

Wave Of Suicides Caused By Work Culture?

April 3, 2014 9:51 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Orange France has seen a second slew of worker suicides in the last decade. Some that work there say the stress of privatizing the telecom company has been overwhelming.                       

Ford's Russian Venture Is Struggling

April 2, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. says its Russian joint venture is cutting 950 jobs due to falling sales and the declining value of the ruble.                                     

German Brewers Fined $319M For Cartel

April 2, 2014 1:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's antitrust authority has fined a group of brewers 231.2 million euros ($319 million) for their part in alleged illegal beer-price fixing — the second round of punishment in the case.                 

EU Imposes $416M Fine On Power Cable Cartel

April 2, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust authority is imposing a 302 million-euro ($416 million) fine against 11 producers of high voltage power cables for operating a cartel.                         

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Marchionne: Fiat Chrysler Can Boost Output To 6M Cars

March 31, 2014 2:00 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Marchionne said that the merged company will be able to increase production to more than 6 million cars a year, a level he says is the minimum for an automaker to compete globally.               

Head Of VW's Lone U.S. Plant Going Back To Germany

March 28, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Frank Fischer, who has headed Volkswagen's only U.S. plant in Chattanooga since its construction, is leaving to manage the automaker's factory in Emden, Germany.                         

GM's Opel To Pull Out Of China

March 28, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co.'s Opel unit will end its small presence in the Chinese market — a decision its chief executive describes as long-overdue.                               

GE Develops Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

March 27, 2014 1:48 pm | by GE Research | Videos | Comments

Take a spin around the globe with GE as they highlight five manufacturing technologies GE researchers are developing.                                      

GlaxoSmithKline Recalls Drug After Foreign Pills Found In Bottles

March 27, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling the weight loss drug Alli after receiving reports of unknown pills and tablets in the bottles.                                     

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ANA Orders $17B In Jets From Airbus, Boeing

March 27, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ANA is ordering 70 aircraft with a list price of 1.7 trillion yen ($17 billion) from Boeing Co. and Airbus, in the largest order in the Japanese carrier's history.                         

Global Unrest Does Affect U.S. Manufacturing

March 25, 2014 2:06 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

As tensions between Russia and the United States continue to increase, global businesses will face disruption and, for some, opportunity.                                  

35 Countries Promise To Boost Nuclear Security

March 25, 2014 1:34 pm | by Mike Corder, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thirty-five countries pledged Tuesday to turn international guidelines on nuclear security into national laws, a move aimed at preventing terrorists from getting their hands on nuclear material.                

NSA Hacks Huawei: Is This The New World Of Business?

March 24, 2014 2:54 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Over this past weekend it was reported that U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei.                                   

Climate Report: Warming Is Big Risk For People

March 24, 2014 2:31 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The key message from leaked drafts and interviews with the authors and other scientists: The big risks and overall effects of global warming are far more immediate and local than scientists once thought.              

Malaysia Says Missing Flight Crashed In Indian Ocean

March 24, 2014 2:22 pm | by Eileen Ng and Todd Pitman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, the nation's prime minister said Monday night, citing a new analysis of satellite data.                      

Survey: China Manufacturing Falls To 8-Month Low

March 24, 2014 1:59 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing fell to an eight-month low in March in another sign of slowing growth in the world's No. 2 economy.                                     

Nokia-Microsoft Delayed Until April

March 24, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. says the sale of its mobile phone unit to Microsoft will be delayed until next month because it is still waiting for approval from regulatory authorities in Asia.                     

Bangladesh Factory Collapse Victims Want Compensation

March 24, 2014 9:59 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bangladesh has begun compiling details about the victims of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse as part of a global compensation deal, but dozens of people have taken to the streets demanding a more complete accounting of the disaster.      

Bombardier: Unrest In Ukraine Could Delay Russian Deal

March 21, 2014 9:50 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The international crises over events in Crimea could affect Bombardier's efforts to finalize negotiations for a joint venture to build Q-400 turboprops in Russia, the manufacturer said Thursday.                

Ex-Microsoft Worker Accused Of Leaking Trade Secrets

March 20, 2014 2:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FBI agents arrested a former Microsoft employee Wednesday on charges that he stole trade secrets from the company and leaked them to a blogger.                                

Jet Mystery Unfolds Amid Asian Air Travel Boom

March 20, 2014 2:20 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The transfixing mystery of the Malaysia Airlines jet that went missing with 239 people on board has unfolded in a region where air travel is undergoing supercharged growth after decades of being beyond the reach of most people.       

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