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Jaguar Land Rover, Chery Sign China JV

March 21, 2012 10:05 am | by Erika Kinetz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Jaguar Land Rover and China's Chery Automobile Co. plan to start a joint venture to make and sell luxury vehicles in China, the companies said Wednesday.

Slow Motion Sandwich

March 21, 2012 8:19 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

There is always an opportunity to succeed just as much as there is one to fail.

China Explores Bolivia Lithium Investments

March 20, 2012 10:15 am | by Carlos Valdez, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bolivia's government says the country possesses more than 70 percent of the world's reserves of lithium.


The Fractured Art Of Innovation

March 16, 2012 2:41 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

On the subject of invention, there are those who insist that creativity cannot be forced, and those who insist that process and tools drive strong innovation.

United Tech To Sell Rocket Engine Businesses

March 16, 2012 9:53 am | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

United Technologies Corp. said that it will sell its rocket engine and wind power businesses to help finance its $16.5 billion purchase of aerospace supplier Goodrich Corp.

Honda Mulls New Auto Plant In Indonesia

March 14, 2012 2:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Honda is planning to beef up its existing facilities in Indonesia and largely increase its annual production capacity.

Canada Not Ruling Out Canceling F-35 Buy

March 14, 2012 10:12 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Julian Fantino said that Canada is considering "if and when" to sign a contract for the Lockheed Martin manufactured jet.

Kohler Acquires Brazilian Generator Company

March 14, 2012 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Wisconsin manufacturing company says its acquired Maquigeral for part of its power systems group.


Let Me Count the Ways China Is Stealing our Secrets, Part 2

March 13, 2012 4:45 pm | by Michael P. Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

I think it is becoming more obvious that we are indeed in a trade war with China, and we are losing.

Obama Warns China Against 'Skirting The Rules'

March 13, 2012 2:25 pm | by Julie Pace, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama warned China Tuesday that it would not be allowed to gain a competitive advantage in world trade by "skirting the rules."

U.S., EU, Japan Challenge China Over Minerals Trade

March 13, 2012 10:20 am | by Don Melvin, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States, the European Union, and Japan filed complaints with the WTO charging that China is limiting its export of rare earths that are vital to the production of technology components.

Brazil Wants Mexico To Limit Car Exports

March 12, 2012 2:13 pm | by Stan Lehman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Brazilian government officially asked Mexico to set a $1.4B annual limit on the auto exports it ships to Brazil, an official with direct knowledge of trade talks between the nations said.

Visteon Sells Automotive Lighting Unit For $92M

March 12, 2012 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Visteon said the sale will allow it to concentrate on making climate-control and electronics products for vehicle manufacturers and on its joint ventures.


iPad Dominates Due To Apple's Supply Deals

March 9, 2012 10:00 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple certainly has lots of buzz and corporate cache behind its products, but there's a hidden — almost mundane — reason its newest iPad is likely to dominate the competition: the advantageous deals the company cuts with components manufacturers.

House Passes Bipartisan Bill To Help Startups

March 9, 2012 9:56 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press | News | Comments

House lawmakers on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a package of bills making it easier for small businesses and startups to raise the capital they need to grow and hire new workers.

Alliances The Buzz Word For Europe Auto Survival

March 7, 2012 2:29 pm | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The brutal European car market is pushing many automakers to look for partners for new technology and access to fresh markets without reinventing the wheel.

Israel Stunned By Defense Contract Ban

March 7, 2012 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Israel says it is "surprised" by a decision by India's defense ministry to ban a leading Israeli weapons manufacturer from bidding on Indian defense contracts for the next decade.

Separated Rare Earth Oxides From Multiple Feedstocks

March 6, 2012 4:56 pm | Articles | Comments

IMC's plans to provide end-use consumers of rare earths with the opportunity to own production capacity for the specific rare-earth products that they need, without being locked into fixed prices.

Congress Approves Punitive Tariffs Against China

March 6, 2012 2:08 pm | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is moving to reaffirm that the government has the right to impose higher tariffs on goods from countries that subsidize their exports to the United States.

Marchionne Urges EU To Move On Overcapacity

March 6, 2012 2:05 pm | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat and Chrysler's CEO said that European officials need to provide a "concerted road map" for the auto industry to close idled plants — or risk the failure of European automakers.

iPad Dispute Signals New Era In Trademark Troubles

March 6, 2012 10:10 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's importance as a major consumer market is bringing fresh headaches for companies, and even celebrities, seeking to protect and claim brand names.

Panasonic Agrees To Sell TV Plant

March 5, 2012 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic has finalized an agreement on the sale of its liquid crystal display manufacturing plant to a new display venture to be created by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.

EU Group Protests China-Model Auto Purchase List

March 5, 2012 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Chamber of Commerce in China said it is disappointed with a proposed list for official auto purchases that includes only car models from Chinese automakers.

Bankruptcy Threatens iPad Trademark Challenger

March 5, 2012 10:19 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A major creditor of Proview Electronics, which is challenging Apple's use of the iPad trademark, has moved to have the ailing computer monitor maker liquidated, reports said.

GM To Suspend Chevrolet Volt Production

March 5, 2012 10:12 am | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A GM spokesman said that the company will shut down production of the Volt from until April 23, idling 1,300 workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

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