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China, ASEAN Strengthen Food Safety Stance

October 29, 2007 6:51 am | News | Comments

Ministers for food safety and health from 10 countries agreed to unify the standards with international requirements on food products to facilitate regulation and enforcement.

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European Steel Producers Ask For Chinese Sanctions

October 29, 2007 6:44 am | News | Comments

Steel industry group Eurofer says steel producers are asking the European Union to slap a 40 percent surcharge on soaring imports of below-cost Chinese steel.

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India's Economic Development Hides Plight Of Poor

October 29, 2007 6:42 am | by Gavin Rabinowitz, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Critics contend India's Special Economic Zones, set up to attact foreign investment, force farmers from their land or cheat them on its value.

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Safran To Sell Business Unit To Gores Group

October 29, 2007 6:40 am | News | Comments

French aerospace company agrees to sell its Sagem Communications business in a deal worth $551.5 million.

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Toy Train Makers Close To Ending Lengthy Legal Battle

October 29, 2007 5:57 am | News | Comments

Columbia-based MTH Electric Trains had sued Lionel LLC, a century-old brand, accusing it of stealing train designs through a Korean subcontractor.

CAW Head Not Impressed With Chrysler, UAW Contact

October 29, 2007 5:54 am | by Roger Ward, CP | News | Comments

Canadian Auto Workers’ leader Buzz Hargrove voiced disappointment with a deal he said fails to resolve issues of foreign competition and health care.

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Idaho Officials Trying To Attract More Gun Makers

October 29, 2007 5:50 am | News | Comments

Besides favorable manufacturing and tax regulations, gun makers are also looking for areas where gun ownership is viewed more favorably.

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Pentax Could Seek Damages Over Battery Plant Fire

October 29, 2007 5:45 am | News | Comments

Damages could result from the cost of finding another supply of battery components for Pentax's new digital camera, as well as losses from the launch delay.

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Westlake Expanding Vinyls Production

October 29, 2007 5:40 am | News | Comments

Westlake Chemical investing $90 million to expand production of chlor-alkali and PVC resin at its Calvert City, Ky., plant.

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Novartis To Invest In Singapore Cell Culture Plant

October 29, 2007 5:40 am | News | Comments

Swiss pharmaceutical company will invest US$700 million in the production facility.

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Nissan Joint Venture To Build LCVs In India

October 29, 2007 5:29 am | by Rajesh Mahapatra, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese automaker and India's Ashok Leyland investing $500 million to jointly develop and manufacture light commercial vehicles.

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Manufacturers Going The Extra Mile For Sustainability

October 29, 2007 5:22 am | by Jeff Barnard, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Beyond cutting costs for energy and waste, embracing sustainability can improve a manufacturer's reputation, get better performance out of employees and foster innovation.

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GM Plans Alternative Fuel Research Center In Shanghai

October 29, 2007 5:17 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Motors located the facility in China because of its fast-growing vehicle market, large pool of talented researchers and the government's push to develop alternative energy sources.

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Kaydon Buys Bearings Manufacturer

October 29, 2007 5:11 am | News | Comments

Acquisition of Avon Bearings will expand Kaydon's offshore crane, construction and steel markets.

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UAW Narrowly Passes Chrysler Contract

October 29, 2007 5:02 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The union said 56 percent of production workers and 51 percent of skilled trades workers voted for the Chrysler pact.

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Ford, UAW On Same Page With Job Cuts

October 26, 2007 12:19 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press | News | Comments

In upcoming negotiations, Ford likely will follow a pattern established in the UAW's deal with GM, but Ford could seek deeper concessions because its financial state is worse.

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Chrysler Contract Vote In The Hands Of Illinois Union

October 26, 2007 12:11 pm | by Tara Burghart, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Regardless of how they voted, union members say they are concerned about the deal's ramifications, particularly the lower-tier wage scale for new, 'noncore' employees who do not build vehicles or manufacture parts.

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Private Firm Buys Bausch & Lomb For $3.67 Billion

October 26, 2007 11:30 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In the purchase of the troubled eye care products maker, New York-based firm Warburg Pincus also assumed $830 million debt from the manufacturer.

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Six Injured In Cambrex Corp Fire

October 26, 2007 11:05 am | News | Comments

The blaze at Cambrex Corp. pharmaceutical plant in Iowa started in a paddle dryer that is used in the manufacture of a poultry feed additive.

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Holiday Electronics Sales Expected To Rise

October 26, 2007 11:00 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Analysts expect growth over last year but are concerned that larger economic worries may impact sales in the U.S. and say sales of some major types of products are slowing down.

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