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Chrysler, German Company Team Up On Axle Plant

November 18, 2008 6:45 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automaker says it has reached an agreement with Germany's ZF Friedrichschafen AG to run a new axle factory north of Detroit.


AstraZeneca Names U.S. Business President

November 18, 2008 6:35 am | News | Comments

British pharmaceutical company said Tuesday it has named Rich Fante president of its U.S. business.

South Carolina Textile Plant Cuts 300 Jobs

November 18, 2008 6:33 am | News | Comments

Solutia Inc. nylon manufacturing plant in Greenwood, S.C., is laying off 300 workers because of the poor economy.


SKD To Cut More Than 300 Jobs

November 18, 2008 5:28 am | News | Comments

Manager says executive at SKD Automotive Group confirmed that the company will not close a parts plant, despite SKD's decision to cut over 300 jobs at the factory.


ON Semi, Microchip Withdraw Bid To Buy Atmel

November 18, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

Chipmakers ON Semiconductor and Microchip made an unsolicited bid to buy Atmel last month for $2.3 billion, but the companies withdrew the joint proposal on Tuesday.


InBev Closes Anheuser Takeover

November 18, 2008 5:06 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Belgian brewer on Tuesday formed the world's largest brewer when it closed its $52 billion takeover of Anheuser-Busch Cos.


U.S. Wholesale Prices Plunge In October

November 18, 2008 5:00 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Labor Department reported Tuesday that wholesale prices dropped by 2.8 percent in October, the biggest one-month decline on records that go back more than 60 years.


GM Unveils 3 New Models For Chinese Market

November 18, 2008 4:50 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hoping to keep its edge in a market vital to its future as it struggles for survival, General Motors unveiled a Buick Enclave SUV, Chevrolet Cruze sedan and Cadillac CTS-V for China.


Chinese Exec: Oil Should Rebound To $70-$80

November 18, 2008 4:40 am | by Paul Haven, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Head of China's biggest offshore energy producer said he thinks oil prices are likely to return to the $70-$80 barrel range, though low prices could continue for some time.


Spansion Files Patent Lawsuit Against Samsung

November 18, 2008 4:40 am | News | Comments

World's No. 3 maker of flash memory chips by revenue sued Samsung, claiming millions of consumer electronic devices made with Samsung’s flash memory chips violate Spansion patents.


Ford Chief Defends Company

November 18, 2008 4:37 am | News | Comments

Chief exec Alan Mulally said automaker is working hard to 'transform our business' into a more profitable one that meets 21st century demands for fuel-efficient vehicles.


Eclipse Workers Back On The Job, Receive Paychecks

November 18, 2008 4:30 am | by Heather Clark, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Employees for Eclipse Aviation have returned to work and are getting their paychecks, after being told last week that the company could not make payroll.


U.S. Working With China On Product Safety

November 18, 2008 4:29 am | by Audra Ang, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Worries about quality of Chinese exports to the U.S. have become a major feature of trade ties, with substandard food and lead-tainted toys among recurring safety scares.


Big Three Beg For Bailout

November 18, 2008 4:27 am | by Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Detroit's Big Three automakers begging Congress for a $25 billion government rescue, while the legislation clings to life support on Capitol Hill.


Cash-Strapped Ford Slices Mazda Stake

November 18, 2008 4:22 am | by Jay Alabaster, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Ford slashing stake in Japan's Mazda Motor Corp. by nearly two-thirds, joining other struggling U.S. automakers in a fire-sale of prized assets to stay afloat.


Jayco Closing Indiana RV Plant

November 18, 2008 4:20 am | News | Comments

Recreational vehicle manufacturer plans to close its Topeka, Ind., Starcraft trailer plant in early January, idling 244 workers.


Ford Shows Off 2010 Mustang

November 18, 2008 4:19 am | News | Comments

Automaker tries to revive its classic Mustang muscle car with a makeover for the 2010 model year that debuts at this week's Los Angeles Auto Show.


China Denies Stealing U.S. Space Tech

November 18, 2008 4:15 am | News | Comments

Beijing dismissed suggestions it is seeking to illegally obtain U.S. space technology after a scientist in the United States was convicted of violating the U.S. arms embargo on China.


Auto Industry Bailout Hopes Dim

November 17, 2008 12:08 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher and Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Prospects dimmed Monday for a $25 billion bailout for the faltering auto industry, as congressional Democrats and the Bush administration headed for a stalemate over the plan.


Honda Dedicates First Indiana Assembly Plant

November 17, 2008 10:20 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda eventually plans to make 200,000 gasoline-powered Civics a year by operating two shifts at the Greensburg, Ind., factory which covers 42 acres.



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