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Toyota To End Lockout At Indian Car Plants

March 20, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motors says it will end a lockout of workers at both of its auto assembly plants in India. The company employs 6,400 people at its two plants outside Bangalore.                       

Honda Celebrates 10 Millionth American-Made Accord

March 20, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda says it reached that mark with a vehicle that came off the assembly line Thursday at Marysville, which was Honda's first auto plant in the U.S.                              

Baucus Wants 'Level Playing Field' For U.S. Businesses In China

March 18, 2014 9:12 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

New U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus embraced the increasingly intertwined relationship between the two countries, saying he would push for fair trade while urging Beijing to respect human rights.         

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Toyota Shuts Down 2 Plants In Lockout Over Wages

March 17, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota said Monday it has shut down production at its two auto-assembly plants in India, locking out 6,400 workers amid testy wage negotiations and allegations of threats against management.                 

Walmart And 3D Systems Work To Rebuild Mfg. Jobs

March 14, 2014 2:06 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Two big announcements yesterday, one from Walmart and one from 3D Systems, push for the creation and reshoring of American manufacturing jobs.                                

Jets Disappear More Frequently Than You Might Think

March 14, 2014 12:35 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been missing for over a week now, and global aviation experts still don’t have an answer. Unfortunately, the case of a missing jet isn't as rare as we’d like to believe.              

Dems Grapple With Dilemma On Keystone XL Pipeline

March 14, 2014 9:55 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dilemma was highlighted Thursday as President Barack Obama's former national security adviser said Obama should approve the pipeline to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a message.                 

Defense Contractor Pleads To Selling Secrets To Chinese Girlfriend

March 14, 2014 9:48 am | by Audrey Mcavoy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Benjamin Bishop, 60, admitted to keeping classified documents at his home, including ones outlining the U.S. Pentagon's China strategy and the U.S. military's force posture in Asia and the Pacific.                

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China Exports Pollution Problem

March 13, 2014 2:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

According to a Bloomberg report, air pollution is becoming one of China’s biggest exports and reaches as far as the U.S. West Coast.                                  

IMF: Income Disparities Can Hurt Economies

March 13, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The International Monetary Fund is warning that wide income inequality can slow economic growth and is proposing ways to reduce it.                                  

5 Bad Signs For Bitcoin

March 13, 2014 9:22 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The hits keep coming for virtual currency Bitcoin. Christine Romans has 5 reasons why Bitcoin may not be the currency of the future.                                     

New Approaches To Contract Manufacturing Open Doors For Manufacturers

March 12, 2014 5:28 pm | by David Douthit, Operations Executive, Accenture | Articles | Comments

Contract manufacturing can be an effective way for companies to extend capacity and add flexibility to their production network, critical benefits in a highly volatile business environment.                 

New Product Launches Hurt Volvo Earnings

March 12, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Describing profitability in the period as "unsatisfactory," the company said Wednesday it would continue cost-cutting measures during 2014, including 4,400 layoffs.                         

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Europe Wants Its Parmesan Back

March 11, 2014 2:23 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test.                                         

Global Growth Likely To Remain Sluggish

March 11, 2014 1:18 pm | by Greg Keller, Associated Press | News | Comments

Global growth is likely to remain sluggish as a slowdown in the developing world undercuts gains in Europe and the United States, a leading international economic body warned Tuesday.                    

Japanese Bitcoin Exchange Files U.S. Bankruptcy Case

March 11, 2014 10:06 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The collapse of Japan's Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange is spilling into U.S. bankruptcy court as the company scrambles for legal cover after losing digital currency valued at $473 million.                    

Flaws Found In Bangladesh Garment Factories

March 11, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Inspections of Bangladesh garment factories under a new safety initiative have found cracked support beams, substandard building materials, and exposed electrical cables chewed by rats.                    

Top Banana: Chiquita And Fyffes To Merge

March 10, 2014 2:44 pm | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fruit supply companies Chiquita of the United States and Fyffes of Ireland said Monday they had agreed to merge to create the world's biggest banana supplier.                           

Germany Says It Didn't Bow To NSA

March 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany has dismissed a claim by NSA leaker Edward Snowden that it bowed to U.S. demands to water down legal protection for German citizens.                               

China Auto Sales Rise But Local Brands Struggle

March 10, 2014 1:43 pm | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Global automakers are spending heavily to develop models for Chinese tastes. This is squeezing fledgling domestic brands that lag in technology, as buyers who used to see them as entry-level purchases demand better quality.         

Group: 1,500 Factories To Be Inspected In Bangladesh

March 10, 2014 1:40 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

About 1,500 factories in Bangladesh are on track to be inspected by the end of August as part of a safety pact signed by more than 150 clothing brands and 20 countries, according to organizers of the pact.              

China's February Exports Plunge

March 10, 2014 9:42 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's exports plunged by an unexpectedly large 18 percent in February, possibly denting hopes trade will help drive the slowing economy while communist leaders push ambitious promised reforms.                

Texas Tech Firm Had 20 Employees On Missing Plane

March 10, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Twenty employees of an Austin-based technology company on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight were en route to a business meeting in China, a spokeswoman for the tech firm said.                   

Nissan: Thai Political Turmoil Temporary

March 7, 2014 2:02 pm | by Oliver Teves, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's second largest automaker said Friday it remains optimistic about Southeast Asia's auto market despite political turmoil in Thailand, one of the region's key car manufacturers.                    

Ford Reshoring Truck Production From Mexico To Ohio

March 7, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The production shift from Mexico is part of the collective bargaining agreement Ford and the United Auto Workers negotiated in 2011.                                    

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