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Chinese Auto Sales Slide In November

December 8, 2008 4:20 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's passenger car sales fell 10.3 percent in November from a year earlier as stalling economic growth sapped consumer confidence, state media reports said.

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Chinese Court RefusesTainted Milk Lawsuit

December 8, 2008 4:12 am | by Henry Sanderson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Court refused to accept lawsuit filed against a Chinese dairy by families whose children were sickened or killed by tainted milk, lawyers involved in the case said.

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Lawmakers At Odds Over Big Three Bailout

December 5, 2008 12:45 pm | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

An agreement on legislation to save Detroit's automakers is a hefty undertaking when there are several competing options afloat, each with its own set of supporters.

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MetoKote Announces New Director

December 5, 2008 11:25 am | News | Comments

Provider of protective coating applications to a wide variety of industries announced the recent addition of Michael Cooper as Director, Asia Pacific OE Manufacturers.

Smithfield Foods, Union Near Vote

December 5, 2008 9:25 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Caustic 16-year effort to unionize world's largest hog slaughterhouse -- a journey that's included disputed elections and immigration raids -- is quietly headed toward an end next week.

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Gentex Cutting 400 Jobs

December 5, 2008 9:20 am | News | Comments

Auto parts supplier is laying off about 15.4 percent of its work force in response to steep drops in vehicle sales and production.

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Analyst Questions Boeing's Output

December 5, 2008 9:13 am | News | Comments

Cowen analyst said Boeing's November commercial deliveries were four aircraft, surprisingly low considering that plant workers approved a new contract Nov. 3.

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General Motors Cutting 2,000 More Jobs

December 5, 2008 9:10 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM says it will lay off about 2,000 more factory workers early next year as the U.S. auto sales slump continues to wreak havoc on domestic automakers.

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Mercedes' Sales Drop 25 Percent In November

December 5, 2008 8:00 am | News | Comments

German automaker Daimler AG said Friday that sales in its Mercedes-Benz Cars group dropped more than 25 percent in November to 84,500 vehicles worldwide.

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Unemployment Rate Surges To 6.7 Percent

December 5, 2008 7:20 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Employers slashed 533,000 jobs in November, the most in 34 years, catapulting the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent, dramatic proof the country is careening deeper into recession.

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Integrating Your EAM Software Into Your ERP Solution

December 5, 2008 6:30 am | by Amanda Earing, News Editor | Articles | Comments

By Amanda Earing, News Editor, Manufacturing.net Many maintenance managers might argue a case to keep their Enterprise Asset Management software separate from their manufacturing company’s Enterprise Resource Planning solution, but there are far more benefits to integrating the two.

House Uses Jobs Report To Push Auto Bailout

December 5, 2008 5:32 am | by Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Barney Frank says bleak unemployment figures makes helping the nation's beleaguered auto industry even more urgent.

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Cummins Cutting 500 White-Collar Jobs

December 5, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

Maker of engines and related components will cut at least 500 professional jobs worldwide by the end of this year, citing the deterioration of the U.S. economy and key global markets.

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Wis. Rep: Door Not Closed On GM’s Janesville Plant

December 5, 2008 5:05 am | News | Comments

State Rep. Mike Sheridan told GM the local union's proposed work rule changes and other concessions could save the company $120 million a year if it brings new work to Janesville.

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BMW Sales Slide 25 Percent In November

December 5, 2008 5:00 am | News | Comments

Automaker said Friday that its global sales last month slid 25 percent as the global financial crisis caused consumers to hold back from buying new cars.

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Meyer Named President Of Thomson

December 5, 2008 4:59 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Ron Meyer has been appointed President of Thomson, a Danaher Motion company, and will drive the strategy and management of global organization.

Germany's Economy To Shrink In 2009

December 5, 2008 4:55 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

As the global financial crisis takes its toll, Germany's central bank predicted Friday that the country's economy will shrink 0.8 percent next year.

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Some Idled Autoworkers Get Full Pay

December 5, 2008 4:50 am | by Dan Strumpf, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Since the 1980s, the industry's "jobs bank" has allowed thousands of laid-off auto workers to get paid for staying home or sitting in a union hall.

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Report: China To Issue List Of Banned Food Additives

December 5, 2008 4:40 am | News | Comments

Beijing will issue a blacklist of food additives that could be harmful, state media said, in the wake of a scandal over tainted milk that killed six children and sickened hundreds of thousands.

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Toy Companies Settle Chinese-Made Toys Lead Lawsuit

December 5, 2008 4:28 am | News | Comments

Nine toy companies, including Mattel, will pay a total of nearly $1.8 million to settle a lawsuit over Chinese-made toys tainted with lead, California officials said.

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