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EU Slaps Levies On Chinese Solar Panel Imports

June 4, 2013 1:55 pm | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union announced Tuesday that it is imposing anti-dumping levies on imports of Chinese solar panels, in a move that could trigger a trade war between two of the world's largest economies. EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said the 27-nation bloc will impose a tariff of about 12 percent on the import of solar panels, cells and wafers.

Siemens Acquires UK-Based Preactor

June 3, 2013 1:41 pm | by Siemens | News | Comments

By acquiring the Preactor Group headquartered in Chippenham in the UK, Siemens further expand its international lead in the industry software market. Preactor’s APS software solutions will add significant new components to the Siemens Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) portfolio.

Singapore Airlines Places Big Order For New Jets

May 31, 2013 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Singapore Airlines said Thursday that it ordered 60 new planes from Boeing and Airbus that carry a combined list price of more than $17 billion. The orders were evenly split — 30 planes from U.S.-based Boeing and 30 from Europe's Airbus. Airlines typically get deep discounts on planes, and Singapore did not say how much it will pay the manufacturers.

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Motorola: 1st U.S.-Assembled Smartphones Coming

May 30, 2013 2:21 pm | by Will Weissert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cellphone pioneer Motorola says it's opening a manufacturing facility that will produce the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S. — its new flagship device, Moto X. The Texas site was once used by fellow phone manufacturer Nokia, meaning it was designed to produce mobile devices, said Will Moss, a spokesman for Motorola Mobility, which is owned by Google.

Creating Better Jobs For Manufacturing’s Comeback

May 29, 2013 8:00 am | by Ray Attiyah, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Definity Partners | Articles | Comments

Scan through the business section of the news, and you’re likely to see stories about the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing, about how companies are moving jobs back to the United States because of the rising cost of manufacturing in (and shipping to and from) China. Certainly good news for American manufacturers, but I would argue that this trend is not what the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing should be built on.

Germany: Merkel Vows To Avoid Trade War With China

May 28, 2013 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday she would use her country's economic clout to prevent the European Union from imposing punitive tariffs on some Chinese products to avoid a trade war. Germany will push for "very intense talks" between the EU and China to seek a negotiated solution as swiftly as possible, the leader of Europe's biggest economy told visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Cheap Energy Will Bring Back U.S. Jobs

May 28, 2013 12:39 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Manufacturing growth in parts of the U.S. is moving at the same rate or better than emerging markets growth, while some parts of the country are still struggling and possibly clouding the picture of growth. Analyst Meredith Whitney says that the flood of cheap, natural gas will ultimately bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.

Bridge Collapse A Major Break In Trade Corridor

May 28, 2013 10:17 am | by Donna Gordon Blankinship, Associated Press | News | Comments

For farmers, business owners and government officials up and down the West Coast, Washington's bridge collapse on Interstate 5 represents much more than a close brush with tragedy. As much as $20 billion in freight travels to and from Canada and along the busy north-south corridor each year.

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China, Switzerland To Seal Free Trade Deal

May 24, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is in Switzerland to seal a free trade pact with the Alpine nation — the first comprehensive agreement his country has reached with a major western economy. Li met with Swiss officials in Zurich on Friday to conclude three years of negotiations.

Microsoft Director: 'Manufacturing Is A Hotbed Of Innovation'

May 24, 2013 2:12 pm | Articles | Comments

With a primary focus on the ERP offerings within Microsoft’s Dynamics platform, Melissa Cook, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Dynamics holds a unique perspective not only on software, IT, and manufacturing, but how they all fit together in solving industry problems and pushing the manufacturing sector forward collectively.

Boeing Examining Speed-Ups On 787, 737

May 22, 2013 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing may accelerate production of two of its most popular planes — the 787 and the 737. It's already doubling 787 production, from 5 per month last year, on its way toward 10 per month by the end of this year. The efficiency of the 787, Boeing's newest plane, has made it very popular with airlines. The company has orders for more than 800 that it hasn't built yet.

Record Amount Of Cargo Passes Through GA Ports

May 21, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A record 2.4 million tons of cargo moved through the state's ports in April, Georgia Ports Authority officials announced Monday. April's record is an increase of about 108,530 tons over the same time period last year. In a release, GPA officials said the state's ports also saw a 4 percent increase in container traffic and a 14.1 increase in roll on/roll off cargo in April.

Walmart Pushing For More U.S. Product Makers

May 21, 2013 10:16 am | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press | News | Comments

With labor and energy costs on the rise in Asia, Walmart highlighted an effort to promote domestic goods on Monday, including products made by more than 40 Arkansas suppliers. Bentonville-based Walmart is encouraging customers to buy items made in the United States. In the company's home state, the effort includes a red, white and black placard bearing the slogan "Arkansas' Own."

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CAT Purchase In China Gets Huge Price Cut

May 17, 2013 12:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar will pay $135 million less for a Chinese mining equipment company after uncovering dodgy accounting practices that inflated its value. Caterpillar announced a non-cash $580 million charge earlier this year related to the sale after uncovering "accounting misconduct" during an internal investigation of ERA Mining Machinery Ltd. and its subsidiary Zhengzhou Siwei Mechanical & Electrical Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Building U.S. Manufacturing Strength

May 17, 2013 11:19 am | Articles | Comments

Douglas K. Woods, President of The Association For Manufacturing Technology, discusses the state of U.S. manufacturing, job development, and what the industry can expect going forward. While today’s manufacturing industry is more sophisticated and high tech than ever before, he says, the industry still needs to address some critical issues to be successful in the future.

Trade Group Slams Safety Pact For Bangladesh

May 16, 2013 2:21 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

The largest U.S. retail-industry group on Wednesday criticized an international pact aimed at improving factory conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry, saying it was a "one-size-fits-all" approach promoted by special interests. The five-year, legally binding contract requires them to help pay for fire safety and building improvements in Bangladesh.

Honda To Return To F1 As Engine Supplier

May 16, 2013 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese car manufacturer Honda is returning to Formula One in 2015 as an engine supplier to the automaker's former partner McLaren of Britain. Honda president Takanobu Ito announced the decision at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday.

Second Life For Boeing Airplanes

May 16, 2013 8:00 am | by Boeing | Videos | Comments

Boeing has earned a reputation for its commitment to environmental strategies, positioning itself as an industry leader in developing ways to lessen environmental impact. One example of that is through its aircraft recycling program. Take a look at some of the ways Boeing is providing a second life to reclaimed and certified airplane parts and materials.

Boeing Resumes 787 Deliveries After 4-Month Halt

May 15, 2013 2:05 pm | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boeing restarted deliveries of 787s on Tuesday after a four-month halt while it dealt with the smoldering batteries that had kept the planes grounded. Boeing handed the plane over to Japan's All Nippon Airways at its factory in Everett, Wash.

Paradise Lost For Asian Manufacturers

May 15, 2013 12:55 pm | by ReutersTV | Videos | Comments

Cheap labor and fast production once made Asia a near-nirvana for Western retailers and manufacturers. Massive factories and a yound population with a strong work ethic created an ideal production location. But as risks, and costs, rise, many of these Western businesses are planning to shift their production closer to home.

General Motors To Sell Van Made By Nissan

May 14, 2013 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan Motor Co. and General Motors Co. have signed a deal for Nissan to build small commercial vans that GM will sell in the U.S. and Canada, the companies said Tuesday. The vans will be based on the Nissan NV200 and will be sold at Chevrolet dealers starting in the fall of 2014.

PwC: Strategies To Enhance Business Opportunities In India

May 14, 2013 8:00 am | by PwC | Articles | Comments

According to PwC, India has potential to be the fastest-growing large economy in the world over the next four decades, but businesses find its economic and cultural diversity, complicated policy-making processes and uneven development difficult to navigate.

Natural Gas Export Plans Stir Debate

May 13, 2013 2:28 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

A domestic natural gas boom already has lowered U.S. energy prices while stoking fears of environmental disaster. Now U.S. producers are poised to ship vast quantities of gas overseas as energy companies seek permits for proposed export projects that could set off a renewed frenzy of fracking.

Leaving Bangladesh? Not An Easy Choice For Brands

May 13, 2013 2:18 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Bangladesh offers the global garment industry something unique: Millions of workers who quickly churn out huge amounts of well-made underwear, jeans and T-shirts for the lowest wages in the world. But since a building collapse April 24 killed at least 1,100 garment workers in Bangladesh in one of the deadliest industrial tragedies in history, the country has gone from one of the industry's greatest assets to one of its biggest liabilities.

Building Apple's iPhone Doesn't Pay Like It Used To

May 13, 2013 11:52 am | by ReutersTV | Videos | Comments

Apple's legendary profit margins may be challenged if the firm releases its long-rumored low-end iPhone later this year. But the ones really feeling the pinch will be its suppliers. Apple does none of its own production and relies on Asia's contract makers - the biggest of the bunch being Foxconn. Foxconn draws an estimated 60 to 70 percent of its business from work commissioned by Apple.

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