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Scania Temporarily Halts Truck Production

December 3, 2008 4:15 am | News | Comments

Swedish truckmaker on Wednesday said it will suspend its truck production in Europe for one month because of a drop in orders.


GM's U.S. Sales Plummet 41 Percent

December 2, 2008 12:29 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford’s November sales dropped 31 percent, Toyota's tumbled 34 percent and Honda's fell 32 percent, dashing hopes that the industrywide drop in vehicle demand might be easing.


General Motors: Need $12 Billion By March

December 2, 2008 11:10 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

GM says it needs $4 billion in government loans this month and a total of $12 billion by late March to keep operating, as it plans to slash workers, brands and plants by 2012.


Managing Demand Spikes: Supply Chain Logistics Advice For Meeting The Challenge

December 2, 2008 10:45 am | by John Baushka, Business Director, ATC Logistics & Electronics | Articles | Comments

By John Baushka, Business Director, ATC Logistics & ElectronicsWorking with a third party logistics (3PL) provider with the capability to supply advance logistics planning and execution, along with value-added repair, refurbishment and repackaging can be an attractive option to meet business objectives.

GM, Ford CEOs To Drive Hybrid Cars To D.C. Hearings

December 2, 2008 10:10 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Eager to avoid another scathing lecture from Congress, CEOs of America's two biggest automakers will travel to Washington hearings this week in hybrid vehicles made by their companies.


W.R. Grace Settles Asbestos Case

December 2, 2008 9:59 am | by Ernest Scheyder, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Specialty chemicals maker to pay up to $140 million to settle a class-action lawsuit stemming from its use of an attic-insulating product that contained asbestos.


Brazil's Industrial Production Falls

December 2, 2008 9:20 am | by Alan Clendenning, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Industrial production fell 1.7 percent in October as the global financial meltdown sends shockwaves through Latin America's largest economy.


SEMI: Market For Semiconductor Equipment Shrinking

December 2, 2008 8:14 am | News | Comments

Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International said the market will see a 28 percent decline for 2008 and likely decline another 21 percent in 2009.


Paulson: China Must Continue Currency Reform

December 2, 2008 8:05 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says China must continue allowing its currency to rise in value against the dollar as part of reforms to address trade tensions with the U.S.


Chrysler Says All Sides Made Concessions

December 2, 2008 7:50 am | by Alex Dominguez, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Automaker's president isn't giving details of the business plan that will be presented to Congress, but says it will tackle product mix, vehicle pricing and quality and fiscal responsibility.


Ford Says It May Not Need Help

December 2, 2008 7:30 am | by Ken Thomas and Tom Krisher, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Automaker is asking Congress for a $9 billion "stand-by line of credit" to stabilize its business, but says it doesn't expect to tap it.


Big Three To Submit Restructuring Plans Today

December 2, 2008 7:23 am | by Ken Thomas and Tom Krisher, Associated Press Writers | News | Comments

Automakers are presenting Congress with plans to restructure their ailing companies and provide assurances that the $25 billion funding will help them survive and thrive.


Ford CEO Would Work For $1

December 2, 2008 6:04 am | by Tom Krisher and Kimberly S. Johnson, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

CEO Alan Mulally said he'll work for $1 per year and will cancel all Ford management employees' 2009 bonuses if the automaker has to take any government loan money.


Mayor: Auto Companies Must Not Collapse

December 2, 2008 5:50 am | News | Comments

Lansing, Michigan’s mayor says the government must step in and save the troubled auto industry because it is indispensable to America's national security.


New Nokia Phone To Rival RIM, Apple

December 2, 2008 5:26 am | News | Comments

World's largest cell phone maker launching a new phone next year designed to compete with Apple's iPhone and Research In Motion BlackBerrys at the high end of the market.


European Steel Workers Protest EU Pollution Cap

December 2, 2008 5:15 am | by Constant Brand, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Some 5,000 steel workers protested outside European Union headquarters to demand their industry be exempt from planned emission cuts, which they fear will lead to job losses.


Auto Workers Hold Emergency Bailout Meeting

December 2, 2008 5:12 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

UAW leaders from across the country will hold a meeting in Detroit Wednesday to discuss concessions the union could make to help automakers get government loans.


Amid Recession, Automakers Face Grim U.S. Sales

December 2, 2008 5:00 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Automakers' U.S. sales are plummeting as hard-to-get credit, job losses and other stresses make many Americans wary of taking on big-ticket financial commitments.


Delphi Allowed To Access Loans

December 2, 2008 4:55 am | by Vinnee Tong, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Bankruptcy judge said Monday that auto supplier Delphi can continue to access the proceeds of $4.35 billion in loans after the Dec. 31 expiration date.


Boeing Engineers, Tech Workers Approve Contracts

December 2, 2008 4:47 am | News | Comments

Engineers and technical workers have voted to ratify new contracts, ensuring four years of labor peace at Boeing's commercial airplane operations.



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