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European Manufacturing Strategies (EMS) 2008

June 5, 2008 12:18 pm | Events

Europe’s leading strategic event for process and discrete manufacturers is the conference and networking event that will deliver answers to the key questions...

Chrysler Could Follow GM, Ford Production Cuts

June 5, 2008 12:14 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

With truck and SUV sales tumbling and its U.S.-based competitors either closing factories or cutting production, Chrysler may be the next to announce further cuts.

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DOJ: Honeywell Bulletproof Vests Faulty, Sues Company

June 5, 2008 12:00 pm | by Donna Borak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Justice Dept. suing diversified manufacturer Honeywell International Inc. for selling material used in bulletproof vests that it alleges the company knew was defective.

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Report: Detroit Automakers Closing Productivity Gap

June 5, 2008 12:00 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Harbour Report on manufacturing says Detroit automakers almost erased a productivity gap with their Asian rivals in 2007 thanks to worker buyouts and leaner plants.

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EU Officials Disagree Over Greenhouse Gas Cuts

June 5, 2008 11:45 am | by Robert Wielaard, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Emissions cuts, together with energy savings and the promotion of clean energies, is part of a package of measures that EU wants to see adopted by year's end.

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VW: Plant Decision On Track For July

June 5, 2008 11:36 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Volkswagen remains on track to make a decision in July on where it will build an assembly plant in the U.S., the company's North American chief said.

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TomTom Completes Tele Atlas Acquisition

June 5, 2008 11:33 am | News | Comments

Dutch navigational company sealed its arduous $4.3 billion takeover bid of digital mapmaker Tele Atlas NV.

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Whirlpool Corporation VP, CTO To Retire

June 5, 2008 7:05 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Manufacturer of major home appliances announced the retirement of executive vice president and chief technology officer Mike Thieneman, effective June 30, 2008.

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Hyundai Begins Construction On First Russian Plant

June 5, 2008 6:50 am | News | Comments

New plant will be an 'an important production base that completes Hyundai's global expansion plans,' the company said in a statement.

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Ford To Cut Salaried Work Force By 15 Percent

June 5, 2008 6:45 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

President of the Americas Mark Fields said in an e-mail message sent to workers Thursday the cuts will take place by Aug. 1.

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Simmons Kids Recalling Crib Mattresses

June 5, 2008 6:37 am | News | Comments

Unit of Simmons Manufacturing Co. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission voluntarily recalled about 20,000 crib mattresses due to a potential infant entrapment hazard.

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Church & Dwight Building Energy Efficient Plant

June 5, 2008 6:35 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Maker of Arm & Hammer products to construct a new integrated laundry detergent manufacturing plant and distribution center that will reduce energy consumption 30 percent.

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Jobless Claims Show Better-Than-Expected Improvement

June 5, 2008 6:15 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Labor Department reported that applications for unemployment benefits totaled 357,000 last week, some 18,000 fewer than the previous week.

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Volcom Chooses Chairman, President

June 5, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

Clothing and accessories maker said its CEO, Richard Woolcott, has been elected chairman of the board of directors and COO Jason Steris will also now be president of the company.

Louisiana Wants Pet Food Manufacturers

June 5, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

Searching for new manufacturing ventures, state economic development officials say the production of premium pet foods holds promise for Louisiana.

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IBM Developing Mini Water Pipes For Chip Cooling

June 5, 2008 5:56 am | by Brian Bergstein, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Researchers believe that sloshing water through hair-thin pipes inside chips will solve a vexing problem facing next-generation computers -- heat.

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California Chemical Plant Catches Fire

June 5, 2008 5:52 am | News | Comments

Three-alarm blaze engulfed three truck tankers and kept residents in about 2,500 homes indoors for several hours before firefighters extinguished the flames.

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New Mississippi Toyota Parts Plant Names Manager

June 5, 2008 5:50 am | News | Comments

Toyota Boshoku America, a manufacturer of automotive interior systems, has named Johnny Tucker to oversee production and start-up efforts at its new Mississippi plant.

S. Korea Orders Intel To Pay $25.4M In Antitrust Probe

June 5, 2008 5:40 am | by Kelly Olsen, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Intel is facing a multimillion dollar fine in South Korea for something it says it does not do: Pay customers rebates to protect market share and hinder competition.

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Minnesota Senator Makes Case For Keeping Ford Plant

June 5, 2008 5:30 am | by Frederic J. Frommer Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Sen. Norm Coleman announced plans to travel to Detroit to urge Ford Motor Co. to scrap plans to close the company's St. Paul plant.

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